Historical Events on 7th December

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43 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106 BC), Roman orator and politician assassinated.
185 - Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52)
1354 - Margaretha van Bavarian's son earl Willem V signs peace treaty
1696 - Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull.
1724 - Tumult of Thorn - religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.
1732 - The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.
1741 - Elisabeth Petrovna becomes tsarina of Russia
1783 - Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London
1783 - William Pitt the Younger (24) becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister
1787 - Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify the US constitution
1804 - Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt reports his discovery of the decrease in intensity of Earth's magnetic field from the poles to the equator in a memoir to the Paris Institute
1808 - James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President
4th US President James Madison4th US President James Madison 1835 - Bavarian Ludwig railway opens - first German steam railway
1836 - Martin Van Buren elected 8th president
1842 - New York Philharmonic's 1st concert
1862 - Battle of Hartsville, TN
1862 - Battle of Prairie Grove, AR
1864 - Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia
1868 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1
1872 - HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½ year world oceanographic cruise
1875 - Natives Sons of the West organized
1876 - NY Mutuals & Phila A's expelled from NL for not completing sked
1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of "Scientific American"
1885 - 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
1889 - Gilbert & Sullivan's "Gondoliers" premieres in London
Inventor Thomas EdisonInventor Thomas Edison 1891 - 52nd US Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session
1895 - Battle at Amba Alagi: Abyssinians beat Italian armies
1900 - Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body radiation.
1902 - Britain and Germany issue an ultimatum to Venezuela demanding that President Cipriano Castro pay claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899
1907 - Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring
1907 - The First Egyptian Nationalist Congress meets under the leadership of Mustafa Kamil Pasha
1909 - Belgian-born Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, NY, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
1911 - Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in NYC
1911 - Natl Hockey Association forms with New Westminster, Vancouver & Victoria
1912 - Bust of Queen Nefertete found in El-Amarna, Egypt
1916 - David Lloyd George replaces resigning H. H. Asquith as British PM
1917 - US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
WW2 General Douglas MacArthurWW2 General Douglas MacArthur 1917 - The USA's 42nd 'Rainbow' Division arrives in France (with Colonel Douglass MacArthur among its ranks)
1920 - NSW make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81
1920 - USPD-KPD parties merge into Vereinigte Communist Party of Germany
1921 - KWG-AM in Stockton CA begins radio transmissions
1924 - German election (Social Democrats win, Nazis & Communists lose)
1925 - Biltmore Theater opens at 261 W 47th St NYC
1925 - Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue" premieres in NYC
1926 - Gas refrigerator patented
1929 - Bradman scores 124 for Woodfull's XI against Ryder's XI 166 mins
1929 - Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament
1930 - 13th PGA Championship: Tommy Armour at Fresh Meadows CC Flushing
1931 - Bradman scores 219 NSW v South Africa, 234 mins, 15 fours
1932 - 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman 1934 - Wiley Post discovers jet stream
1935 - CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Ham Tigers, 18-12 at Hamilton
1937 - Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work
1937 - Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams
1937 - Russian chess player Alekhine recaptures world title from Max Euwe
1938 - Philip Barry's "Here Come the Clowns" premieres in NYC
1938 - W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of St Louis Post-Dispatch by radio
1939 - Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1939 - William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland
1940 - 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5
1940 - North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
1940 - The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew
1941 - Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
1941 - Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu
Baseball Player Lou GehrigBaseball Player Lou Gehrig 1941 - German siege of Tobruk ends after 8 months
1941 - Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbour Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2403 people
1941 - Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps
1941 - 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)
1943 - Cairo: president Roosevelt travels back to the US
1944 - Convention on International Civil Aviation drawn up in Chicago
1944 - General Radescu forms Romanian government
1945 - Microwave oven patented
1946 - Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
1949 - 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)
1949 - Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan
1952 - KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shekChinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek 1953 - Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires
1953 - WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
1954 - Japanese government of Joshida resigns
1954 - KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1956 - Helen O'Connell joins Today Show panel
1957 - Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year
1958 - Romulo Betancourt elected pres of Venezuela
1959 - "Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances
1960 - Ivory Coast claims independence from France
1962 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 - Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
1963 - Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game.
1964 - George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs
1965 - Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison 1966 - A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.
1967 - "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 perfs
1967 - Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
1968 - Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2 launched into Earth orbit
1968 - Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823 from the University of Cincinnati
1970 - Taizan Maezumi Roshi, head of LA Zen Center, receives dharma
1970 - West Germany & Poland normalize relations
1971 - "Wild & Wonderful" opens/closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
1971 - Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
1971 - An off duty member of the Ulster Defence Regiment is shot dead by members of the Irish Republican Army in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
1972 - Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission, launched
1972 - Philippine's first lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant
First Lady and Politican Imelda MarcosFirst Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos 1973 - Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
1973 - Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers
1973 - Wings release "Band on the Run"
1975 - 10th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 3-0 vs Sabres
1975 - Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus
1975 - Indonesian army occupies East Timor
1975 - Pat Bradley wins Colgate-Far East Ladies Tournament Golf Tournament
1976 - UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, sec-gen for 2nd 5 yr term
1977 - Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0
1978 - Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick
1980 - 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)
1981 - Spain becomes a member of the NATO
1982 - Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
1982 - In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
Ice Hockey Great Mike BossyIce Hockey Great Mike Bossy 1983 - 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
1983 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 - Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide)
1985 - 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
1985 - Atlantis (61-B) returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
1986 - Juli Inkster/Tom Purtzer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1986 - Pres Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti
1986 - NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 1)
1987 - 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)
1987 - Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting
1987 - Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank
1988 - 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia (25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)
President of Haiti Jean-Claude DuvalierPresident of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier 1988 - Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
1988 - Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC
1988 - NY Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach
1988 - Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract
1989 - C Coleman & D Zippel's musical "City of Angels" premieres in NYC
1990 - Iraqi parliment endorses Saddam Hussein's decision to free hostages
1990 - Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement
1991 - A J Kitt, US, wins World Skiing Cup
1992 - Galileo spacecraft passes North Pole of Moon (Peary Crater)
1993 - Henri Konan Bedie names himself President of Ivory coast
1993 - Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery
1993 - The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.
1994 - 5th Billboard Music Awards: Ace of Base & Mariah Carey win
Radio shock jock Howard SternRadio shock jock Howard Stern 1994 - Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide
1995 - NBA settles strike of referees, refs to return on Dec 12
1995 - US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter
1996 - 1st Big 12 Championship Game: Texas beats #3 Nebraska, 37-27
1996 - Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), lands
1996 - 5th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #11 Alabama, 45-30
1997 - Amy Fruhwirth & Clarence Rose win LPGA J C Penney Classic
1999 - The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement.
2002 - 11th SEC Championship Game: #4 Georgia beats #22 Arkansas, 30-3
2003 - The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
2005 - Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.
264th Pope John Paul II264th Pope John Paul II 2005 - U.S. debut of the second part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS
2006 - A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging around 150 properties.
2007 - The Hebei Spirit oil spill began in South Korea after a crane barge being towed by tug collided with the very large crude carrier, Hebei Spirit.
2010 - Iceland officially leaves the recession with growth of 1.2% in the third quarter
2013 - 9th ACC Championship Game: #1 Florida State beats #20 Duke, 45-7
2013 - 22nd SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #5 Missouri, 59-42
2014 - The Syrian military accuse Israel of carrying out two air strikes on Syria
2014 - Typhoon Hagupit hits central Philippines; millions flee homes for shelter
2014 - Mayor of Paris calls for diesel cars to be banned from the French Capital by 2020, in order to reduce pollution
2014 - The Archbishop of Canterbury claims that he is more shocked by the plight of Britain's hunger-stricken poor than suffering in African refugee camps
2014 - Human Rights Watch Asia Division call for investigation into Indonesian security forces shooting of peaceful protesters

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