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Today in History for Dec. 7

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American ships burn during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1942. (AP Photo)

On Dec. 7, 1941: the Empire of Japan launched an air raid on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as well as targets in Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines and Wake Island; the United States declared war against Japan the next day.

ALSO ON THIS DATE:

In 1787: Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1796: Electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States.

In 1917: During World War I, the United States declared war on Austria-Hungary.

In 1963: During the Army-Navy game, videotaped instant replay was used for the first time in a live sports telecast.

In 1972: America's last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

In 1982: Convicted murderer Charlie Brooks Jr. became the first U.S. prisoner to be executed by injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas.

In 1988: A major earthquake in the Soviet Union devastated northern Armenia; official estimates put the death toll at 25-thousand.

In 2001: Taliban forces abandoned their last bastion in Afghanistan, fleeing the southern city of Kandahar.

In 2004: Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.

In 2017: Democratic Sen. Al Franken said he would resign after a series of sexual harassment allegations; he took a parting shot at President Donald Trump, describing him as "a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault." Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said he would resign, after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers.

In 2018: The man who drove his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Virginia was convicted of first-degree murder; a state jury rejected defense arguments that James Alex Fields Jr. acted in self-defense.

In 2020: Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles "Chuck" Yeager, the World War II fighter pilot ace and quintessential test pilot who in 1947 became the first person to fly faster than sound, died at 97.

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