Events in History on December 7

  • 43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae
  • 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.
  • 1741 Elisabeth Petrovna becomes tsarina of Russia
  • 1783 Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London
  • 1787 Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify the US constitution

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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

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt

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1808 James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • 1835 Bavarian Ludwig railway opens - first German steam railway

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1836 Martin Van Buren elected 8th president

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • 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

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1868 Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1

Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw
Jesse James
  • 1872 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½ year world oceanographic cruise
  • 1875 Natives Sons of the West organized
  • 1876 NY Mutuals & Philadelphia A's expelled from NL for not completing sked

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1877 Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of "Scientific American"

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1885 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
  • 1889 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Gondoliers" premieres in London
  • 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 The First Egyptian Nationalist Congress meets under the leadership of Mustafa Kamil Pasha

1stHistoric Invention

1909 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Chemist
Leo Baekeland
  • 1911 National Hockey Association forms with New Westminster, Vancouver & Victoria
  • 1912 Bust of Queen Nefertiti found in El-Amarna, Egypt

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1916 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H. H. Asquith as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • 1917 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I

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1917 The USA's 42nd 'Rainbow' Division arrives in France (with Colonel Douglass MacArthur among its ranks)

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 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
  • 1932 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY
  • 1934 Wiley Post discovers jet stream
  • 1937 Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work
  • 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
  • 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

  • 1941 German siege of Tobruk ends after 8 months
  • 1941 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 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
  • 1946 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119

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1949 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1953 Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires
  • 1954 Japanese government of Joshida resigns
  • 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 President of Venezuela
  • 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.
  • 1965 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054
  • 1966 A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.
  • 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 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, crew takes famous "blue marble" photo of the entire Earth

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1972 Philippine's first lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • 1975 10th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 3-0 vs Sabres
  • 1975 Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus
  • 1975 Indonesian army occupies East Timor
  • 1976 UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for second 5 year term
  • 1977 Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0
  • 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.
  • 1983 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
  • 1983 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1985 Atlantis (61-B) returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB

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1986 Pres Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • 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 kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless
  • 1988 Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN

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1988 Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev

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1990 Iraqi parliment endorses Saddam Hussein's decision to free hostages

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 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 The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.

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1994 Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1995 US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter

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1995 Irish poet Seamus Heaney receives the Novel Prize for Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm

  • 1996 Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), lands
  • 1999 The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 2014 Typhoon Hagupit hits central Philippines; millions flee homes for shelter
  • 2014 The Syrian military accuse Israel of carrying out two air strikes on Syria
  • 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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2015 Time Magazine readers name Bernie Sanders their 'person of the year'

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • 2015 Beijing issues its 1st ever red alert for pollution

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2015 US Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposes banning all Muslims from entering the US

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2016 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigns 3 days after losing a referendum to reform the constitution
  • 2016 6.5 earthquake in Aceh province, Indonesia kills at least 97 people