What Happened on December 8

Historical Events

  • 1863 Abraham Lincoln's Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South
  • 1941 US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II
  • 1941 President Roosevelt delivers "Day of Infamy" speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbour
  • 1965 Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
  • 1966 US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
  • 2004 The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
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Did You Know?

Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the UN in New York.

On December 8, 1953

Famous Weddings

  • 1872 Religious leader Brigham Young (71) weds his fifty-fifth wife Hannah Tapfield in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1950 NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch
  • 1953 Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 "Happy Days" actor and legendary bachelor Scott Baio (46) weds longtime girlfriend Renee Sloan at a luxury high-rise in Los Angeles
  • 2007 Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough (34) weds longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 "Heart" rock singer Nancy Wilson (56) divorces "Almost Famous" and "Elizabethtown" director Cameron Crowe (53) due to irreconcilable differences after 24 years of marriage
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