On This Day for 7th December

Historical Events

  • 43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106 BC), Roman orator and politician assassinated.
  • 1783 William Pitt the Younger (24) becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister
  • 1941 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbour Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2403 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 (25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)

Did You Know?

Belgian-born Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, NY, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)

On December 7th, 1909

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 Jane Blige (32) weds record producer Kendu Isaacs in Bergen County, New Jersey