The Daily News | December 8

First issue of the Herald of Rutland, Vermont came out, 1794
Frank Sinatra Jr kidnapped, 1963
Chinese Nationalist government retreated to the island of Taiwan, 1949
AFL founded (Columbus, Ohio), 1886
Jule Styne’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” opened on Broadway, 1949
Captain Bering died of scurvy, 1741
Thomas de Quincey, writer (“Confessions of an English Opium-Eater”), died, 1859
James Hoban, White House architect, died, 1831
First Ph.D. awarded by Computer Science Department (University of Pennsylvania), 1965
Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister, died, 1978
James Hoffa, former Teamster union leader, declared legally dead (as of 7/30/1982), 1982
US, Britain, and Australia declared war on Japan, 1941