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1997 Dec 7
It was reported that some 19 sperm whales washed up along the Danish and German North Sea coasts over the last several weeks.
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1997 Dec 7
It was reported that the world’s tiger population was down to 6000, from 100,000 a century ago. 5 of 8 subspecies are left: Indian (Bengal), Sumatran, Chinese, Indo-Chinese and Amur (Siberian).
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1997 Dec 7
In Israel the Histadrut labor federation declared an end to a 4-day strike by 700,000 public sector workers.
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1997 Dec 7
In Serbia elections failed to elect a president with a 50% majority. Milan Milutinovic, an ally of Slobodan Milosevic received 42% and Vojislav Seselj, a former paramilitary leader, had 33%. Vuk Draskovic received 16% and threatened to call a boycott in a Dec 21 runoff.
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1998 Dec 7
The UN agreed to give Cambodia’s UN seat to the new government.
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1998 Dec 7
In Chechnya a rescue attempt was made to free the 4 men kidnapped Oct 3. The action led to the murder of the 4 men whose severed heads were found the next day.
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1998 Dec 7
Congolese rebels dismissed the tentative truce worked out in Paris by UN Sec. Gen’l. Kofi Annan.
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1998 Dec 7
Pres. Clinton announced the removal of Iran from the list of drug problem countries due to an energetic campaign to eliminate opium poppies.
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1998 Dec 7
On the eve of historic hearings, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde said there was a "compelling case" for impeaching President Clinton. Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent counsel investigation of President Clinton over 1996 campaign financing.
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1998 Dec 7
South Carolina ended its participation in the antitrust case against Microsoft.
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1998 Dec 7
In Chechnya a rescue attempt was made to free 4 men kidnapped Oct 3. The action led to the murder of the 4 men whose severed heads were found the next day.
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1998 Dec 7
On the secessionist Comoros island of Anjouan separatist militias broke a short cease fire and some 10 people were reported killed.
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1998 Dec 7
In Russia Pres. Yeltsin left the hospital, fired several aides and returned to the hospital to recover from pneumonia.
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1999 Dec 7
Daniel S. Goldin, NASA administrator, acknowledged the failure of the Mars Polar Lander and planned to appoint an independent committee of experts to examine the Mars program. In 2000 it was determined that a computer signal was misread and caused breaking to stop at 130 feet above the surface.
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1999 Dec 7
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed suit against Napster for being a haven for music piracy.
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1999 Dec 7
In Germany Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder won re-election as leader of the Social Democrats.
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1999 Dec 7
In Holland a student (17) in Veghel shot and wounded a teacher and 4 fellow students in the 1st school shooting in Dutch history. The student was reported to have been upset over a romance. The student's father (35) and sister (15) were arrested 2 days later as accessories.
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2000 Dec 7
Colombia announced an imminent prisoner exchange with leftist guerrillas. FARC held over 500 police and soldiers.
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2000 Dec 7
Al Gore's lawyer, David Boies, pleaded with the Florida Supreme Court to order vote recounts and revive his presidential campaign. Republican attorneys called George W. Bush the certified, rightful victor.
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2000 Dec 7
Some 4,000 protestors clashed with police at the opening of the EU summit in Nice.
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2000 Dec 7
In Ghana presidential elections were held. Representatives for the 200-seat parliament were also chosen. Opposition candidate John Agyekum Kuffuor led Vice Pres. John Atta Mills 48-44% in the 1st round of elections. A runoff vote was planned within 3 weeks.
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2000 Dec 7
In India indigenous rebels massacred 30 Hindi-speaking people in Assam state.
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2000 Dec 7
In Indonesia a separatist mob attacked a police station in Jayapura, Irian Jaya, and 2 officers were killed.
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2000 Dec 7
In the Philippines the Senate began the impeachment trial of Pres. Estrada.
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2000 Dec 7
In Texas Claude Howard Jones was executed for the Nov 14, 1989, slaying of Allen Hilzendager in Point Blank. Jones was the 40th execution this year and the 239th since 1982. Jones was executed based on a single hair as evidence from the liquor store killing. DNA analysis later found the strand of hair did not belong to Jones.
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2001 Dec 7
In Afghanistan Taliban soldiers fled Kandahar and left the city in chaos. Day 62: Assaults continued around Tora Bora where up to 2,000 bin Laden loyalists were positioned at a mountain redoubt. Aryana Airline made its 1st domestic flight since Oct 7 with a flight from Herat to Kabul.

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2001 Dec 7
Int’l. donors promised Burundi over $760 million for reconstruction and to fight AIDS. About 11.3% of the population was infected with HIV.
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2001 Dec 7
Statistics Canada reported a jobless increase to 7.5%, the highest level since mid-1999.
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2001 Dec 7
Americans held services on the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
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2001 Dec 7
The US called to cut off discussions about enforcing a 1972 Biological Weapons Convention on the final day of a 3-week conference in Geneva. The conference sought binding measures and disbanded in chaos.
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2001 Dec 7
The US Senate voted 65 to 33 in a procedural vote to defeat an effort to block an automatic pay raise of 3.4% ($4,900) to $150,000.
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2001 Dec 7
In New Jersey nearly 230 teachers were ordered freed from jail after their union agreed to end the 9-day strike and go into mediation.
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2001 Dec 7
The space shuttle Endeavour docked with the international space station, delivering a new three-member crew to relieve a crew in place since August.
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2001 Dec 7
The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 5.7 percent in November, the highest in six years.
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2001 Dec 7
Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a Palestinian security compound in Gaza. Arafat said his forces had arrested 17 of 33 militants wanted by Israel.
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2001 Dec 7
Russia and Nato proclaimed a commitment "to forge a new relationship" following a meeting in Brussels.
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2001 Dec 7
In Sri Lanka Pres. Kumaratunga called on Ranil Wickremesinghe, head of the United National Party, to form a government. The UNP promised to pursue peace talks with Tamil rebels.
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2001 Dec 7
Jason-1, a satellite for tracking rising sea levels, was launched as a joint US and French effort. Its useful life ended in 2013.
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2001 Dec 7
David Astor (b.1912), English newspaper publisher and member of the Astor family, died. Astor had edited the Observer, Britain’s principal source of information from 1948 to 1975. His father had purchased the paper in 1911. In 2016 Jeremy Lewis authored the biography “David Astor.”
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2002 Dec 7
In Bangladesh 19 people were killed and nearly 300 wounded in near-simultaneous bomb blasts at four cinemas packed with families celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
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2002 Dec 7
Entertainment giant Vivendi Universal signed an agreement to build a Universal Studios theme park in booming Shanghai, beating much-fancied Walt Disney Co to the punch.
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2002 Dec 7
Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu beat Republican Suzanne Terrell in a runoff 52-48%, despite a recent visit by Pres. Bush.
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2002 Dec 7
Space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth along with space station voyagers Peggy Whitsun, Valery Korzun and Sergei Treschev.
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2002 Dec 7
In Australia wildfires raging across Sydney's northern fringe blackened 250,000 acres.
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2002 Dec 7
In London Azra Akin, Miss Turkey, won the Miss World Pageant bringing to a close the pageant that had incited deadly rioting in Nigeria, the original site of the event.
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2002 Dec 7
The Iraqi government presented to the rest of the world a 12,000 page declaration detailing its nuclear, chemical and biological activities and formally declaring to the UN that it has no weapons of mass destruction. Saddam Hussein grudgingly apologized to Kuwaitis for invading their country in 1990.
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2002 Dec 7
In Kashmir 14 people, including eight Muslim rebels, were killed in fresh separatist violence, as a four-day truce announced by a hardline militant group neared its end.
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2002 Dec 7
In Liberia civilians were killed in a government offensive on a rebel-held town. Their deaths were blamed on crossfire.
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2002 Dec 7
In the Seychelles after 3 days of voting Pres. France Albert Rene's party retained control of parliament even though the main opposition party more than tripled its number of seats.
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2003 Dec 7
A group of 160 Colombian paramilitary fighters handed over their weapons, becoming the second faction of outlawed right-wing militias to do so in less than two weeks.
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2003 Dec 7
Tropical Storm Odette lashed the Dominican Republic with torrential rains, prompting thousands to flee their homes and killed at least 8 people before it dissipated over the Atlantic.
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2003 Dec 7
Zimbabwe pulled out of the Commonwealth rather than endure a suspension after members in Nigeria decided to extend the southern African country's suspension from the organization of Britain and its former colonies.
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2003 Dec 7
Grayson Perry (43), British artist, was named winner of the 20th annual Turner Prize. He decorated ceramic vases with disturbing images and texts.
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2003 Dec 7
Voters on the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique rejected reforms to their legislatures that opponents had criticized as a step toward independence from France.
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2003 Dec 7
Former Guatemala Pres. Arnoldo Aleman, dogged by corruption allegations for years, was convicted of embezzling millions of dollars from his impoverished country and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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2003 Dec 7
In Indian-held Kashmir an overcrowded bus skidded off a steep mountain road and plunged 1,500 feet into a gorge, killing 23 passengers and injuring 13 others.
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2003 Dec 7
In southern India Hindu-Muslim clashes broke out overnight in Hyderabad, killing at least five and injuring 27.
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2003 Dec 7
Insurgents attacked a U.S. military patrol in northern Iraq, killing one soldier and wounding two.
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2003 Dec 7
In Liberia government troops launched U.N.-sponsored disarmament.
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2003 Dec 7
A Nicaraguan judge sentenced former Pres. Aleman to 20 years for diverting some $100 million in government funds to his campaigns.
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