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Today’s History Spotlight
Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Because of this, it is sometimes called the First State. Delaware’s ratification message was short and to the point. The following text is taken from the Library of Congress’s copy of Elliot’s Debates:
“We, the deputies of the people of the Delaware state, in Convention met, having taken in our serious consideration the Federal Constitution proposed and agreed upon by the deputies of the United States in a General Convention held at the city of Philadelphia, on the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, have approved, assented to, ratified, and confirmed, and by these presents do, in virtue of the power and authority to us given, for and in behalf of ourselves and our constituents, fully, freely, and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify, and confirm, the said Constitution.”
What Happened On This Day – December 7
- 2004 Hamid Karzai takes office. The Afghan politician took office as the President of the Islamic Republic in Afghanistan’s first direct democratic elections in history.
- 1982 December Murders in Suriname. Fifteen prominent Surinamese men were kidnapped and subsequently murdered over three days by the military government. The men were known to have criticized the military dictatorship.
- 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor. The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack was the impetus for the US’s entry into World War II.
- 1787 First state to ratify the US Constitution. Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Because of this, it is sometimes called the First State.
- 1732 Royal Opera House opens its doors. The popular performing arts venue in Covent Garden, London houses the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet.
Births On This Day – December 7
- 1984 Robert Kubica – Polish race car driver
- 1980 John Terry – English footballer
- 1956 Larry Bird – American basketball player
- 1949 Tom Waits – American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor
- 1928 Noam Chomsky – American linguist, philosopher
Deaths On This Day – December 7
- 1993 Félix Houphouët-Boigny – Ivorian politician, 1st President of Côte d’Ivoire
- 1985 Robert Graves – English author
- 1917 Ludwig Minkus – Austrian violinist, composer
- 1817 William Bligh – English Admiral, statesmen, 4th Governor of New South Wales
- 983 Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor
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