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History's Happenings for December 12

Birth of John Jay
1745

The versatile John Jay as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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Pennsylvania Admitted to Union
1787

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Father Flanagan Founds Boys Town
1917

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First Motel Opens
1925

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Japs Sink Gunboat Panay on Yangtze
1937

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Supreme Court Decides 2000 Election
2000

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Hanukkah (begins at sundown)

The Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah, was originated by Judas Maccabaeus in 164 BC, in celebration of the purification of the Temple in Jersusalem.

The year before, the Temple had been desecrated by Seleucid king Antiochus Epiphanes, who had converted it to pagan worship and unclean offerings. When Antiochus died in 164 BC the Maccabaeans, who had already defeated the larger Seleucid army at nearby Emmaus, were strong enough to wrest back control of the Temple.

The repurification is represented by the lighting of an additional candle on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.




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