Wednesday, December 8, 2010

On This Date In History - December 8th

I was just browsing the web and came across this interesting information about December 8th - thought I would share it with you.

1776 George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War.

1863 President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.

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

1925 Sammy Davis Jr., the American performer famous for his singing, dancing and comedy routines , was born. He died on May 16, 1990.

1941 The United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

1980 Rock musician John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman. The former Beatle was 40.

1987 Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories began an 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.

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.

How much we tend to forget when we are busy with our day to day activities in life. Will today be an important date in history? As they say - "only time will tell."

1 comment:

Kittie Howard said...

I've sometimes wondered why so many major events happened in December. Haven't a clue why. But your list provided food for more thought. Thank you!!