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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

  • 1696
    Connecticut Route 108, third oldest highway in Connecticut, is laid out to Trumbull.
  • 1776
    Marquis de Lafayette arranges to enter the American military as a major general.
  • 1971
    Pakistan President Yahya Khan announces the formation of a Coalition Government at Centre with Nurul Amin as Prime Minister and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as Vice-Prime Minister.
  • 1972
    Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew takes the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they leave the Earth.
  • 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?

  • 1302
    Azzone Visconti lord of Milan (d. 1339)
  • 1904
    Konstantin Sokolsky, Russian singer (d. 1991)
  • 1910
    Louis Prima, American musician (d. 1978)
  • 1940
    Gerry Cheevers, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1969
    Andrea Claudio Galluzzo, Italian writer and journalist

Who died on December 7?

  • 1906
    Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)
  • 1946
    Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • 1983
    Fanny Cano, Mexican actress (b. 1944)
  • 1990
    Joan Bennett, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2003
    Azie Taylor Morton, Treasurer of the United States (b. 1936)

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