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This Day in History: Dec. 8

The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is formed in Columbus, OH, by 25 craft unions.
In the Battle of Falkland Islands, a World War I naval engagement in the south Atlantic, a British squadron sinks nearly the entire German squadron of ships commanded by Vice Adm. Maximilian von Spee.
The United States declares war on Japan.
The Kuomintang government of Chiang Kai-shek leaves China to take refuge in Taiwan.
Former Beatle John Lennon is shot and killed outside his New York City apartment building.
Pres. Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty to dismantle all intermediate- and shorter-range nuclear missiles.
Leaders of Russia, Byelorussia, and Ukraine sign an agreement to create a Commonwealth of Independent States, invite other Soviet republics to join, and declare that all signatory states are independent.
Pres. Bill Clinton signs the NAFTA trade agreement.


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