It is the 341st day of the year, with only 24 days remaining until the end of the year.
1776 - Marquis de Lafayette attempts to enter the American military as a major general.
1787 - Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
1869 - American outlaw Jesse James, commits the first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Mississippi.
1917 - The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary.
1941 - The Imperial Japanese Navy attacks the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marines at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, causing a declaration of war to come.
1946 - A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia kills 119 people, the deadliest hotel fire in history.
1963 - Instant replay is used for the first time, in an Army-Navy game by it inventor, Tony Verna.
1972 - Apollo 17, the last moon mission is launched. The crew takes the famous photograph known as The Blue Marble, as they leave the Earth.
1982 - In Texas, Charles Brooks Jr., becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.
1988 - In Armenia, the Spitak earthquake kills nearly 25,000, injures 15,000, and leaves 400,000 homeless.
1999 - The Recording Industry Association of America, files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement.