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This Day in History: Dec. 8

1886
The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is formed in Columbus, OH, by 25 craft unions.
1914
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.
1941
The United States declares war on Japan.
1949
The Kuomintang government of Chiang Kai-shek leaves China to take refuge in Taiwan.
1980
Former Beatle John Lennon is shot and killed outside his New York City apartment building.
1987
Pres. Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty to dismantle all intermediate- and shorter-range nuclear missiles.
1991
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.
1993
Pres. Bill Clinton signs the NAFTA trade agreement.

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