Czech Astronomical Society was founded on 8 Dec 1917
John Lennon was killed on 8 Dec 1980
Jim Morrison was born on 8 Dec 1943
Kim Basinger was born on 8 Dec 1953
Sinead O'Connor was born on 8 Dec 1966
Golda Meir died on 8 Dec 1978
In 1991, Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine declared the Soviet national government dead, forging a new alliance to be known as the Commonwealth of Independent States.
In 1965, First Ph.D. awarded by Computer Science Department (University of Pennsylvania).
In 1967, Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" album was released in the U.K.
Larry Bird was born on 7 Dec 1956
Gerard Kuiperwas born on 7 Dec 1905
Tom Waits was born 7 Dec 1949
In 43, B.C., Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman writer, gets his head & right hand chopped off by Mark Antony's soldiers.
In 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet located at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, an act that resulted in America's entry into World War II. This Pearl Harbor Day will live in infamy.
In 1988, a major earthquake in the Soviet Union (Armenia) measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, devastated northern Armenia; official estimates put the death toll at 25,000, injured 15,000, and left at least 400,000 homeless.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lifted the mutual excommunication that had led to the split of the two churches in 1054.
In 1972, thru Dec 19; Apollo 17, the sixth and last U.S. moon mission, blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Flight Commander Eugene Cernan was the last man on the moon. Funny, now they can make coffee without caffiene, but NASA can no longer put a man on the moon.
In 1995, US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter.
In 1979, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" opened in theaters.