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December 8 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 8, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0644 - Omar I, 2nd kalief of Islam, murdered
0899 - Arnulf of Carinthia, last emperor of Austria-France, dies
1326 - Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi 1710 Battle at Brihuega: English General Stanhope captured
1587 - Mary, Queen of Scots (1560-1587), executed
1710 - Battle at Brihuega: English Gen Stanhope captured
1776 - George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from New Jersey
1777 - Captain Cook leaves Society Islands
1792 - First cremation in US, Henry Laurens
1794 - First issue of the Herald of Rutland, Vermont published
1831 - James Hoban, architect who designed White House, dies
1854 - Pope Pius IX proclaims Immaculate Conception, makes Mary, free of Original Sin
1863 - Abraham Lincoln announces plan for Reconstruction of South, offering amnesty to Confederate deserters
1863 - Jesuit Church of La Compana in Santiago Chile catches fire, 2,500 die in panic
1864 - Pope Pius IX publishes encyclical Quanta cura ("Syllabus errorum")
1869 - 20th Roman Catholic ecumenical council, Vatican I, opens in Rome
1874 - Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie, Kansas
1876 - Suriname begins compulsory education for 7-12 years
1880 - 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal South-Africa
1881 - Vienna's Ring Theater destroyed by fire, kills between 640-850
1886 - American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions; Samuel Gompers elected AFL president
1895 - Battle at Amba Alagi: Ethiopian emperor Menelik II drives Italian General Baratieri's out
1896 - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Missing 3 Quarter" (BG)
1899 - Natal: British fall/burst out belegerd Ladysmith
1902 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr became Associate Justice on Supreme Court
1907 - Oscar II Frederick, King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies
1909 - Bird banding society found
1913 - Construction starts on Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco
1914 - British & German fleets battle at Falkland Island
1914 - Connie Mack sells Eddie Collins to the White Sox
1921 - Eamon de Valera publicly repudiates Anglo-Irish Treaty
1923 - German-US friendship treaty signed
1923 - Labour/Liberals win British parliament
1923 - Salary & price freeze in Germany
1931 - Coaxial cable patented
1936 - NAACP files suit to equalize the salaries of black & white teachers
1936 - Anastasio Somoza elected President of Nicaragua
1938 - LP Beria follows Nikolai Jezjov as head of Russian secret police
1940 - First NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
1941 - San Francisco first blackout, at 6 15 PM
1941 - Destruction Camp Chelmo opens
1941 - London: Dutch government declares Japan the war
1941 - Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo
1941 - US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WWII
1942 - 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)
1946 - Army rocket plane XS-1 makes first powered flight
1948 - 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
1948 - Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
1949 - Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa
1951 - American League alters its restrictions on night games, adopting National League's suspended game rule & lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games
1952 - First TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
1952 - French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
1952 - Isaak Ben-Zwi elected President of Israel
1953 - 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
1955 - 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)
1955 - Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award
1955 - Turkish government of Menderes forms
1956 - First test firing of the Vanguard satellite program, TV-0
1956 - Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" single goes #1 for 10 weeks
1956 - 16th Olympic games close in Melbourne, Australia
1959 - Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta
1960 - Expansion Los Angeles Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium
1961 - Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive points without a miss (NBA record)
1961 - Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
1961 - Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78
1962 - 114-day newspaper strike begins in New York NY
1962 - Failed coup in Brunei
1962 - Funeral for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland (New Kerk, Delft)
1963 - 3 fuel tanks explodes when jetliner is struck by lightning crashing near Elkton MD-Only case of lightning caused crash, 81 die
1963 - Mickey Wright/Dave Ragan Jr win LPGA Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Golf
1965 - Nikolai Podgorny succeeds Mikojan as President of USSR
1965 - Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
1966 - A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith
1966 - US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
1967 - Robert H Lawrence, USAF/astronaut, dies at 32
1967 - Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK
1967 - NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals
1969 - Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
1969 - Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in Los Angeles
1972 - United Airlines airplane crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
1973 - 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)
1974 - Soyuz 16 returns to Earth
1974 - Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
1974 - Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
1974 - Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
1976 - UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim Secretary-General
1976 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 - 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
1977 - Portugal's premier Soares resigns
1978 - Golda Meir, Israel's PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80
1980 - John Lennon, assassinated in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40
1981 - France performs nuclear test
1982 - Demanding an end to nuclear weapons, Norman Mayer, holds the Washington Monument hostage - After 10 hours, police kill him; he has no explosives
1982 - Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
1983 - 9th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 6-lands at Edwards AFB
1983 - Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of San Francisco Zen Center
1984 - Ringo Starr appears on Saturday Night Live
1984 - 73rd Australian Men Tennis: Mats Wilander beats K Curren (67 64 76 62)
1984 - Europe & 64 developing countries sign Lom´┐Ż III treaty
1985 - Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (New York Jet record) to Wesley Walker
1985 - 60th Australian Women's Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (62 46 62)
1985 - Laurie Rinker/Larry Rinker win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1986 - House Democrats select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker
1987 - Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes first goalie to actually score a goal
1987 - Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
1987 - Occupied Palestinians start "intefadeh" (uprising) against Israel
1987 - President Reagan & Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles
1988 - Knick's set NBA record of 11 3-pointers & sink Bucks, 113-109
1989 - Great Britain performs nuclear test
1990 - Galileo Earth-1 Flyby
1990 - Indians agree to a lease new ballpark in Gateway (Jacobs Field)
1991 - Russia, Byelorussia & Ukraine form Commonwealth of Independent States
1991 - Kris Tschetter/Billy Andrade win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1992 - Galileo's nearest approach to Jupiter (303 km)
1992 - NBC announces that "Cheers" will go off the air in May 1993
1993 - 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria
1993 - 4th Billboard Music Awards
1993 - Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53
1993 - Storm hits West Europe, 11 killed in England
1994 - Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges
1994 - Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed
1996 - Donna Andrews & Mike Hulbert win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1997 - 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Spice Girls win
1997 - Bob Bell, clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75


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