On this day: December 7

Published On: Dec 07 2012 12:21:31 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 07 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Rube Goldberg
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1970: Cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg dies at the age of 87. Goldberg was best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. The machines would become known as "Rube Goldberg machines."

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