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On This Day :: December 7

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1916 – Herbert Asquith resigned as British prime minister and was replaced by David Lloyd George, the war secretary, with a commitment to wage all-out war on Germany.

1941 – Japanese planes attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, destroying many aircraft and ships and precipitating the U.S. declaration of war on Japan.

1965 – Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of the Greek Orthodox Church formally annulled the excommunication pronounced on the Church of Rome in 1054.

1972 – The U.S. launched Apollo 17, the last Apollo mission, on its way to the moon.

1995 – A probe from the spacecraft Galileo successfully entered the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter.

1999 – NASA admitted that the $165 million Mars Polar Lander was almost certainly lost.

2001 – Taliban rule over its last bastion of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan ended with its forces laying down arms.

2004 – Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan’s first popularly elected president, promising to bring peace to the war-torn nation and end the economy’s dependence on narcotics.

2005 – Fugitive Croatian General Ante Gotovina, one of the three most wanted war crimes suspects from the former Yugoslavia, was arrested in Spain.

2008 – Chefs prepare the world’s largest ceviche in Lima, Peru.

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