Today is Friday، the 342nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 23 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
1714 - The Ottoman Empire declares war on Venice.
On this date: 1907 – King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne. 1941 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be "a date which will live in infamy"، after which the U.S. declares war on Japan. – World War II: Japanese forces simultaneously invade Shanghai International Settlement، Malaya، Thailand، Hong Kong، the Philippines، and the Dutch East Indies. (See December 7 for the concurrent attack on Pearl Harbor in the Western Hemisphere.) 1966 – The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea، killing over 200. 1972 – United Airlines Flight 553، a Boeing 737، crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport، killing 45. This is the first-ever loss of a Boeing 737. 1988 – A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid، Germany، killing 5 people and injuring 50 others. 1991 – The leaders of Russia، Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States. 1998 – Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria. 2004 – The Cusco Declaration is signed in Cusco، Peru، establishing the South American Community of Nations. 2009 – Bombings in Baghdad، Iraq، kill 127 people and injure 448 others. 2010 – With the second launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the first launch of the SpaceX Dragon، SpaceX becomes the first private company to successfully launch، orbit and recover a spacecraft. 2010 – The Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passes the planet Venus at a distance of about 80،800 km. 2013 – Riots break out in Singapore after a fatal accident in Little India. 2016 – Syrian army starts final phase of the attack and progress has been made in the district of، "Sheikh Said" and preparing to storm the neighborhood "Sukkari" in East of Aleppo.