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Notable Historical Events on December 7th

1964George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

1868Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1

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

1990Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement

1929Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament

1988Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract

1931Bradman scores 219 NSW v South Africa, 234 mins, 15 fours

1929Bradman scores 124 for Woodfull's XI against Ryder's XI 166 mins

1975Pat Bradley wins Colgate-Far East Ladies Tournament Golf Tournament

1804Naturalist 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

1978Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick

1937Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

1993Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery

1939Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

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

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

19945th Billboard Music Awards: Ace of Base & Mariah Carey win

1994Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide

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

1836Martin Van Buren elected 8th president

December 7th Historical Events
Date Event
43
Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106 BC), Roman orator and politician assassinated. 
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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. 
1724
Tumult of Thorn - religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities. 
1732
The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London. 
1741
Elisabeth Petrovna becomes tsarina of Russia 
1783
Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London 
1783
William Pitt Jr (24) becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister 
1787
Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution 
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 
1808
James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President 
1835
Bavarian Ludwig railway opens - first German steam railway 
1836
Martin Van Buren elected 8th president 
1842
NY Philharmonic's 1st concert 
1862
Battle of Hartsville, TN 
1862
Battle of Prairie Grove, AR 
1864
Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia 
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 & Phila A's expelled from NL for not completing sked 
1877
Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of "Scientific American" 
1885
49th Congress (1885-87) convenes 
1889
Gilbert & Sullivans "Gondoliers" premieres in London 
1891
52nd 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 emission. 
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
Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring 
1907
The First Egyptian Nationalist Congress meets under the leadership of Mustafa Kamil Pasha 
1909
Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite) 
1911
Leslie J Stuarts musical "Betsy" premieres in NYC 
1911
Natl Hockey Association forms with New Westminster, Vancouver & Victoria 
1912
Bust of Queen Nefertete found in El-Amarna, Egypt 
1916
British government of David Lloyd George forms 
1916
David Lloyd George replaces resigning H. H. Asquith as British PM 
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 
1925
Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue" premieres in NYC 
1926
Gas refrigerator patented 
1929
Bradman scores 124 for Woodfull's XI against Ryder's XI 166 mins 
1929
Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament 
1930
13th PGA Championship: Tommy Armour at Fresh Meadows CC Flushing 
1931
Bradman scores 219 NSW v South Africa, 234 mins, 15 fours 
1932
1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY 
1934
Wiley Post discovers jet stream 
1935
CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Ham Tigers, 18-12 at Hamilton 
1937
Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work 
1937
Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams 
1937
Russian chess player Alekhine recaptures world title from Max Euwe 
1938
Philip Barry's "Here Come the Clowns" premieres in NYC 
1938
W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of St Louis Post-Dispatch by radio 
1939
Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame 
1939
William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland 
1940
28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5 
1940
North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor 
1940
The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew 
1941
Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon 
1941
Futshida's air fleet passes coastline of Oahu 
1941
German siege of Tobruk after 8 months ends 
1941
Japanese attack on the US at Pearl Harbour Naval Base, Hawaii 
1941
Nacht & Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps 
1941
1st Japanese midget submarine (No. 20) attacked by a US ship (USS Ward) 
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
15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E) 
1949
Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan 
1952
KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast 
1953
Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires 
1953
WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting 
1954
Japanese government of Joshida resigns 
1954
KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1956
Helen O'Connell joins Today Show panel 
1957
Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year 
1958
Romulo Betancourt elected pres of Venezuela 
1959
"Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances 
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 
1963
Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game. 
1964
George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs 
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. 
1967
"How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 perfs 
1967
Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" 
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
"Wild & Wonderful" opens/closes at Lyceum Theater NYC 
1971
Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life" 
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 
1972
Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission, launched 
1972
Philippine's 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant 
1973
Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies 
1973
Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers 
1973
Wings release "Band on the Run" 
1975
10th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 3-0 vs Sabres 
1975
Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus 
1975
Indonesian army occupies East Timor 
1975
Pat Bradley wins Colgate-Far East Ladies Tournament Golf Tournament 
1976
UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, sec-gen for 2nd 5 yr term 
1977
Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0 
1978
Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick 
1980
69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1) 
1981
Spain becomes a member of the NATO 
1982
Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building 
1982
In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US. 
1983
2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93 
1983
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1984
Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide) 
1985
51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB) 
1985
Atlantis returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB 
1986
Juli Inkster/Tom Purtzer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic 
1986
Pres Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti 
1987
43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots) 
1987
Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting 
1987
Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank 
1988
6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia (25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless) 
1988
Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN 
1988
Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC 
1988
NY Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach 
1988
Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract 
1989
C Coleman & D Zippel's musical "City of Angels" premieres in NYC 
1990
Iraqi parliment endorses Saddam Hussein's decision to free hostages 
1990
Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement 
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
Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery 
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. 
1994
5th Billboard Music Awards: Ace of Base & Mariah Carey win 
1994
Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide 
1995
NBA settles strike of referees, refs to return on Dec 12 
1995
US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter 
1996
Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), lands 
1997
Amy Fruhwirth & Clarence Rose win LPGA J C Penney Classic 
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. 
2010
Iceland officially leaves the recession with growth of 1.2% in the third quarter 
2015
7.2-magnitude earthquake rattles Tajikistan 
2015
Venezuela's opposition party wins parliament 
2017
Hamas calls for new Palestinian uprising against Israel 
2017
Saudi Arabia condemns Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel 
2017
Palestinians call general strike, rallies to protest Trump Jerusalem move 
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