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What are the important events that happened on December 7? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 7: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 7 is the 342nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 24 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 24, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,481,068,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatetracontadigon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 52 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,447 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 7 Historical Events

  • 1869
    American outlaw Jesse James commits his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.
  • 1936
    Australian cricketer Jack Fingleton becomes the first player to score centuries in four consecutive Test innings.
  • 1965
    Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras simultaneously revoke mutual excommunications that had been in place since 1054.
  • 1988
    Spitak Earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale kills nearly 25,000, injures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless.
  • 1989
    Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran complete their trilogy of boxing fights nine years after their first two fights, at the opening of the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada; Leonard retains his WBC world Super Middleweight title by a 12 round unanimous decision.

Who were born on December 7?

  • 1910
    Louis Prima, American musician (d. 1978)
  • 1942
    Alex Johnson, American baseball player
  • 1965
    Jeffrey Wright, American actor
  • 1980
    John Terry, English footballer
  • 1983
    Fausto Carmona, Dominican baseball player

Who died on December 7?

  • 1672
    Richard Bellingham, English colonial magistrate (b. 1592)
  • 1969
    Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • 1990
    Jean Paul Lemieux, French-Canadian artist (b. 1904)
  • 1993
    Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Ivoirian politician (b. 1905)
  • 2003
    Azie Taylor Morton, Treasurer of the United States (b. 1936)

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