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December 8 Birthdays

Eli Whitney
1765–1825, American inventor.

Mary, Queen of Scots
queen (1542)

queen of Sweden (1626)

William C. Durant
manufacturer (1861)

Aristide Maillol
sculptor (1861)

Jean Sibelius
composer (1865)

Diego Rivera
painter (1886)

James Thurber
humorist (1894)

Lee J. Cobb
actor (1911)

Sammy Davis, Jr.
singer, actor (1925)

David Carradine
actor (1936)

Jim Morrison
rock musician (1943)

Kim Basinger
actor (1953)

Teri Hatcher
actor (1964)

Sinead O'Connor
singer, songwriter (1966)

December 8 in History


Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.


The American Federation of Labor was founded at a convention of union leaders in Columbus, Ohio.


Congress declared war on Japan and the U.S. entered World War II.


Communist attacks forced the Chinese Nationalist government to flee to the island of Formosa (Taiwan).


Former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir died.


John Lennon, former member of the Beatles, was shot and killed in New York City by a deranged fan.


President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the two superpowers.


President Bill Clinton signed The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law.

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