7 April

7 April

April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 268 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about April 7th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 7th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • World Health Day
  • International Beaver Day
  • National Beer Day
  • National No Housework Day
  • National DIY Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – April 7

1990: An arson attack on the passenger ferry, Scandinavian Star, kills 159

Insurance fraud is today considered the most likely motive for the attack. According to a 2013 report, 9 crew members started the fire and sabotaged the fire crew’s attempts to extinguish the blaze.

1969: The internet is born

The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) awarded a contract to build a precursor of today’s world wide web to BBN Technologies. The date is widely considered as the internet’s symbolic birthday.

1948: The World Health Organization is established

The WHO is a United Nations agency concerned with fighting disease and epidemics worldwide, building up national health services, and improving health education in its 194 member states.

1827: The first friction match is soldEnglish chemist John Walker produced and sold the first operable matches. They were soon banned in France and Germany because burning fragments would sometimes fall to the floor and start fires.

1724 Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion is premiered

The sacred oratorio is the oldest extant Passion by the German composer. The highly popular work is a dramatization of the final days of Jesus Christ, according to the Gospel of John.

1991: USAF aircraft fly over burning Kuwaiti oil wells (1991)

USAF aircraft fly over burning Kuwaiti oil wells (1991)

1952, Connaught Place, Delhi

1952, Connaught Place, Delhi

1939: Battle of Khalkin Gol, 1939. Where Soviets drove Imperial Japanese forces out of Mongolia.

Battle of Khalkin Gol, 1939. Where Soviets drove Imperial Japanese forces out of Mongolia.

Adolf Hitler and Helga Goebbels – 1935

Adolf Hitler and Helga Goebbels – 1935

1827: English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches in 1827.

1805: Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Eroica”, in Vienna, conducted by the composer in 1805.

1795: France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length in 1795.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, April 7

1964: Russell Crowe, New Zealand/Australian actor, singer, producer

1954: Jackie Chan, Chinese actor, martial artist, director, producer, screenwriter

1939: Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, screenwriter

1920: Ravi Shankar, Indian/American sitar player, composer

1915: Billie Holiday, American singer-songwriter, actress

Jackie Chan was born.

Ravi Shankar was born.

Anne Marie was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, April 7

1947: Henry Ford, American businessman, founded the Ford Motor Company

1891: P. T. Barnum, American businessman, founded Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus

1804: Toussaint Louverture, Haitian general

1782: Taksin, Thai king

1614: El Greco, Greek painter, sculptor

Henry Ford died.

Toussaint Louverture died.

Jacques Charles died.


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