on this day … 12/8


1863
Lincoln issues Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction »

1980

John Lennon shot
John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, the rock group that transformed popular music in the 1960s, is shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range with… read more »
1775
Americans begin siege of Quebec »
1942
Auto-factory architect Albert Kahn dies »
1949
Chinese Nationalists move capital to Taiwan »
1980
John Lennon is murdered »
1881
Theater fire kills hundreds in Vienna »
1542
Mary Queen of Scots born »
1987
Superpowers agree to reduce nuclear arsenals »
1993
NAFTA signed into law »
1982
Meryl Streep stars in Sophie’s Choice »
1894
James Thurber is born »
1980
John Lennon is assassinated in New York City »
1941
Jeanette Rankin casts sole vote against WWII »
1941
Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war on Japan »
1940
Bears beat Redskins 73-0 in NFL Championship game »
1965
Operation Tiger Hound launched »
1966
North Vietnam rejects Johnson’s prisoner exchange proposal »
1969
Nixon declares Vietnam War is ending »
1914
The Battle of the Falkland Islands »
1941
The United States declares war on Japan »