December 7th

2011
Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption.
Rod Blagojevich corruption charges
2004
Hamid Karzai takes office. The Afghan politician took office as the President of the Islamic Republic in Afghanistan's first direct democratic elections in history.
Hamid Karzai
2002
Iraq denied it had weapons of mass destruction in a declaration to the United Nations.
Iraq and weapons of mass destruction
2001
Taliban forces abandoned their last bastion in Afghanistan, fleeing the southern city of Kandahar.
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
1995
A 746-pound probe from the Galileo spacecraft hurtled into Jupiter's atmosphere, sending back data to the mothership before it was destroyed.
1993
A gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 17. (Colin Ferguson was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.).
1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting
1988
6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless.
1985
Retired Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart died at age 70.
Potter Stewart
1982
December Murders in Suriname. Fifteen prominent Surinamese men were kidnapped and subsequently murdered over 3 days by the military government. The men were known to have criticized the military dictatorship.
December murders
1975
Indonesia invaded East Timor, leading to a 25-year occupation.
Indonesian occupation of East Timor
1972
America's last moon mission was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
Apollo program
1965
Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054.
Pope Paul VI
1963
Videotaped instant replay was used for the first time in a live sports telecast during the Army-Navy football game on CBS.
Instant replay
1941
Attack on Pearl Harbor. The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack was the impetus for the U.S.'s entry into World War II.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
1917
The U.S. declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.
United States declaration of war on Austria-Hungary
1909
Belgian-born Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New York, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite).
Bakelite
1842
The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
New York Philharmonic
1836
Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States.
Martin Van Buren
1796
Electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States.
United States presidential election, 1796
1787
First state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Because of this, it is sometimes called the First State.
Timeline of drafting and ratification of the United States Constitution ...
1732
Royal Opera House opens its doors. The popular performing arts venue in Covent Garden, London houses the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet.
Royal Opera House