On December 11th, 1872, P.B.S. Pinchback was sworn in as the first African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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On December 8th, 1609, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the second public library in Europe, opened.
A thought for the day: I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. -- Albert Einstein
On this date in history:
In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1909, Leo Baekeland patented the process for making Bakelite, giving birth to the modern plastics ...Read More
Those born on this date include:
- Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1598
- Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and co-originator of cell theory, in 1810
- novelist Willa Cather in 1873
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 7, the 342nd day of 2016 with 24 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Uranus.
On December 7th, 1732, the Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden, London.