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This Day In History: Dec. 11

This Day in History

1816: Indiana is admitted to the Union as the 19th state.
1936: Britain's King Edward VIII abdicates so that he can marry twice-divorced American Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941: The United States declares war on Germany and Italy.
1946: UNICEF is established by the UN General Assembly.
1997: Representatives of more than 150 countries, at a global warming summit in Kyoto, Japan, approve an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Today's Birthdays

1475: Leo X, pope (Florence, Italy; died 1521)
1803: Hector Berlioz, composer (La Côte-Saint-André, France; died 1869)
1843: Robert Koch, physician/bacteriologist (Clausthal, Germany; died 1910)
1882: Fiorello La Guardia, New York City mayor (New York, NY; died 1947)
1911: Naguib Mahfouz, novelist, short story writer, and Nobel Prize winner (Cairo, Egypt; died 2006)
1913: Carlo Ponti, film producer (Milan, Italy)
1918: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, novelist (Kislovodsk, Russia)
1922: Grace Paley, short-story writer (New York, NY)
1925: Paul Greengard, American neuroscientist and Nobel laureate (New York, NY)
1931: Rita Moreno, singer/actress (Humacao, Puerto Rico). Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, guru who established a lavish commune in Oregon (central India; died 1990)
1940: Tom Hayden, politician/activist (Royal Oak, MI)
1942: Donna Mills, actress (Chicago, IL)
1943: John Kerry, MA senator, presidential hopeful (Denver, CO)
1944: Brenda Lee, singer (Atlanta, GA)
1945: Teri Garr, actress (Lakewood, OH)
1954: Jermaine Jackson, singer/musician (Gary, IN)

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