December 8th

2004
The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
Union of South American Nations
1993
President Bill Clinton signed The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law.
North American Free Trade Agreement
1991
Creation of Commonwealth of Independent States. The international organization was formed by Belarus, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation as a political forum for members of the former Soviet Union.
Commonwealth of Independent States
1987
First Intifada begins. The Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories began after an Israeli army truck attacked a car and killed 4 Palestinians. The Intifada ended in 1991 after the Madrid Conference.
First Intifada
1980
John Lennon, former member of the Beatles, was shot and killed in New York City by a deranged fan.
Murder of John Lennon
1978
Former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir died.
Golda Meir
1966
US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space.
1966 in the United States
1965
Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council.
Second Vatican Council
1949
Communist attacks forced the Chinese Nationalist government to flee to the island of Formosa (Taiwan).
Chiang Kai-shek
1941
U.S. enters WWII. One day after the Japanese Imperial Navy launched an attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II.
Military history of the United States during World War II
1886
The American Federation of Labor was founded at a convention of union leaders in Columbus, Ohio.
American Federation of Labor
1863
Abraham Lincoln issues his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South.
Ten percent plan
1854
Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
Immaculate Conception