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.
1902: German-born American cartoonist Thomas Nast, often considered to be the "Father of the American Cartoon," dies of yellow fever at the age of 62 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Nast, who became famous in the 1870s for lampooning corrupt politician Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall political machine, is also credited with creating the modern version of Santa Claus and the political symbol of the elephant for the Republican Party.
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