December 7 is the 341st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 24 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about December 7th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 7th in history!
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- National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
- International Civil Aviation Day
- National Cotton Candy Day
What Happened On This Day – December 7
2004: Hamid Karzai takes office
The Afghan politician took office as the President of the Islamic Republic in Afghanistan’s first direct democratic elections in history.
1982: December Murders in Suriname
Fifteen prominent Surinamese men were kidnapped and subsequently murdered over 3 days by the military government. The men were known to have criticized the military dictatorship.
1941: Attack on Pearl Harbor
The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack was the impetus for the U.S.’s entry into World War II.
1787: First state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Because of this, it is sometimes called the First State.
1732: Royal Opera House opens its doors
The popular performing arts venue in Covent Garden, London houses the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet.
1968: A San Francisco State coed is wearing an eye patch which reads, ‘I was protected by the police.’ The police were called in to keep the peace and to quell student turmoil, San Francisco, California, December 7, 1968.
Births On This Day, December 7
1984: Robert Kubica, Polish race car driver
1980: John Terry, English footballer
1956: Larry Bird, American basketball player
1949: Tom Waits, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor
1928: Noam Chomsky, American linguist, philosopher
Deaths On This Day, December 7
1993: Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Ivorian politician, 1st President of Côte d’Ivoire
1985: Robert Graves, English author
1917: Ludwig Minkus, Austrian violinist, composer
1817: William Bligh, English Admiral, statesmen, 4th Governor of New South Wales
983: Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor