December 8, 1941 The United States declares war on Japan.
December 8, 1941 Following their Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese attacked American installations in the Philippines. Japanese fighters destroyed more than 100 U.S. combat aircraft on the ground, including 17 B-17s and 55 P-40s, while killing 80 airmen and wounding another 150. Five U.S. pilots shot down seven Japanese planes.
December 8, 1945 Flying a Douglas XB-42, Lt. Col. H. F. Warden and Capt. Glenn W. Edwards set a FAI record of five hours, 17 minutes, 55 seconds for a transcontinental flight between Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. They averaged 433.6 mph in the flight.
December 8, 1948 A B-36 completed a 9,400-mile nonstop, round-trip between Fort Worth, Texas, and Hawaii without refueling.