Today is the 341st day of 2014 and the 77th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. 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 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the online file-sharing service Napster.
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), author; Eli Wallach (1915-2014), 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; Jeffrey Wright (1965- ), actor; Sara Bareilles (1979- ), singer-songwriter; Emily Browning (1988- ), actress.
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 SPORTS: In 2007, home-run record holder Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty to lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing -- desire." -- Willa Cather
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2,403 -- Americans killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. The Imperial Japanese Navy lost just 64 servicemen.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Dec. 6) and last quarter moon (Dec. 14).