Today in History, December 8th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, December 8th!

1863 Union General William Averell’s cavalry destroys railroads in the southwestern part of West Virginia.

William Averell

William Averell

1863 President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
1886 The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
1914 The German cruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg, and Liepzig are sunk by a British force in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
1920 President Woodrow Wilson declines to send a representative to the League of Nations in Geneva.

President Woodrow Wilson

President Woodrow Wilson

1932 Japan tells the League of Nations that it has no control over her designs in China.
1941 Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita begins his attack against the British army at Singapore.
1943 U.S. carrier-based planes sink two cruisers and down 72 planes in the Marshall Islands.
1944 The United States conducts the longest, most effective air raid on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.
1948 The United Nations approves the recognition of South Korea.
1967 In the biggest battle yet in the Mekong Delta, 365 Viet Cong are killed.
1968 South Vietnam’s Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky arrives in Paris for peace talks.
1980 John Lennon is shot to death outside his Manhattan apartment building.

John Lennon

John Lennon

1982 The Washington, D.C., police shoot and kill a man threatening to blow up the Washington Monument.
1987 Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories began an intefadeh, or uprising.
1987 President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
1991 Russia, Belarus and Ukraine declared the Soviet national government dead, forming a new Commonwealth of Independent States.
1991 Kimberly Bergalis, who had contracted AIDS from her dentist, died in Florida at age 23.
1992 Americans saw live TV coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia as Operation Restore Hope began.
1993 President Bill Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Bill Clinton signing into law the North American Free Trade Agreement

Bill Clinton signing into law the North American Free Trade Agreement

1995 The Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up after 30 years of making music. The news came four months after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
2008 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal he would confess to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks; four other men also abandoned their defenses.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, HistoryOrb.com, and On This Day blogs from my blogroll.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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