On This Day: December 08th

This is 343rd day of the year and 23 days remain in the year.

in history
Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
The American Federation of Labor was founded at a convention of union leaders in Columbus, Ohio.
Congress declared war on Japan and the U.S. entered World War II.
Communist attacks forced the Chinese Nationalist government to flee to the island of Formosa (Taiwan).
Former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir died.
John Lennon, former member of the Beatles, was shot and killed in New York City by a deranged fan.
President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the two superpowers.
President Bill Clinton signed The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law.
December 08 Birthdays
Eli Whitney1765–1825, American inventor.
Sammy Davis, Jr.singer, actor
David Carradineactor
Jim Morrisonrock musician
Kim Basingeractor
Teri Hatcheractor
Sinead O'Connorsinger, songwriter
William C. Durantmanufacturer
Christinaqueen of Sweden
Diego Riverapainter
James Thurberhumorist
Mary, Queen of Scotsqueen
Aristide Maillolsculptor
Jean Sibeliuscomposer
Lee J. Cobbactor

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