spotlight Today in history: Dec. 7 Dec 7, 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1941: Pearl Harbor On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as part of its plan to conquer Southeast Asian territories; the raid, which claimed some 2,400 American lives, prompted the United States to declare war against Japan the next day. Anonymous 1972: Apollo 17 In 1972, America's last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral. AP 1972: Imelda Marcos In 1972, Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was stabbed and seriously wounded by an assailant who was shot dead by her bodyguards. AP 1982: Charlie Brooks Jr. In 1982, convicted murderer Charlie Brooks Jr. became the first U.S. prisoner to be executed by injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas. Ed Kolenovsky 1987: Mikhail Gorbachev In 1987, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev set foot on American soil for the first time, arriving for a Washington summit with President Ronald Reagan. BORIS YURCHENKO 1987: Pacific Southwest Airlines crash In 1987, 43 people were killed after a gunman aboard a Pacific Southwest Airlines jetliner in California apparently opened fire on a fellow passenger, the pilots and himself, causing the plane to crash. Bob Galbraith 1988: Armenia earthquake In 1988, a major earthquake in the Soviet Union devastated northern Armenia; official estimates put the death toll at 25-thousand. Morten Hvaal 2004: Hamid Karzai In 2004, Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd KAHR'-zeye) was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president. AHMAD MASOOD 2009: Baseball Hall of Fame Ten years ago: Manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Michael Conroy 2009: Obama Copenhagen Climate Ten years ago: The Obama administration took a major step toward imposing the first federal limits on pollution from cars, power plants and factories the same day an international conference on climate change opened in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anja Niedringhaus 2014: Guantanamo Prisoner Release Five years ago: Six prisoners held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, arrived in Uruguay amid a new push by President Barack Obama to close the U.S. prison. Brennan Linsley 2014: Royals US Visit Five years ago: Britain's Prince William and his wife, Catherine, arrived in New York City on their first official visit to the U.S. Doug Mills 2017: Sen. Al Franken In 2017, Democratic Sen. Al Franken said he would resign after a series of sexual harassment allegations; he took a parting shot at President Donald Trump, describing him as "a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault." J. Scott Applewhite 2017: Trent Franks In 2017, Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said he would resign, after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. Carolyn Kaster 2018: Confederate Monument Protest One year ago: The man who drove his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Virginia was convicted of first-degree murder; a state jury rejected defense arguments that James Alex Fields Jr. acted in self-defense. Steve Helber 2018: Grammy nominations One year ago: Kendrick Lamar picked up a leading eight Grammy nominations, including seven for his musical companion to the hit film “Black Panther.” Julio Cortez 2018: Trump Barr One year ago: President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate William Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as attorney general. (Barr would be confirmed and sworn-in in February.) Evan Vucci 2018: Trump UN Ambassador One year ago: Trump said he would nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. (Nauert withdrew from consideration two months later; congressional aides said she would have faced tough Senate questions about her relative lack of foreign policy experience.) 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