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This Day in History: Dec. 12

1787 Pennsylvania enters the Union as the second state.
1870 Joseph Rainey of South Carolina is sworn in, becoming the first black in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1913 Italian authorities announce that the Mona Lisa, stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911, has been recovered.
1917 Father Edward Flanagan founds Boys Town in Omaha, NE.
1963 Kenya's independence is proclaimed.
1985 Pres. Ronald Reagan signs the Gramm-Rudman bill to reduce the federal budget deficit.
An Arrow Air charter airplane crashes after taking off from Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256 people, including 248 American soldiers.
2000 The Supreme Court ends the 5-week U.S. presidential election deadlock by voting 5-4 to block further recounts in the contested Florida election, giving the election to Republican George W. Bush over Democrat Al Gore.
2001 Prosecutors charge French citizen Zacarias Moussaoui in connection with the terrorist attacks of September 11.
2003 Liberal Party leader Paul Martin becomes Canada's 21st prime minister.

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