A to Z This Day in World History | December 8th

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Here are some significant historical events that happened on December 8:

1941: The United States enters World War II. The day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), the U.S. Congress declares war on Japan.

1980: Former Beatle John Lennon is shot and killed outside his apartment building in New York City by Mark David Chapman.

1987: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, marking a significant step in reducing Cold War tensions.

1991: The leaders of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine sign the Belavezha Accords, declaring the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

2004: The San Francisco 49ers retire football legend Jerry Rice’s jersey number 80 during halftime of a game against the Seattle Seahawks.

These events span a range of historical periods and reflect the diversity of significant occurrences on December 8th in world history.

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