What Happened on July 7

Significant Events

  • 1520 Battle of Otumba Mexico: Hernán Cortés and the Tlaxcalans defeat a numerically superior Aztec force
  • 1753 British Museum founded by an Act of Parliament (opens in 1759)
  • 1937 Japanese and Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge, beginning of Second Sino-Japanese War
  • 1947 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident occured
  • 2005 Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
  • 2005 Influenced by Live 8, the G8 leaders pledge to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010
More Historical Events

July 7 in Film & TV

  • 1936 RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show and monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)

July 7 in Music

  • 1990 First Three Tenors concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome - recording of is world's best-selling classical record

July 7 in Sport

Did You Know?

Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.

On July 7, 1928


Would You Believe?

1st comic book "The Wasp" is published in Hudson, New York criticizing Republican politicians

On July 7, 1802

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1943 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage
  • 1953 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage
  • 1994 Actress Diane Lane files for divorce from Christopher Lambert
  • 2008 Cynthia Rodriguez (35) divorces New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (32) due to long period of infidelity and emotional abandonment after 6 years of marriage
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