GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, December 07, the 341st day of 2014 with 24 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:59 and sunset is @ 4:11. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 43 B.C.E. – Cicero of Rome was assassinated on the orders of Marcus Antonius.
1431 – Henry VI of England was crowned King of France.
1787 – Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America, also making it the first state of the modern United States.
1796 – Electors chose John Adams to be the second President of the United States of America.
1808 – James Madison was elected President of the United States of America, succeeding Thomas Jefferson.
1836 – Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth President of the United States of America.
1842 – The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
1917 – The United States declared war on Austria-Hungary.
1941 – Japanese forces attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaiiand other British and American territories and possessions in the Pacific.
1942 – U.S. Navy launched USS New Jersey, the largest battleship ever built.
1944 – The U.S. formally announced that all six Japanese aircraft carriers involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor were sunk.
1972 – America’s last manned moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
1975 – Indonesian forces launched a massive invasion of the former Portuguese half of the island of Timor, which lies between Indonesia and Australia.
1988 – A 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the Soviet Union devastated northern Armenia; official estimates put the death toll at 25,000.
2002 – Iraq handed over its arms declaration to the United Nations, denying it had weapons of mass destruction.
2004 – Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan’s first popularly elected, post-Taliban president.