What Happened on December 7

Significant Events

  • 43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae
  • 1909 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry
  • 1941 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people
  • 1965 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054
  • 1988 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Bust of Queen Nefertiti found in El-Amarna, Egypt

On December 7, 1912

Famous Weddings

  • 1646 Princess Louise Henriette (19) of Nassau marries Frederick Henry Elector of Brandenburg
  • 1929 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (52) weds Andrée Joséphine Carron in Aix-les-Bains, France
  • 1940 Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco (divorced 1939)
  • 1996 Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.
  • 2003 Queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige (32) weds record producer Kendu Isaacs in Bergen County, New Jersey
More Weddings & Divorces

Would You Believe?

Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823 from the University of Cincinnati

On December 7, 1968