7th December, on this day

36 BC Earliest known Mayan inscription, Stela 2 at Chiapa de Corzo
43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman writer, gets his head and right hand chopped off by Mark Antony's soldiers
185 Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52?)
283 St Eutychian ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1354 Margaretha van Bavarian's son earl Willem V signs peace treaty
1646 Princess Louise Henriette (19) marries monarch Frederik Henry
1724 Tumult of Thorn - religious unrest followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Torun) by Polish authorities.
1732 Opening of the original Covent Garden Opera House with a performance of Way Of The World by William Congreve
1741 Elisabeth Petrovna becomes tsarina of Russia
1783 Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London
1783 William Pitt Jr (24) becomes British premier
1787 Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution
1808 James Madison elected US President,George Clinton Vice-President
1835 German railway Neurenberg-Fürth opens
1836 Martin Van Buren elected 8th President
1837 Battle of Montgomery's Tavern : Battle near tavern sparks the Upper Canada Rebellion
1842 New York Philharmonic's 1st concert
1862 Battle of Hartsville TN
1862 Battle of Prairie Grove AR
1864 Third Battle of Murfreesboro ends : Confederate raid mostly unsuccessful
1864 First Battle of Fort Fisher begins : Failed Union attempt to take fort
1864 Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia
1868 Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin MO, kills 1
1872 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½-year world oceanographic cruise
1877 Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone
1889 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Gondoliers" premieres in London
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 emission.
1907 First Congress of the Egyptian nationalist movement under Mustafa Kamil
1907 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring
1909 Leo Baekeland, Yonkers NY, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
1911 Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in New York NY
1912 Bust of Queen Nefertete found in El-Amarna, Egypt
1915 Siege of Kut : Ottoman forces, led by a German general, capture the city
1916 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H H Asquith as British PM
1916 British government of David Lloyd George forms
1917 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
1920 USPD-KPD parties merge into Vereinigte Communist Party of Germany
1924 German election (Social Democrats win/Nazis and Communists lose)
1925 Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue" premieres in New York NY
1926 Gas refrigerator patented
1930 W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts broadcasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The broadcast also includes the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show.
1932 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross the Atlantic arrives in New York
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 New York NY
1939 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland
1939 Battle of Suomussalmi : During Winter War, Hjalmar Siilasvuo leads Finnish to victory over Soviets
1940 North Africa: British counter offensive under General O'Connor
1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor : Japanese dive-bombers attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii several hours before issuing an official declaration of war. Because of the time difference, events of December 8 that took place west of the International Date Line happened while it was December 7 to the east of this line.
1941 1st Japanese submarine sunk by a US ship (USS Ward)
1941 Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
1941 Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu
1941 SS Sauternes a steamship sank after a storm in the sound of Fugloyarfjørður
1941 Nacht and Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps
1943 Cairo: President Roosevelt travels back to the US
1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation drawn up in Chicago
1944 General Radescu forms Romanian government
1945 Microwave oven patented
1946 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
1949 Chinese Civil War : The government of Republic of China moves from Nanking to Taipei
1949 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan
1953 Israel's PM retires
1954 Japanese government of Joshida resigns
1955 Clement Attlee resigns as chairman of England's Labour Party
1958 Rómulo Bétancourt elected President of Venezuela
1960 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
1962 UK performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1962 Prince Rainier III of Monaco revises the principality's constitution, devolving some of his power to advisory and legislative councils.
1963 Instant replay is used for the first time in a US Army-US Navy game.
1964 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs
1965 Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of the 2 churches in 1054
1966 A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.
1967 Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
1967 15 die in a tram derailment at Szczecin, Poland
1968 USCGC White Alder a coastal buoy tender sunk in the Mississippi River near White Castle following a collision -- only three of the crew of 20 were rescued
1968 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2 launched into Earth orbit
1968 Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather borrowed in 1823 to the University of Cincinatti; the $22,646 fine went unpaid
1970 West Germany and Poland normalise relations
1970 The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise is held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats.
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.
1972 Philippine 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed and wounded by an assailant
1972 Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission (last of Apollo Moon series), launched
1975 Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus
1975 Indonesian army occupies East Timor
1976 UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for 2nd 5 year term
1979 Production of MG sports cars comes to an end after 50 years
1981 Spain becomes a member of the NATO
1982 America carries out its first execution by lethal injection: prisoner Charles Brooks Jnr is executed at Fort Worth in Texas
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 Muruora Island
1986 President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haïti
1987 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California when a man shoots pilots
1987 Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in the US for a summit meeting
1987 Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank
1988 Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
1988 Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall Street crowds upon arrival in NYC
1988 Yasser Arafat recognises existence of Israel
1988 Earthquake in Armenia - 6.9 on the Richter scale (>100,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)
1990 Iraqi parliament endorses Saddam's decision to free hostages
1990 Ted Turner and Jane Fonda announce their engagement
1992 Galileo spacecraft passes North Pole of Moon (Peary Crater)
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
1993 South African transitional executive council set up
1993 Henri Konan Bédié names himself President of Ivory coast
1994 Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide
1995 US space probe Galileo begins arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched
1997 The British children's TV phenomenon, the Teletubbies moves to new heights when their first record, Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh, reaches Number One
1999 The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement.
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.

7th December 2005

UN climate talks enter key phase

Saddam Hussein boycotts hearing

Iran blamed over Tehran air crash

7th December 2006

Iraq dominates Bush-Blair talks

Islamist warning for Somali force

Turkey 'will open up to Cyprus

7th December 2007

Battle to retake key Taleban town

Double bombing in Iraqi province

Senate to launch CIA tapes probe

7th December 2008

Greek police shooting sparks riot

Militants torch Afghan supplies

China protest at EU-Dalai meeting

7th December 2009

Market bombs 'kill dozens' in Lahore

'Gunfire heard' as Iran police clash with protesters

Act on climate, summit urged

7th December 2010

India holy city blast kills child

Irish outline tough budget cuts

Wikileaks' Assange refused bail

7th December 2011

Birthdates which occurred on 7th December :

0967 Abu Sa'id ibn Aboa al-Chair Persian mystic
1542 Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (1560-1587)
1557 Girolamo Trombeti composer
1598 Giovanni Bernini Italy, baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy)
1604 Ambrosius Reiner composer
1637 Barnardo Pasquini composer
1648 Giovanni Maria Capelli composer
1731 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron French interpreter
1751 Jurrian F de Frederici Governorernor-General (Suriname)
1754 Jack Jouett American patriot
1761 Madame [Marie Grosholtz] Tussaud created wax museum
1772 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz composer
1801 Johann Nepomuk Nestroy Austrian actor (Judith und Holofernes)
1808 Hugh McCulloch US Secretary of Treasury
1810 Theodor Schwann German co-originator of cell theory
1823 Leopold Kronecker German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker)
1830 Luigi Cremona Italian mathematician/minister of Education
1835 Dom Joseph Pothier French monk/musicologist
1839 Redvers H Buller English general/large landowner: Natal
1840 Hermann Goetz composer
1842 Otto Ammon German anthropologist/sociologist (schedelmetingen)
1847 James Deacon White Canton NY, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi)
1847 Solomon Schechter US Talmudic scholar/Jewish leader
1857 Nicola van Westerhout composer
1862 Paul Adam French writer (La Bataille d'Uhde)
1863 John Ebenezer West composer
1863 Pietro Mascagni Italian composer/fascist (Cavalleria Rusticana)
1863 Svetolik Rankovic Serbian writer (Forest King)
1872 Johan Huizinga Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens)
1873 Willa Cather US, author (My Antonia)
1876 Ludwig Schiedermair German musicologist (Beethoven-Archiv)
1878 Akiko Yosano Japan, poet (Tangled Hair)
1879 Rudolf Friml Czechoslovakian/US composer (Bohemian suite)
1882 Warren Bardsley cricketer (great New South Wales & Aussie opening bat 1909-26)
1887 Ernst Toch Vienna Austria, composer (Melodie Lehre)
1888 Joyce Cary Anglo-Irish (male) writer (House of Children)
1888 Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun 1st president of American Newspaper Guild
1888 Hamilton Fish US congress leader/isolationist
1889 Heathcote Dicken Statham composer
1889 Honoré-Gabriel Marcel French philosopher/playwright
1891 Fay Bainter Los Angeles CA, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair)
1892 Nora Nicholson Leamington England, actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow)
1894 Stuart Davis US painter
1895 Jack Pennick Portland OR, actor (Lady From Louisiana)
1896 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater composer
19-- Reed St Mark rock drummer (Mind Funk-Sugar Ain't So Swedenet, Fire)
1901 A F [Tony] Pugsley British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944))
1902 J G Navle cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper)
1905 Gerard Kuiper Dutch/US astronomer (discovered moons of Uranus, Neptune)
1906 George Richard James saxophonist
1908 Jacques Gans Dutch author/journalist
1908 John H Doeg tennis champion (US Open-1930)
1909 Jacob Kainen artist/curator
1910 Edmundo Ros English orchestra leader
1910 Richard Franko Goldman composer
1910 Rod Cameron Calgary Alberta, actor (City Detective, State Trooper)
1912 Louis Prima New Orleans LA, singer (That Old Black Magic)
1912 Rod Cameron Calgary Alberta, actor (Kansas, Evel Knievel, Oh Susanna, Stampede)
1912 Daniel Jones composer
1914 Winston Place cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948)
1915 Eli Wallach Brooklyn NY, actor (Magnificent 7, Misfits, People Next Door)
1915 Brackett Hamilton Leigh [Douglass] US, sci-fi author (Ginger Star)
1917 Helen Gurley Brown editor-in-chief (Cosmopolitan)
1918 Jorunn Vidar composer
1919 Ellen Stewart actress/founder (La Mama Theatre Group)
1921 Arne Dorumsgaard composer
1923 Ted Knight Terryville CT, (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort)
1924 Mário Soares (Socialist), premier of Portugal (1976-78, 1983- )
1926 Victor Kermit Kiam II CEO (Remington shavers)/NFL owner (Patriots)
1926 Wolfgang Ludewig composer
1927 Vlastimir Pericic composer
1928 Noam Chomsky linguist (founded transformational grammar)
1928 Raymond Henry Charles Warren composer
1930 Richard Felciano composer
1932 Ellen Burstyn Detroit MI, actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here)
1932 Geoff Lawson Australian cricket player
1932 Gerard van den Berg Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son)
1935 Jean-Claude Casadesus composer
1936 Martha Layne Collins Baghdad KY, (Governor-D-KY)
1937 Thad Cochran (Senator-R-MS)
1940 Mike Minor San Francisco CA, actor (Steve-Petticoat Junction, All My Children)
1940 Kumar Shahani writer/director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan)
1942 Harry Chapin New York NY, folk/rock singer/songwriter (Taxi, Cat's in the Craddle)
1942 Jonathan D Kramer composer
1947 Johnny Bench baseball catcher (Reds)
1947 Vincent Baggetta Paterson NJ, actor (Lou-Chicago Story)
1947 Mino Reitano Italian entertainer
1947 Peter de Jong Dutch actor (Maxi-Mini & Maxi)
1948 Yoko Morishita prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki)
1948 Gary Morris Fort Worth TX, singer/actor (Les Misèrables, Colbys)
1949 Tom Waits California, rocker/song writer (Blue Valentine)
1951 Henk Temming Dutch vocalist/keyboardist (Good Cause)
1953 Bertin Osborne Italian entertainer
1954 Gianfranco Jannuzzo Italian entertainer
1954 Julie Halston actress (Juror, Drunks, Addams Family Values)
1954 Mike Nolan rocker
1955 Priscilla Barnes Fort Dix NJ, actress (License to Kill, Three's Company)
1956 Larry Bird hoop star (Boston Celtics)
1957 Geoff "Henry" Lawson cricketer (Australian fast bowler 1980-89)
1957 Rohan Jayasekera cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1982)
1958 Edd Hall TV announcer (Jay Leno's Tonight Show)
1959 Salim Yousuf cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90)
1961 Mary Beth Evans Pasadena CA, actress (Katherine Ashton-General Hospital)
1962 Grecia Colmenares Italian entertainer
1963 Barbara Weathers vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
1963 Kristi Albers El Paso TX, LPGA golfer (1993 Sprint Classic)
1964 Duncan Miller rocker (Blue Mercedes-Rich & Famous)
1964 Mike Nolan rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
1964 Peter Laviolette Norwood MA, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994)
1965 Peter Draisaitl Karvina Czechoslovakia, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
1966 C Thomas Howell Los Angeles CA, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man)
1967 Tino Martinez Tampa FL, 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, New York Yankees)
1967 Vaclav Chalupa Czechoslovakia, rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989)
1968 Cammy Myler Plattsburgh NY, luger (Olympics-1994)
1968 Keith Goganious NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1968 Melissa Iverson Anoka MN, rower (Olympics-96)
1968 Ricky Ervins NFL running back (San Francisco 49ers)
1968 Tom Myslinski NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers)
1969 Sabine Hack West Germany, tennis star
1970 Courtney Browne cricketer (West Indies Test wicket-keeper 1995)
1970 Ed Robinson WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1970 Rob Olson Victoria British Columbia, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Newlands Open)
1971 Ben Atkins New York NY, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
1971 Mauricio Hadad Cali Colombia, tennis star (1995 Bermuda)
1972 Bobby Schoonens soccer player (RKC)
1972 Clay Shiver corner (Dallas Cowboys)
1972 Jordi Buritlo Spain, tennis star
1972 Kevin Dogins corner (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1972 Sunny [Tamara Fytch] WWF model
1973 Mark Hartsell WLAF QB (Scotland Claymores)
1973 Rea Marie Bavilla Miss USA-Alaska (1997)
1973 Terrell Owens wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
1974 Alex Radutescu Romania, tennis star
1974 Annette Salmeen 200 meter butterfly/800 meter freestyle relay (Olympics-96)
1975 Nikola Wapzarow writer
1977 Fernando Vargas Oxnard CA, welterweight boxer (Olympics-96)
1977 Francesca Lubiani Bologna Italy, tennis star (Futures-Amadora-POR)


Deaths which occurred on 7th December:
0983 Otto II the Red German king/emperor (973-83), dies at about 28
1254 Innocent IV [Sinibaldo dei Fieschi] Pope (1243-54), dies
1383 Wenceslaus duke of Brabant, dies
1811 Ignaz Spangler composer, dies at 54
1815 Michel Ney French marshal (Waterloo), murdered at 46
1817 William Bligh British naval officer of "Bounty" fame dies in London at 63
1823 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke composer, dies at 79
1826 John Flaxman English sculptor (tombs at St Paul's Cathedral), dies at 71
1829 Johann Christoph Kienlen composer, dies at 45
1834 Ludwig Schuncke composer, dies at 23
1839 Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek composer, dies at 69
1841 Johann Daniel Ferstenberg composer, dies at 83
1860 Constantine S Aksakov Russian historian/poet, dies at 43
1862 Sylvester Churchill US Union Brigadier-General, dies
1867 Rudolf Viole composer, dies at 42
1881 Julius FA Bahnsen German philosopher (Tragic as Weltgesetz), dies at 51
1894 Ferdinand de Lesseps French engineer/diplomat/earl, dies at 89
1899 Antoni Katski composer, dies at 82
1902 Thomas Nast political cartoonist, dies
1912 George Darwin theorized Moon was pulled out of Pacific Ocean, dies
1917 Leon Minkus composer, dies at 91
1938 Harry Moses cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1887-95), dies
1941 Cecil Forsyth composer, dies at 71
1941 Iida Japanese pilot/lieutenant, dies in battle at 28
1943 John Bouber [Blom] actor/author (Bluejackets), dies at 22
1948 Godfrey Turner composer, dies at 35
1962 Kirsten Flagstead Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
1967 House Peters silent film actor (Kansas Territory), dies at 87
1969 Eric Portman actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
1969 Hugh Williams actor (Human Monster), dies after surgery at 65
1970 Rube Goldberg US cartoonist (Mike & Ike, Pulitzer 1948), dies at 87
1971 Milton Rosmer director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90
1972 Adrian J Zoetmulder author (God's Hour), dies at 91
1975 Hardie Albright actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), dies at 71
1975 Thornton N Wilder US writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78
1977 Paul Gibb cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
1979 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin 1st woman full professor at Harvard University, dies
1979 Prince Chahryar Shafik Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
1979 Mari Andriessen sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
1979 Nicolas Born writer, dies at 41
1980 Darby Crash rocker, dies at 22
1982 Charlie Brooks Jr convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville TX
1983 Edgar Graham member of Northern Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA
1984 Jeanne Cagney actress (Quicksand, Kentucky Rifle), dies at 65
1985 Potter Stewart 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in New Hampshire at 70
1985 Robert Graves English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
1988 Andrei P Ershov Russian computer pioneer, dies
1988 Christopher Connelly actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
1988 Peter Langan Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
1990 Delecta "Dee" Clark US singer (Raindrops), dies at 52
1990 Horst Bienek writer, dies at 60
1990 Joan Bennett US actress (House Across the Bay), dies at 80
1992 Maurice Coutinho writer/translator (Silent Struggle), dies at 79
1992 Ruth Corbett Thom dies after long illness at 78
1992 Vincent Gardenia actor (Moonstruck, LA Law), dies at 71
1993 Félix Houphouet-Boigny President of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88
1993 Janet Margolin actress (David & Lisa), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
1994 Elga Andersen German/French model/actress (Global Affair), dies at 58
1995 Larry Bartlett photographer, dies at 42
1995 Tom Burns editor, dies at 89
1996 Eugene Izzi mystery writer, hangs himself at 43
1996 Jose Donoso writer, dies at 72

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