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On this day, December 7th

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Updated: 12/06/2010 5:00 pm

Here are some of the things that happened on December 7th.

43BC, Roman orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero was executed for a series of attacks on Mark Anthony.

1732, England's new Royal Italian Opera House in Covent Garden opened with a performance of The Beggar's Opera.

1783, William Pitt was made Prime Minister of Britain at the age of 24.

1817, Rear Admiral William Bligh, captain of The Bounty, died.

1909, the Union of South Africa was declared.

1917, American president Woodrow Wilson declared war on Austria.

1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine Air Forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  This caused a declaration of war against Japan by the U.S.

1972, Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral. It was America's last mission to the moon.

1982, Charles Brooks, Jr., a death row prisoner at in Texas, became the first American to die by lethal injection.

1987, it was reported that American comic Bill Cosby was earning 10 times more a minute than Queen Elizabeth II.  He was making $320 every 60 seconds.

1988, an earthquake in Armenia killed more than 100,000.

1989, a gunman who claimed to hate feminists massacred 14 women at the University of Montreal, Canada, before turning the gun on himself.

1998, American father Brian Stewart was found guilty of injecting his baby son with AIDS-infected blood to avoid paying child support.

2001, Taliban forces fled from Kandahar, their last stronghold in Afghanistan.

2004, Hamid Karzai is inaugurated as President of Afghanistan.


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