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 This day in History - December 8
381 Historic Events for December 8
1941

US and Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II

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1942

Hemant Kanitkar, cricketer (batted in two Tests India v WI 1974)

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1942

8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)

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1942

Mario Savio, activist

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1942

Bobby Elliot, rock drummer (Hollies)

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1943

Jim Morrison, Melbourne Fla, singer (Doors) is he really dead?

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1943

John Van Druten's "Voice of the Turtle," premieres in NYC

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1943

Michael Unger, English editor-in-chief (Evening News, Manchester)

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1943

Mary Woronov, Brooklyn Hgts NY, actress (Eating Raoul, Terror Vision)

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1946

Graham Knight, rocker (Marmalade)

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1946

John Rubinstein, LA Calif, actor/composer (Family, Boys from Brazil)

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1946

Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight

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1947

Frans Leijnse, Dutch politician (PvdA 2nd Chamber)

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1947

Gregg Allman, Nashville, guitarist/vocalist (Allman Brothers Band)

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1947

Geoff Daking, rocker

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1947

"Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 perfs

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1947

Belinda Balaski, Inglewood CA, actor (Cannonball, Proud Men, Howling)

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1948

14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)

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1948

Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine

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1948

"Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances

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1949

Mary Gordon, US, author

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1949

Chinese Nationalist govt moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa

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1949

Ray Shulman, rocker

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1949

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 perfs

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1949

Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," premieres in NYC

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