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December 06, 2009

This Day in History: Dec. 7:

1787: Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 1917: The U.S. declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I. 1941: The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. 1972: America's final moon mission, Apollo 17, blasted off from Cape Canaveral. 1975: Indonesia invaded East Timor, leading to a 25-year occupation. 1988: A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Armenia, killing 25,000. 2001: Taliban forces fled from Kandahar, their last stronghold in Afghanistan. 2002: Iraq formally declared to the UN that it had no weapons of mass destruction. 2004: Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Willa Cather, 1873; Actor Eli Wallach, 1914; Actor Ted Knight, 1923; Linguist Noam Chomsky, 1928; Actress Ellen Burstyn, 1932; Singer Harry Chapin, 1942; Singer Tom Waits, 1949; Basketball player Larry Bird, 1956; . Actress Shiri Appleby, 1978; Singer Aaron Carter, 1987. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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