Today is the 342nd day of 2012 and the 77th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution.
In 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bringing the United States into World War II.
In 2002, Iraq denied that it had weapons of mass destruction in a United Nations declaration.
In 2011, former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for multiple felonies, including the attempted sale of the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Willa Cather (1873-1947) novelist; Eli Wallach (1915- ), actor; Ellen Burstyn (1932- ), actress; Harry Chapin (1942-1981), singer/songwriter; Johnny Bench (1947- ), baseball player; Tom Waits (1949- ), singer/songwriter; Larry Bird (1956- ), basketball player; Terrell Owens (1973- ), football player; Emily Browning (1988- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2007, home-run record holder Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty to lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs.
TODAY'S FACT: Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Senate voted for a war resolution 82-0. The House of Representatives approved the resolution 388-1.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young." -- Willa Cather
TODAY'S NUMBER: 73 -- record number of home runs hit during a Major League Baseball season, held by Barry Bonds since 2001.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Dec. 6) and new moon (Dec. 13).