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THIS DAY IN HISTORY - DECEMBER 8th

John Lennon, Quote

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one; I hope some day you'll join us, and the world will live as one.”

~ John Lennon

Wikiquote (John Lennon (John Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.)

This Day in History

December 8th, 1912

World War I: Collage World War I: Collage

Pre-World War I:
1912 - Leaders of the German Empire hold an Imperial War Council to discuss the possibility that war might break out.
World War I:
1914 - Battle of the Falkland Islands; A squadron of Britain's Royal Navy defeats an inferior squadron of the Imperial German High Seas Fleet in the South Atlantic.

Wikipedia  Photo: Trenches on the Western Front; a British Mark IV Tank crossing a trench; Royal Navy battleship HMS Irresistible sinking after striking a mine at the Battle of the Dardanelles; a Vickers machine gun crew with gas masks, and German Albatros D.III biplanes. National Archives and Records Administration.
Painting: Battle of the Falkland Islands, War at Sea.


December 8th, 1941

World War II: Second firestorm raid on Germany, the Royal Air Force conducts an air raid on the town of Kassel, killing 10,000 and rendering 150,000 homeless

World War II:
1941 - United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be "a date which will live in infamy:" video, after which the U.S. and the Republic of China declare war against Japan.
1941 - Japanese forces simultaneously invade Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. These happen concurrently with the Attack on Pearl Harbor, which was on December 7 in the United States.

Wikipedia  Photo: Battleship Row: taken from a Japanese plane at the beginning of the attack. The explosion in the center is a torpedo strike on the USS Oklahoma. Two attacking Japanese planes can be seen: one over the USS Neosho and one over the Naval Yard; Battleship Row: aerial view of moorings on the southern side of Ford Island, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In upper left is the sunken California, with smaller vessels clustered around her. Diagonally, from left center to lower right are: Maryland, lightly damaged, with the capsized Oklahoma outboard. A barge is alongside Oklahoma, supporting rescue efforts.[1] Tennessee, lightly damaged, with the sunken West Virginia outboard. Arizona, sunk, with her hull shattered by the explosion of the magazines below the two forward turrets. Note dark oil streaks on the harbor surface, originating from the sunken battleships; USS Arizona (BB-39) during the attack; Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken USS West Virginia (BB-48) during or shortly after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. credit National Archives.


December 8th, 1949

The Potsdam Conference: held at Cecilienhof, the home of Crown Prince Wilhelm Hohenzollern, in Potsdam, occupied Germany, from July 17 to August 2, 1945 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine (1947–1948): lasted from 30 November 1947, the date of the United Nations General Assembly vote for the Partition Plan for Palestine, to the termination of the British Mandate itself on 14 May 1948

Civil War in Mandatory Palestine: (1947 - 1948)
1949 - (1948) Palestinian exodus: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is established to provide aid to Palestinian refugees who left their homes during the 1948 Palestinian exodus.

Wikipedia  Photo: Potsdam Conference; Clement Attlee, Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference, July 1945. (The Potsdam Conference: held at Cecilienhof, the home of Crown Prince Wilhelm Hohenzollern, in Potsdam, occupied Germany, from July 17 to August 2, 1945)
Civil War in Mandatory Palestine; Arab volunteers fighting in Palestine in 1947; Jewish soldiers at Katamon, Jerusalem; Jerusalem convoy, 1948.


December 8th, 2010

The Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passes the planet Venus at a distance of about 80,800 km.

Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passes the planet Venus at a distance of about 80,800 km.

Wikipedia  Image: IKAROS spaceprobe with solar sail in flight (artist's depiction) showing a typical square sail configuration.