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Today is Thursday, December 8, the 342nd day of 2022. There are 23 days left in the year.

Today’s highlights in history:

On December 8, 1941, The United States entered World War II when Congress declared war on Imperial Japan, one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In this day:

In 1765, Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, was born in Westborough, Massachusetts.

in 1886the American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1949, the Chinese nationalist government moved from mainland China to Formosa as the communists pressed their attacks.

In 1980, Rock star and former Beatle John Lennon was shot dead outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty at the White House calling for the destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

In 1991, AIDS patient Kimberly Bergalis, who had contracted the disease from her dentist, died in Fort Pierce, Florida, at age 23.

In 2001, the United States Capitol was reopened to tourists after a two-month security lockdown.

In 2008, In a stunning reversal, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told the Guantánamo war crimes tribunal that he would confess to masterminding the 9/11 attacks; four other men also abandoned their defenses.

In 2011, the NBA’s 161-day lockout ended when the owners and players ratified the new collective agreement.

In 2014, The United States and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks sparked an invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government.

In 2016, John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an American hero and propelled him to a long career in the United States Senate, has died in Columbus, Ohio at age 95.

In 2020, the Supreme Court rejected the latest attempt by Republicans to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election battleground victory; the court declined to challenge the certification process in the state.

Ten years ago: Police have charged Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent with intoxication manslaughter after he flipped his car in a pre-dawn crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. (Brent was convicted in January 2014 and sentenced to 180 days in prison; the NFL reinstated him in September 2014.) Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Five years ago: Japanese pitching and hitting star Shohei Ohtani announced that he would sign with the Los Angeles Angels.

A year ago: With more than two dozen states poised to ban abortion if given the go-ahead by the US Supreme Court, California clinics and their allies in the state Legislature unveiled a plan to make the state a “sanctuary ” for those seeking reproductive care. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to make the federal government carbon neutral by 2050, with the goal of a 65% reduction in planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a fleet of cars and all-electric trucks five years later. The number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has reached 200 million. Nearly 17 years after being sentenced to death, Scott Peterson was again sentenced in California to life in prison without parole for the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, on Christmas Eve in 2002. death penalty.) The leader of center-left Olaf Scholz became Germany’s ninth chancellor after World War II.

Today’s birthdays: Flautist James Galway and singer Jerry Butler are 83 years old. Musician Bobby Elliott (The Hollies) is 81. Actor Mary Woronov is 79. Actor John Rubinstein is 76. Actor Kim Basinger is 69. Rock musician Warren Cuccurullo is 66. Musician Phil Collen (Def. Leppard) is 65. Country singer Marty Raybon is 63. Political commentator Ann Coulter is 61. Rock musician Marty Friedman is 60. Actor Wendell Pierce is 59. Actor Teri Hatcher is 58. Actor David Harewood is 57. Singer Sinead O’Connor ( alias Shuhada’ Davitt) and actor Matthew Laborteaux are 56 years old. Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Mussina is 54. Musician Ryan Newell (sister Hazel) is 50. Actor Dominic Monaghan is 46. Actor Ian Somerhalder is 44. Rock singer Ingrid Michaelson is 43. Singer R&B singer Chrisette Michele and actor Hannah Ware are 40 years old. Country singer Sam Hunt is 38. MLB All-Star infielder Josh Donaldson is 37. Rock singer-actress Kate Voegele is 36. Musician Jen Ledger (Skillet) and NHL defenseman Drew Doughty they are 33 Actress Wallis Currie-Wood is 31 years old. Actress Ann aSophia Robb is 29 years old.

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