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This Day in History for December 8 – John Lennon Murdered and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863 – President Abraham Lincoln offers his conciliatory plan for reunification of the United States with his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (More info)

1980 – Music icon John Lennon is murdered by a mentally unstable fan in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City (More info)

1987 – President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the first treaty between the two superpowers to reduce their massive nuclear arsenals (More info)

1941 – In perhaps the most memorable speech of his career, President Franklin Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war on Japan (More info)

1993 – The North American Free Trade Agreement is signed into law by President Bill Clinton (More info)

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