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This Day in History for December 8 — John Lennon Killed, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863: President Abraham Lincoln offers his conciliatory plan for reunification of the United States with his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (more info)

1980: Music icon John Lennon is murdered by a mentally unstable fan in front of the Dakota apartment building in New York City (more info)

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This Day in History for December 7 — Attack on Pearl Harbor, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1787: Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution (more info)

1941: In an early-morning sneak attack, Japanese warplanes bomb the U.S. naval base at Oahu Island's Pearl Harbor, causing the United States to enter World War II (more info)

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This Day in History for December 5 — End of Prohibition, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1848: In a message before Congress, President James K. Polk sparks the Gold Rush when he confirms that large amounts of the precious metal had been discovered in California (more info)

1933: The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, bringing an end to the prohibition of alcohol in America (more info)

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This Day in History for November 17 — Suez Canal Opens, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1869: The Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, opens in Egypt (more info)

1968: Viewers of the Raiders-Jets football game are prevented from watching its exciting finish when NBC switches its broadcast to the movie 'Heidi,' prompting changes to sports broadcasting in the U.S. (more info)

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This Day in History for November 14 — Booker T. Washington Dies, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1882: Billy the Kid is killed in a shootout in Tombstone, Arizona (more info)

1889: Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly—aka Elizabeth Cochrane—begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days, completing the trip in 72 days (more info)

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This Day in History for November 12 — Ellis Island Closes, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1927: Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in undisputed control of the Soviet Union (more info)

1954: Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892 (more info)

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This Day in History for November 8 — JFK Elected, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1793: After more than two centuries as a royal palace, the Louvre is opened as a public museum in Paris by the French revolutionary government (more info)

1895: While experimenting with electricity, German scientist Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray (more info)

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This Day in History for October 31 — Mount Rushmore Completed, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1864: Nevada is admitted as the 36th state in the U.S. (more info)

1926: Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured (more info)

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