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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 24 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 24, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,788,320 minutes 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 67 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 2,908 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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December 7 Historical Events
Connecticut Route 108, third oldest highway in Connecticut, is laid out to Trumbull.
Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
World War I: The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary.
World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor – The Imperial Japanese Navy attacks the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, causing a declaration of war upon Japan by the United States. Japan also invades Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines at the same time (December 8 in Asia).
Instant replay makes its debut during an Army–Navy game.
The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise is held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats.
In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.
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.
Norfolk Southern ends its steam excursion program. This is the last time that Norfolk and Western 611 is under steam.
The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
Who were born on December 7?
Johann Nestroy, Austrian dramatist and actor (d. 1862)
Richard Sears, American department store founder (d. 1914)
Walter Nowotny, Austrian fighter pilot (d. 1944)
Paul Caponigro, American photographer
Thad Cochran, American politician, senator from Mississippi
Bernard C. Parks, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
Miroslav Macek, Czech politician
Eckhard Märzke, East German footballer
Derek Ramsay, Filipino actor and model
Emily Browning, Australian actress
Who died on December 7?
Adrian Willaert, Flemish composer
John Oldham, English poet (b. 1653)
Jan Santini Aichel, Bohemian architect (b. 1677)
Joseph Bara, French revolutionary (b. 1780)
Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (b. 1815)
Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)
Among the 2,400 dead from the attack on Pearl Harbor: Isaac C. Kidd, American US Navy Rear Admiral, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1884)
Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
Lucy d'Abreu, Scottish supercentenarian (b. 1892)
Herbert Hutner, American banker and attorney (b. 1908)
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