We all know that the bombing of Pearl Harbor took place on December 7, 1941, but I would like to examine what else happened on this day in history.
36 B.C. Earliest known Mayan inscription, Stela 2 at Chiapa de Corzo
43 B.C. Marcus Tullius Cicero is killed.
283 A.D. St. Eutychian ended his reign as Pope.
374 At the age of 34, church father Ambrose was made Bishop of Milan, Italy. He is one of the four doctors of the Western church.
430 Cyril of Alexandria, age 54, at the Synod of Rome condemned the doctrine of the Antiochene monk, Nestorius, who had claimed that there were two separate persons in the Incarnate Christ (one Divine, the other Human).
1431 In Paris, Henry VI of England was crowned King of France
1661 Due to pressure from the British Parliament, Massachussetts (then a colony of Britain) suspended its Corporal Punishment Act of 1656, which had imposed harsh penalties on Quakers and other religious nonconformists.
1696 The third oldest road, Connecticut Route 108 is laid out in Trumbull.
1724 Polish authorities execute nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Torun),
1732 The Royal Opera House opens in Covent Garden, London, England opens.
1741 Elizabeth Petrovna becomes czarina of Russia.
1776 Marquis de Lafayette tries to enter the American military as a major general.
1783 William Pitt, jr becomes British premier.
1787 Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
1796 Electors choose John Adams to be the second President of the United States.
1835 The German railway Neurenberg-Furth opens
1836 Martin Van Buren is elected the eighth President of the United States.
1842 The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
1862 During the American Civil War the Battle of Prairy Grove, Arkansas is fought.
1864 There’s a skirmish at Ebenezer Creeek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia
1872 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3½-year world oceanographic cruise .
1876 The New York Mutuals & Philadelphia A’s are expelled from the National League for not completing schedule.
1877 Thomas A. Edison demonstrates the gramophone.
1895 At the Battle of Amba Alagi the Abyssinians beat Italian armies.
1900 Max Planck discovers the law of black body emissions.
1909 Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New York patents the first thermosetting plastic and names it Bakelite.
1912 A bust of Queen Nefertiti is found in Tel-Amarna, Egypt.
1916 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H H Asquith as British PM
1917 The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary (World War I)
1925 Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 150-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 25 and 2/5 seconds. He went on to play “Tarzan” in several movies.
1926 The gas powered refrigerator was patented by The Electrolux Servel Corporation
1934 Wiley Post discovers the jet stream.
1937 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams
1939 At the age of 36, Lou Gehrig is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1941 The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor which causes the United States to declare war.
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 fighters sent to concentration camps
1944 General Radescu forms Romanian government.
1945 The microwave is patented.
1946 A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta killed 119 people. It was America’s worst hotel fire disaster. The hotel founder, W. Frank Winecoff, was also killed in the fire.
1949 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan.
1953 Israeli Prime minister David Ben Gureon retires.
1955 Clement Attlee steps down as Labour leader.
1956 Helen O’Connell joins the Today show panel.
1960 The Ivory Coast claims independence from France.
1962 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 Instant Replay is used for the first time during an Army-Navy game.
1963 The Beatles appeared on the British TV show “Jukebox Jury.”
1965 Pope Paul Vi and Patriarch Athenagoras simultaneuously lift mutual excommunications that had been in place since 1059.
1970 The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise is held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats.
1972 Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was stabbed and seriously wounded by an assailant. The man was then shot and killed by her bodyguards.
1973 Indonesia invades East Timor.
1981 Spain becomes a member of the NATO
1983 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1983 – An Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 collides with an Aviaco DC-9 in dense fog while the two airliners are taxiing down the runway at Madrid Barajas International Airport, killing 93 people
1986 President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti
1987 Alianza Lima air disaster:. A plane crashes killing all Alianza Lima team in Ventanilla, Callao,Peru.
1987 Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 177crashes near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shoots his ex-boss traveling on the flight, then shoots both pilots and himself
1987 Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev set foot on American soil for the first time. He had come to the United Statesfor a Washington summit withPresident Reagan
1987 Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank
1988 An earthquake measure 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Spitak, Armenia killing nearly 25,000, injuring about 15,000 and leaving about 400,000 homeless
1988 Yasser Arfat recognizes the right of Israel to exist.
1993 The Long Island Rail Road massacre Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York
2001 The Taliban surrender Kandahar.
2002 In Amsterdam, Netherlands, two Van Gogh paintings were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum. The two works were “View of the Sea st Scheveningen” and “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen.” On July 26, 2004, two men were convicted for the crime and were sentenced to at least four years in prison each.
2006 A tornado strikes Kensal Green Northwest London, seriously damaging 150 properties.
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