On this day: December 7

Published On: Dec 07 2012 12:21:31 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 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 - Martin Van Buren
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Metropolitan Museum of Art

1836: Martin Van Buren is elected the eighth president of the United States, earning 170 electoral votes to beat out William Henry Harrison and three other Whig Party candidates, who earned a total of 122 electoral votes.

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