Today is Wednesday, December 7, the 341st day of 2022. There are 24 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched an air raid on the United States Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as well as targets in Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines, and Wake Island; the United States declares war on Japan the next day.
To this date :
In 1787 Delaware became the first state to ratify the US Constitution.
In 1796, voters 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 broadcast.
In 1972, the last American lunar mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 lifted off from Cape Canaveral.
In 1982, convicted murderer Charlie Brooks Jr. became the first American 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 25,000.
In 2001, Taliban forces abandoned their last stronghold in Afghanistan, fleeing the southern city of Kandahar.
In 2004, Hamid Karzai (HAH’-mihd KAHR’-zeye) was sworn in as Afghanistan’s first popularly elected president.
In 2017, Democratic Senator Al Franken said he would step down after a series of sexual harassment allegations; he shot President Donald Trump, describing him as “a man who bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault”. Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona has said he will step down, after revealing he discussed surrogacy with two employees.
In 2018, the man who drove his car into counter-protesters 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. General Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the ace WWII fighter pilot and quintessential test pilot who in 1947 became the first person to fly faster than sound, has died at 97 .
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama asked Congress for $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states affected by Super Hurricane Sandy (legislators ended up passing a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure plus a $9.7 billion bill to replenish the National Flood Insurance Program).
Five years ago: A white former South Carolina police officer, Michael Slager, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist, Walter Scott, in North Charleston in 2015. Protesters in the Gaza Strip burned American flags and pictures of President Trump and Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, following Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
A year ago: In a video call lasting more than two hours, President Joe Biden warned Russian Vladimir Putin that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would lead to sanctions and enormous damage to the Russian economy. A major outage to Amazon’s cloud computing network severely disrupted services for a wide range of US businesses for more than five hours, affecting everything from airline reservations and car dealerships to payment apps and services video streaming.
Today’s birthdays: Linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky turns 94. Bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne is 91. Actor Ellen Burstyn is 90 years old. Broadcast journalist Carole Simpson is 82 years old. Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 75. Actor-director-producer James Keach is 75. Country singer Gary Morris is 74 years old. Singer-songwriter Tom Waits is 73 years old. Senator Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, is 70 years old. announcer Edd (cq) Hall is 64 years old. Rock musician Tim Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) is 64. Actor Patrick Fabian is 58 years old. Actor Jeffrey Wright is 57 years old. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 56 years old. Actor Kimberly Hébert Gregory (TV: “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”) is 50. Producer-director Jason Winer is 50. Former NFL player Terrell Owens is 49. Rapper-producer Kon Artis is 48. Pop singer Nicole Appleton (All Saints) is 47. Latin singer Frankie J is 46. Country singer Sunny Sweeney is 46. Actor Chris Chalk is 45. Actor Shiri Appleby is 44. Pop-r Rock singer/celebrity judge Sara Bareilles (bah-REHL’-es) is 43. Actress Jennifer Carpenter is 43. Actor Jack Huston is 40. The player of MLB’s first baseman, Pete Alonso, is 28.