On This Day

On This Day in History for April 7 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1981 Willem Klein mentally extracts 13th root of a 100-digit # in 29 sec
  • 1982 Iran minister of Foreign affairs Ghotbzadeh arrested
  • 1983 Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt
  • 1983 STS-6 specialist Story Musgrave & Don Peterson 1st STS spacewalk
  • 1983 WIBC Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, attracts 75,480 women bowlers for 83-day event
  • 1985 1st live telecast of Easter Parade in New York
  • 1985 New Jersey General Hershel Walker rushes for USFL record 233 yards
  • 1987 National Museum of Female Physicians opens in Washington, D.C.
  • 1988 Murderer of Gerrit Jan Heijns, Ferdi Elsas, arrested in the Netherlands
  • 1988 Russia announces it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan
  • 1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1989 Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths
  • 1990 BPAA US Open by Ron Palombi Jr
  • 1990 John Poindexter (US National Security Advisor) found guilty of five counts of lying to Congress and obstruction regarding the Iran-Contra scandal
  • 1990 Michael Milken pleads innocent to security law violations
  • 1990 Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma

  • 1991 Compton Gamma Ray Observatory orbits Earth
  • 1991 George Washington Bridge (connecting New York City with Fort Lee, New Jersey, over the Hudson River) raises toll from $3.00 to $4.00
  • 1992 Republika Srpska (aka the Bosnian Serb Republic) announces its independence.
  • 1993 Dante Bichette hits the 1st Colo Rockie HR (Shea Stadium NY)
  • 1994 1st night game at Cleveland's Jacobs Field, Indians 6 Seattle 2

Murder of InterestRwandan Genocide

1994 Beginning of the Rwandan Genocide; the Presidential Guard begins killing moderate politicians and public figures in Kigali, including Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana

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Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
Skulls of genocide victims at the Nyamata Memorial Site in Rwanda
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  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers FL on WRXK 96.1 FM
  • 1999 The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas
  • 2001 Mars Odyssey is launched

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2003 U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 2005 The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.

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2009 Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • 2012 Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi
  • 2012 130 Pakistani Army soldiers are buried in an avalanche near the Siachen Glacier
  • 2013 15 people, including 9 children, are killed by an air strike on Aleppo by the Syrian Air Force
  • 2016 Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m)
  • 2017 Truck driven into a department store in Stockholm, killing 4 in a terror attack

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2017 US President Donald Trump orders missile strike on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village is released in the United States
  • 2018 Suspected gas attack on Douma by Syrian government airforce kills more than 40 people and injuries more than 500
  • 2019 Rwanda marks 25 years and the beginning of 100 days of mourning since the genocide that killed 800,000 people
  • 2019 Rebel force the Libyan National Army under General Khalifa Haftar begins advancing on Tripoli with 21 killed and 27 injured over next few days as they try to take the capital
  • 2019 US President Donald Trump announces Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security is leaving her position
  • 2020 China ends its lockdown of Wuhan, the city at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic after 76 days as the country reports no new deaths for the 1st time
  • 2020 Australia's highest court overturns the child sexual abuse conviction of Catholic Cardinal George Pell
  • 2020 US Acting-Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigns after calling USN Capt. Brett Crozier of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) "too naive and too stupid", in an address to the ship's crew
  • 2020 Wisconsin holds its Democratic primary with in-person voting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, after a mail-in voting rejected by the Wisconsin Legislature
  • 2021 Recording-breaking price of $3.25 million for a comic book as Action Comics #1, that introduced Superman for the first time, sells at auction [1]
  • 2021 UK COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 now the dominant variant in the US according to the CDC, as 108 American have received at least one vaccine dose [1]

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