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7 December throughout history...

Quote: I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
(Willa Cather, author, born on December 7th, 1873)

First of all, 7 december is my birthday, which directly trigered my motivation to create this web page...

  • 374: On this day Saint Abrose of Milan was baptized, ordained as a priest, and consecrated as bishop. He is considered to be one of the church-fathers of the Western Church. 7 December became his memorial day.
  • 1148: Death of Saint Humbert : Benedictine monk at Chaise-Deux. Monk at Clairvaux in 1117. Prior at Clairvaux, appointed by Saint Bernard. Abbot at Igny in 1127.
  • 1732: Covent Garden Theatre opened for first time
  • 1873: birthday of Willa Cather, writer, journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 1888: death of Saint Mary Joseph Rosello, founder of the Institute of the Daughters of Mercy, a catholic band of teachers. She was canonized in 1949 by Pope Pius XII.
  • 1928: birthday of Noam Chomsky, professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT
  • 1931: birthday of Bobby Osborne (Osborne Bros.)
  • 1941: called "a date which will live in infamy" by US President Franklin Roosevelt .. Pearl Harbor, on the Island of O'ahu, Hawaii, (then a territory of the United States), used as base for the United States Pacific Fleet was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy, at approximately 8:00 A.M. that Sunday morning. There were a total of 145 Coast Guard and Navy vessels in the waters of Oahu at that time. More 2,300 Americans were killed ...
  • 1943, birthday of Nicholas M. Katz, a Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University
  • 1967: birthday of Patrick Merlevede, author of "7 Steps to emotional Intelligence", consultant.
    It's the Year of the Goat. A few days earlier Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart plant operation in Cape Town, South Africa. The passenger liner Queen Elizabeth II was launched and the prototype of the world's first supersonic airliner Concorde, was about to be revealed at Toulouse, France. Three astronauts were killed in a flash fire that engulfed their Apollo I spacecraft. The first microwave oven hit the consumer market. The first movies were released on video tape. Movie hits that year included "The Heat of the Night", "Bonnie and Clyde" and "The Graduate". The Beatles had released their album "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and Desmond Morris published his book about human aggressive behaviour "The Naked Ape". Israel had won their six-day war against Egypt, Syria and Jordan and the US was fighting the war in Vietnam. More American troops were sent to Vietnam and more and more anti-war demonstrations were taking place.
  • 1970: Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg dies. He is especially known for drawing up cartoons ofd very complex machines, doing very simple tasks. Such machines are now known as the "Rube Goldberg device".
  • 1980: Last day John Lennon was fully alive (he was shot on December 8th at 40 as he entered the Dakota, his luxury apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side, opposite Central Park, at 2300 local time)
  • 1987: Harold W. "Pappy" Daily, music industry executive, producer and mentor to George Jones (a famous US country singer), died at the age of 85.
  • 2003: Date on which the Pentium III will be declared "dead" by Intel.

Learn more about December 7th : take a look at Wikipedia

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