On this day in history:
In 1864, in the first battle of Atlanta, Confederate troops under Gen. John Hood were defeated by Union forces under Gen. William Sherman.
In 1916, a bomb hidden in a suitcase exploded during a Preparedness Day parade on San Francisco's Market Street, killing 10 people and injuring 40. The parade was in support of the United States' entrance into World War I.
In 1933, Wiley Post completed his first solo flight around the world. It took him 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger died in a hail of bullets from federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.
In 1991, police arrested serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, finding human body parts stored in his refrigerator and freezer, and others decomposing in chemicals in a 57-gallon drum. Dahmer confessed to 17 murders in all.
In 1992, cartel boss Pablo Escobar vanished along with 10 fellow prison inmates after they staged a riot and held four high-level government officials hostage for some 20 hours in Bogota, Colombia.
In 1994, a U.S. federal judge ordered The Citadel, a state-financed military college in Charleston, S.C., to open its doors to women.
In 2003, Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusai were killed by U.S. forces in a 6-hour firefight at a house in Mosul in northern Iraq.
In 2009, millions of people across Asia sought vantage points to view a rare 6 1/2-minute solar eclipse, longest of the 21st century. It will not be surpassed until 2132.
In 2018, Francesco Molinari won the 147th British Open, becoming the first Italian to win a major championship.
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A thought for the day: A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. -- musician Jim Morrison
On this date in history:
In 1886, delegates from 25 unions founded the American Federation of Labor, forerunner of the modern AFL-CIO, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Those born on this date include:
- Mary Queen of Scots in 1542
- Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, in 1765
- General Motors founder William Durant in 1861
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2019 with 23 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
On December 8th, 1609, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the second public library in Europe, opened.
A thought for the day: President George H.W. Bush said, In the wake of the Cold War, in a world where we are the only remaining superpower, it is the role of the United States to marshal its moral and material resources to...Read More