On this day: December 7

POSTED: 10:21 PM PST Dec 06, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 06, 2015 

Jesse James robs his first bank, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, America heads to the moon one last time, instant replay is born, and Rod Blagojevich goes to prison, all on this day.

OTD December 7 - James Madison
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White House Historical Association

1808: James Madison is elected U.S. president, capturing 64.7 percent of the popular vote to defeat Federalist candidate Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. Madison had served as secretary of state under incumbent President Thomas Jefferson, and Pinckney had been the unsuccessful Federalist candidate in the election of 1804.


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