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This Day In History: Dec. 7

1787 Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the Constitution.
1941 Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, HI, killing 2,300, sinking or damaging 19 ships, and precipitating U.S. intervention in World War II.
1965 The mutual excommunications issued by the Western and Eastern Christian churches in 1054 are cancelled by Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I as part of a larger effort to draw the two churches together.
1982 Lethal injection is used for the first time in the United States, to execute a convicted murderer in Texas.
1988 An earthquake in the Soviet province of Armenia kills 55,000.
1995 The spacecraft Galileo enters orbit around Jupiter.
2002 Iraq issues a 12,000-page report purporting to be a full account covering any programs related to production of weapons of mass destruction.


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