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12/15/1924 ~ The Soviet Union warns the United States against repeated entry of ships into Soviet territorial waters.

12/15/1946 ~ Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh sends a note to the new French Premier, Leon Blum, asking for peace talks.

12/15/1978 ~ US President Jimmy Carter announces the United States will recognize the People’s Republic of China and will sever all relations with Taiwan.

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12/14/1819 ~ Alabama is admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free states.

12/14/1909 ~ The Labor Conference in Pittsburgh ends with a “declaration of war” on U.S. Steel.

12/14/1980 ~ NATO warns the Soviets to stay out of the internal affairs of Poland, saying that intervention would effectively destroy the détente between the East and the West.

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12/13/1814 ~ General Andrew Jackson announces martial law in New Orleans, Louisiana, as British troops disembark at Lake Borne, 40 miles east of the city. The Battle of New Orleans

12/13/1951 ~ After meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, President Harry S Truman vows to purge all disloyal government workers.

12/13/1972 ~ Astronaut Gene Cernan climbs into his lunar lander on the moon and prepares to lift off. He is the last man to set foot on the moon.

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12/12/1901 ~ Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio transmission in St. John’s Newfoundland.

12/12/1930 ~ The Spanish Civil War begins as rebels take a border town.

12/12/2000 ~ The US Supreme Court announces its decision in Bush v. Gore, effectively ending legal challenges to the results of that year’s presidential election.

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12/11/1882 ~ A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at Boston’s Bijou Theatre becomes the first performance in a theatre lit by incandescent electric lights.

12/11/1930 ~ As the economic crisis grows, the Bank of the United States closes its doors.

12/11/1972 ~ Challenger, the lunar lander for Apollo 17, touches down on the moon’s surface. This is the last time that men visit the moon.

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12/10/1898 ~ The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Paris, ceding Spanish possessions, including the Philippines, to the United States.

12/10/1941 ~ Japanese troops invade the Philippine island of Luzon.

12/10/1977 ~ On UN Human Rights Day, the Soviet Union places 20 prominent dissidents under house arrest, cutting off telephones and threatening to break up a planned silent demonstration in Moscow’s Pushkin Square. Soviet newspapers decry human rights violations elsewhere in the world.

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12/9/1941Franklin D. Roosevelt tells Americans to plan for a long war.

12/9/1949 ~ The United Nations takes trusteeship over Jerusalem.

12/9/1950 ~ Harry Gold gets 30 years imprisonment for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II.