On This Day

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

Events in History


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1986 Soviet General and spy for the US Dmitri Polyakov arrested in retirement in Russia (executed 1988)

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • 1987 Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women

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1987 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • 1988 Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful)
  • 1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1988 Five prominent anti-apartheid activists are released in Cape Town, South Africa after being detained for up to two years under the Internal Security Act
  • 1993 Guntis Ulmanis elected president of Latvia
  • 1993 Prodigy announces it will offer Cox newspapers
  • 1994 North Yemenite troops occupy Aden
  • 1995 Memphis Mad Dogs 1st CFL home game (vs BC Lions)
  • 1995 Space shuttle STS-71 (Atlantis 14), lands
  • 1996 Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), lands

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1996 Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1997 Tower, Minnesota temperature dips to 24°F
  • 2002 A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, supposed European Al Qaeda leader
  • 2003 The United Communist Party of Armenia is formed

  • 2005 Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
  • 2005 Influenced by global Live 8 concerts, G8 leaders pledge to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010

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2007 Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2011 Roof of a stand in De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede which was under construction collapses, one killed and 14 injured.
  • 2012 Floods in the Krasnodar region, Russia, kill 140 people
  • 2013 10 people are killed after an air taxi crashes in Soldotna, Alaska
  • 2014 Israel launches a "counter-terrorist operation" dubbed Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza
  • 2016 In Dallas Texas, lone gunman shots and kills five police officers, wounding others during a protest march against fatal police shootings of African Americans
  • 2016 Deadlock in battle for Aleppo broken when Russian air strikes cut rebel access to the city, 250,000 people put under siege
  • 2017 Tesla Motors produces its first mass-market car, the Model 3
  • 2017 G-20 summit of world leaders begins in Hamburg, Germany amid violent protests
  • 2017 United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty adopted in New York, without participation of nuclear countries
  • 2019 Greek national elections won by center-right New Democracy party headed by Kyriakos Mitsotakis
  • 2019 Nigeria, Africa' biggest economy, joins the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), in attempt to create world's largest free trade area
  • 2019 Mississippi closes all its beaches due to toxic algae bloom due to flooding of the Mississippi River

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2020 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announces he has tested positive for COVID-19

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • 2020 Texas records more than 10,000 daily cases of COVID-19 for the 1st time
  • 2020 India surpasses Russia to become the world's third-worst affected country, daily COVID-19 cases exceeding 20,000 and total cases over 700,000
  • 2020 Violent protests in Belgrade, Serbia, at government announcement of weekend lockdown due to COVID-19 surge
  • 2021 World's biggest sandcastle 21.16 high (69.4 feet), using nearly 5,000 tonnes of sand completed in Blokhus, Denmark [1]
  • 2021 Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated in his home in Pétionville, Haiti, state of emergency declared across the country

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