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December 7 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 7, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0036 -BC- Earliest known Mayan inscription, Stela 2 at Chiapa de Corzo
0043 -BC- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman writer, gets his head & right hand chopped off by Mark Antony's soldiers
0185 Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52?)
0283 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
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-F�rth opens
1836 Martin Van Buren elected 8th President
1842 New York 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 MO, kills 1
1872 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3�-year world oceanographic cruise
1875 Natives Sons of the West organized
1876 New York Mutuals & Philadelphia A's expelled from National League for not completing schedule
1877 Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone
1885 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
1889 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Gondoliers" premieres in London
1891 52nd Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session
1895 Battle at Amba Alagi: Abyssinians beat Italian armies
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
1911 National Hockey Association forms with New Westminister, Vancouver & Victoria
1912 Bust of Queen Nefertete found in El-Amarna, Egypt
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 New South Wales 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 New York NY
1926 Gas refrigerator patented
1929 Bradman scores 124 for Woodfull's XI against Ryder's XI 166 minutes
1929 Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament
1930 13th PGA Championship: Tommy Armour at Fresh Meadows CC Flushing
1931 Bradman scores 219 New South Wales vs South Africa, 234 minutes, 15 fours
1932 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross the Atlantic arrives in New York
1934 Wiley Post discovers the 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 Aljechin recaptures world title from Max Euwe
1938 W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of the St Louis Post-Dispatch by radio
1938 Philip Barry's "Here Come the Clowns" premieres in New York NY
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
1941 Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)
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 German siege of Tobruk after 8 months ends
1941 Nacht & 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 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)
1949 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan
1952 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Springs-Pueblo CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
1953 Israel's PM Ben-Gureon 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
1955 Clement Attlee resigns as chairman of England's Labour Party
1956 Helen O'Connell joins the Today Show panel
1957 Tony Kubek of the Yankees selected as American League Rookie of the Year
1958 R�mulo B�tancourt elected President 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
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 the 2 churches in 1054
1967 "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 performances
1967 Otis Rescue 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 borrowed in 1823 to the University of Cincinatti; the $22,646 fine went unpaid
1968 M Dodd returns a library books his Great grandfather took out in 1923
1970 Taizan Maezumi Roshi, head of Los Angeles Zen Center, receives dharma
1970 West Germany & Poland normalize relations
1971 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
1971 "Wild & Wonderful" opens/closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
1972 Philippine 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant
1972 Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission (last of Apollo Moon series), launched
1973 Wings release "Band on the Run"
1973 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
1973 Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers
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, Secretary-General for 2nd 5 year term
1977 Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0
1978 Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick
1981 Spain becomes a member of the NATO
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
1984 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (vs West Indies Adelaide)
1985 Atlantis returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
1985 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
1986 Juli Inkster/Tom Purtzer win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1986 President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Ha�ti
1987 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot 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 New York Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach
1988 Yasser Arafat recognizes existence of Israel
1988 Earthquake in Armenia - 6.9 on the Richter scale (>100,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)
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 New York NY
1990 Iraqi parliament endorses Saddam'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 South African transitional executive council set up
1993 Henri Konan B�di� names himself President of Ivory coast
1993 Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery
1994 5th Billboard Music Awards
1994 Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide
1995 NBA settles strike of referees, referees to return on December 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

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