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Updated: December 5, 2019 @ 10:26 am
Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history.
In 1942, during World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the U.S. were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others who cooperated with authorities were spared.
In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed the U.S. instrument of ratification for the United Nations Charter.
In 1968, the Republican national convention in Miami Beach nominated Richard Nixon for president on the first ballot.
In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign — which he ended up doing.
In 2000, the wreckage of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which sank in 1864 after attacking the Union ship Housatonic, was recovered off the South Carolina coast and returned to port.
In 2002, Saddam Hussein organized a big military parade and then warned "the forces of evil" not to attack Iraq as he sought once more to shift the debate away from world demands that he live up to agreements that ended the Gulf War.
In 2003, the Boston Roman Catholic archdiocese offered $55 million to settle more than 500 lawsuits stemming from alleged sex abuse by priests. (The archdiocese later settled for $85 million.)
In 2006, Roger Goodell was chosen as the NFL's next commissioner.
In 2008, China opened the Summer Olympic Games with an extravaganza of fireworks and pageantry.
Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court's first Hispanic and third female justice.
In 2009: Typhoon Morakot slammed into Taiwan, leaving more than 670 either dead or missing (the typhoon also killed 22 people in the Philippines and eight in China).
In 2014, the U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.
In 2014, Israel and militants from Gaza resumed cross-border attacks, after a three-day truce expired.
In 2018, Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle died at the age of 36 after a long battle with cancer.
In 2018, a Montana coroner said the death of "Superman" actress Margot Kidder had been ruled a suicide from a drug and alcohol overdose.
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