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.
  • 1703 Great storm of 1703 hits Southern England - thousands killed, Royal Navy losses 13 ships and around 1,500 seamen
  • 1703 The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703
  • 1724 Tumult of Thorn - religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.

Historic Event

1727 Physician Sir Hans Soane becomes President of the Royal Society, succeeding Sir Isaac Newton [1]

  • 1741 Elisabeth Petrovna becomes Tsarina of Russia

Scientific Discovery

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

Election of Interest

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

  • 1835 Bavarian Ludwig railway opens - first German steam railway

Election of Interest

1836 Martin Van Buren elected the 8th President of the United States

  • 1862 Battle of Hartsville, TN
  • 1862 Battle of Prairie Grove, AR
  • 1864 Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia

Historic Event

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 & Philadelphia A's expelled from NL for not completing sked

Thomas Edison's Phonograph

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

  • 1885 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
  • 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

Historic Invention

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

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

Historic Event

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

  • 1917 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
  • 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
  • 1926 Gas refrigerator patented
  • 1932 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY

Scientific Discovery

1934 Wiley Post discovers the jet stream

  • 1937 Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work
  • 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 1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward)

Historic Event

1941 Adolf Hitler issues "Nacht und Nebel Erlass" (Night and Fog Directive), against anti-Nazi resistance fighters in occupied territories; targets sent to concentration camps and/or murdered

  • 1941 Australian bombers land on Timor and Ambon islands of Indonesia
  • 1941 Imperial Japanese Navy attacks US Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; 18 sailors killed, 33 of 36 patrol planes destroyed or damaged, 1st Japanese aircraft shot down in action

Attack on Pearl Harbor

1941 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people

Historic Siege

1941 WWII: German Siege of Tobruk, Libya ends after 8 months, as Erwin Rommel withdraws after losses and supply chain failures

  • 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
  • 1954 Japanese government of Joshida resigns
  • 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


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.
  • 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 An off-duty member of the Ulster Defence Regiment is shot dead by members of the Irish Republican Army in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

The Blue Marble

1972 Apollo 17 launched, the final manned lunar landing mission where the crew takes the famous "blue marble" photo of the entire Earth

Historic Event

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

  • 1975 10th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 3-0 vs Sabres
  • 1975 Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus
  • 1975 Indonesian army occupies East Timor

Historic Event

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 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala during country's civil war, 171 people killed led by Santos López Alonzo
  • 1982 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
  • 1982 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
  • 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
  • 1987 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)

Summit of Interest

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

Historic Event

1988 PLO delegation lead by Yasser Arafat proclaims the State of Palestine, recognizing the existence of the State of Israel for the first time

Historic Event

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

  • 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.

Historic Event

1995 Irish poet Seamus Heaney receives the Novel Prize for Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm [1] [2]

  • 1995 US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter
  • 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.
  • 2009 "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" becomes "PBS NewsHour", upon Jim Lehrer's stepping down as anchor
  • 2010 Iceland officially leaves the recession with growth of 1.2% in the third quarter
  • 2014 Human Rights Watch Asia Division call for investigation into Indonesian security forces shooting of peaceful protesters
  • 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 The Syrian military accuse Israel of carrying out two air strikes on Syria
  • 2014 Typhoon Hagupit hits central Philippines; millions flee homes for shelter
  • 2015 Beijing issues its 1st ever red alert for pollution

Historic Event

2015 Time Magazine readers name Bernie Sanders their 'person of the year'

Historic Event

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

  • 2016 6.5 earthquake in Aceh province, Indonesia kills at least 97 people
  • 2016 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigns 3 days after losing a referendum to reform the constitution
  • 2017 Australia's parliament votes to legalize gay marriage
  • 2017 Crumbling French château La Mothe-Chandeniers in Les Trois-Moutiers is bought by 9,000 people
  • 2017 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Las Vegas, Nevada: Europe scores 8th straight title with an 11-4 rout of US; MVP: Joshua Filler (Germany)
  • 2017 Pantone's 2018 Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet
  • 2017 Unrest in West Bank and Gaza, schools closed and a general strike in response to America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  • 2017 Virtual currency Bitcoin rises in value, passing $18,440 on some exchanges

Election of Interest

2018 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is elected the new leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union party, replacing Angela Merkel

  • 2018 Brazilian spiritual healer João Teixeira de Faria accused of sexual abuse by four women, over 200 more come forward in next week
  • 2018 Court filings by US federal prosecutors and Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Michael Cohen appear to implicate President Donald Trump on campaign fraud and Russian dealings
  • 2018 Former Italy national football coach Cesare Prandelli is appointed manager of Serie A club Genoa CFC replacing Ivan Juric; first time in history all 20 Serie A managers are all Italian
  • 2018 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, London, England: US ends Europe's 8-year run with an 11-9 win; MVP: Skyler Woodward (USA)
  • 2020 Australian states celebrate "Freedom Day" easing COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and New South Wales
  • 2020 Coca-Cola named the world's No. 1 plastic polluter, in Break Free From Plastic's annual brand audit
  • 2020 Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo wins a second term in the country's general elections
  • 2020 Most of California begins second lockdown as hospitals come under strain and the state records average of 21,000 COVID-19 cases a day
  • 2021 Chile becomes the 31st nation to legalize same-sex marriage [1]

Historic Event

2021 US President Joe Biden warns Russian President Vladimir Putin of economic consequences if Russia continues a military build-up in Ukraine, during a virtual meeting

  • 2022 After widespread public protests China announces a major loosening of COVID-19 restrictions for the whole country, allowing home quarantine and scrapping QR codes, effectively ending China's zero-COVID policy [1]
  • 2022 Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock wins re-election over Republican Herschel Walker in run-off for the Georgia Senate seat, taking the US Senate to a clearer 51-49 Democratic majority [1]
  • 2022 Peruvian president Pedro Castillo ousted from office after trying to dissolve Congress, who were about to impeach him on corruption charges. Vice president, Dina Boluarte sworn in as country's first woman president. [1]
  • 2022 Twenty-five right-wing extremists arrested in Germany suspected of organizing a coup to overthrow the government and install a monarchy, including prince Heinrich XIII and army officers [1]