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What happened on December 7
- December 7, 0036 "-BC- Earliest known Mayan inscription, Stela 2 at Chiapa de Corzo"
- December 7, 0043 "-BC- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman writer, gets his head and right hand chopped off by Mark Antony's soldiers"
- December 7, 0283 St Eutychian ends his reign as Catholic Pope
- December 7, 1724 "Toru Blood tribunal (German: Thorner Blutgericht), execution of Protestants citizens of Toru (Thorn) by Polish authorities"
- December 7, 1732 "The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London."
- December 7, 1776 Marquis de Lafayette attempts to enter the American military as a major general.
- December 7, 1787 Delaware becomes first state to ratify constitution
- December 7, 1787 Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the US Constitution.
- December 7, 1815 "Michel Ney, Marshal of France, is executed by firing squad after having been convicted of treason for his support of Napoleon I."
- December 7, 1826 "Malacca High School (SMK Tinggi Melaka) is established in Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia."
- December 7, 1836 Martin Van Buren elected 8th president
- December 7, 1842 New York Philharmonic's first concert
- December 7, 1872 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3Β®-year world oceanographic cruise
- December 7, 1875 Natives Sons of the West organized
- December 7, 1885 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
- December 7, 1889 The Gondoliers one of the most popular of the comic operas created by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan opens in London
- December 7, 1891 52nd Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds first session
- December 7, 1909 "Leo Baekeland, Yonkers NY, patents first thermosetting plastic"
- December 7, 1916 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H.H. Asquith as British PM
- December 7, 1917 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
- December 7, 1917 World War I: The US declares war on Austria-Hungary.
- December 7, 1931 The last Ford Model A was produced on this day. The Ford motor works were then shut down for six months for retooling.
- December 7, 1932 First gyro-stabilized vessel to cross the Atlantic arrives in New York
- December 7, 1934 Wiley Post discovers the jet stream
- December 7, 1941 HMCS Windflower (Corvette) lost in a collision
- December 7, 1941 Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy) first Japanese submarine sunk by a US ship (USS Ward)
- December 7, 1941 "World War II: Attack On Pearl Harbor - The Imperial Japanese Navy attacks the US Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii."
- December 7, 1941 "World War II: Canada declares war on Finland, Hungary, Romania, and Japan."
- December 7, 1946 "A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia kills 119 people."
- December 7, 1946 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta kills 119
- December 7, 1949 Chinese Civil War : The government of Republic of China moves from Nanking to Taipei.
- December 7, 1953 Israel's PM Ben-Gureon retires
- December 7, 1956 Helen O'Connell joins the Today Show panel
- December 7, 1961 Number one hit on UK music charts - Frankie Vaughan - Tower Of Strength
- December 7, 1962 "Prince Rainier III of Monaco revises the principality's constitution, devolving some of his power to advisory and legislative councils."
- December 7, 1964 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs
- December 7, 1965 Chevrolet produced its three-millionth car for the year. It was the first time Chevrolet had produced an annual total surpassing three million vehicles.
- December 7, 1965 Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of the 2 churches in 1054
- December 7, 1965 Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that had been in place since 1054.
- December 7, 1966 "A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people."
- December 7, 1968 Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823
- December 7, 1970 The Canadian Royal Commission on the Status of Women released its report calling for legal reforms
- December 7, 1970 The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise are held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats.
- December 7, 1971 Pakistan President Yahya Khan announces formation of a Coalition Government at Centre with Nurul Amin as Prime Minister and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as Vice-Prime Minister.
- December 7, 1971 "Wings release their first album ""Wild Life"""
- December 7, 1972 "Apollo 17, last of Apollo Moon series, launched"
- December 7, 1972 "Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew take the photograph known as ""The Blue Marble"" as they leave the Earth."
- December 7, 1972 Phillippine first lady Imelda Marcos stabbed and wounded by an assailant
- December 7, 1973 "Wings release ""Band on the Run"""
- December 7, 1974 "Number one hit on UK music charts - Barry White - You're The First, The Last, My Everything"
- December 7, 1975 "Canadian skier Ken Read is the first Canadian to win a World Cup event, a downhill racve at Val D'Isere, France"
- December 7, 1975 Indonesia invades East Timor.
- December 7, 1976 "UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for 2nd 5 yr term"
- December 7, 1977 Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0
- December 7, 1982 "In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US."
- December 7, 1983 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
- December 7, 1983 "An Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 collides with an Aviaco DC-9 in intense fog while the two airliners are taxiing down the runway at Madrid Barajas International Airport, killing 93 people."
- December 7, 1985 Atlantis returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
- December 7, 1987 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)
- December 7, 1987 Gorbachev arrives in the US for a summit meeting
- December 7, 1987 "Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashes near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shoots his ex-boss traveling on the flight, then shoots both pilots and himself."
- December 7, 1988 "Armenian SSR rocked by earthquake, 8 on Richter scale (55,000 die)"
- December 7, 1988 Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
- December 7, 1988 Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC
- December 7, 1988 "Spitak Earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale kills nearly 25,000, injures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless."
- December 7, 1988 Yasser Arafat recognizes existence of Israel
- December 7, 1989 "In their third and final fight, Sugar Ray Leonard retains the WBC Super Middleweight Championship of the World, defeating Roberto Duran."
- December 7, 1990 Iraqi parliament endorses Saddam's decision to free hostages
- December 7, 1990 Ted Turner and Jane Fonda announce their engagement
- December 7, 1993 South African transitional executive council set up
- December 7, 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."
- December 7, 1995 Bill Gates announced that Microsoft would shift its entire business focus to the Internet.
- December 7, 1995 Galileo arrives on Jupiter
- December 7, 1995 "The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34."
- December 7, 1998 Yachtsman Jesse Martin departs from Melbourne on his circumnavigation journey around the world.
- December 7, 2003 The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
- December 7, 2004 Hamid Karzai is inaugurated as President of Afghanistan.
- December 7, 2004 John Kufuor is re-elected as President of Ghana.
- December 7, 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."
- December 7, 2006 "A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging around 150 properties."
- December 7, 2009 "At least eight people are killed, mainly children, and at least 41 others are wounded due to a school bombing in Baghdad."
- December 7, 2009 "At least five people are killed in a blast outside a court complex in Peshawar, Pakistan."
- December 7, 2009 "At least seven soldiers are shot to death and at least three others are wounded in an ambush at Resadiye, Tokat Turkey, in the region's deadliest attack this decade."
- December 7, 2009 "Bishop Dermot O'Mahony resigns as patron of The Irish Pilgrimage Trust after his response to child sexual abuse was described as ""worse than that of any other living auxiliary bishop of Dublin""."
- December 7, 2009 Incumbent Northern Mariana Islands Governor Benigno Fitial of the Covenant Party is declared the winner of the 2009 gubernatorial election and runoff over Republican Rep. Heinz Hofschneider.
- December 7, 2009 "Incumbent President of Romania Traian Basescu is declared the winner of Sunday's presidential election run-off, with the opposition demanding that the Constitutional Court annul the vote due to electoral fraud."
- December 7, 2009 "Iranian police clash with thousands of opposition supporters at the annual Student's Day in Tehran, with reports of gunfire being heard."
- December 7, 2009 "Pakistan?s Raffatullah Momand and Aamer Sajjad set a new world record for a second wicket partnership scoring 580 runs in a first-class Quaid-i-Azam Trophy match, breaking the previous record of 576 held by Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama."
- December 7, 2009 President of Guinea Moussa Dadis Camara is reportedly unable to communicate following surgery due to an assassination attempt. (France 24)
- December 7, 2009 "Sudanese police detain three senior figures from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, the ruling party in South Sudan, at a demonstration calling for electoral reform in Khartoum."
- December 7, 2009 The English town of Swindon becomes the first ever Twin Town of Walt Disney World in the U.S. state of Florida.
- December 7, 2009 The Supreme Court of Pakistan begins hearing a case against the National Reconciliation Ordinance which protected President Asif Ali Zardari and other key political figures against graft charges.
- December 7, 2009 The United Nations Climate Change Conference opens in Copenhagen.
- December 7, 2009 U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates admits that the United States has had no information on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden for many years.
- December 7, 2010 "Important Islamic date - Islamic New Year: December 7, 2010 (1432 A.H.)"