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This Day in History for December 7

1787 – Delaware is the 1st state to ratify the US constitution.

1842 – New York Philharmonic’s 1st concert.

1891 – 52nd US Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session.

1909 – Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry.

1926 – Gas refrigerator patented.

1941 – Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people.

1941 – 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)

1946 – Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119.

1956 – Helen O’Connell joins Today Show panel.

1957 – Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as American League Rookie of the Year.

1967 – Otis Redding records “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”

1972 – Apollo 17 launched, the final manned lunar landing mission where the crew takes the famous “blue marble” photo of the entire Earth.

1987 – 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)

1988 – Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall Street crowds upon arrival in New York City.

1991 – A. J. Kitt, US, wins World Skiing Cup.

1993 – The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.

1999 – The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement.

2005 – Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami Airport.

2015 – Time Magazine readers name Bernie Sanders their ‘person of the year’

2015 – US Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposes banning all Muslims from entering the US.

2018 – Court filings by US federal prosecutors and Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Michael Cohan appear to implicate President Donald Trump on campaign fraud and Russian dealings.

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