December 7 Events in History - December 7 Birthdays - December 7 Deaths
2014 Six men being detained in the U.S. Guantanamo Bay facility have been released to Uruguay; the men are considered refugees and will not have restrictions on their travel
2014 U.S.-Iranian citizen Jason Rezaian, the head of the 'Washington Post' bureau in Iran, has been accused of unknown charges and is being held without bail; Iran has denied requests from Switzerland to check on Rezaian's condition on behalf of the U.S.
2013 American comedian Don Rickles receives treatment for a flesh-eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis, he contracted in his leg; the 87-year old is expected to make a full recovery
2013 At a World Trade Organization meeting, a trade agreement called the Bali Package is reached; the agreement will lower global trade barriers and will simplify trade deals to better enable poorer states in Bali, Indonesia to sell their goods
2012 NASA reports its Twin GRAIL probes studying the surface of the Moon reveal unexpectedly-deep cracks, craters and tectonic structures
2012 Scientist in Tanzania discover the oldest-known dinosaur fossil - a 243-million-year-old fossil from the extinct reptile Nyasasaurus
2011 Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of the State of Illinois, is issued a sentence of 14 years in jail for corruption
2011 In Hawaii, the U.S. commemorates the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor
2010 At auction, John James Audubon's 'Birds of America' sells for a record price of $10.3 million
2010 Sri Lanka's floods maroon over 76,000 people
2009 The United Nations opens its Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
2004 After popularizing the PC in the '80s, IBM sells its PC business to a Chinese company
1997 Amy Fruhwirth and Clarence Rose win LPGA J C Penney Classic
1996 Space Shuttle STS-80 (Columbia 21), lands
1995 NBA settles strike of referees, refs to return on Dec 12
1995 U.S. space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter
1994 5th Billboard Music Awards
1994 Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide
1993 Henri Konan Bedie names himself President of Ivory coast
1993 Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery
1992 Galileo spacecraft passes North Pole of Moon (Peary Crater)
1991 A J Kitt, U.S., wins World Skiing Cup
1990 Iraqi parliment endorses Saddam's decision to free hostages
1990 Ted Turner and Jane Fonda announce their engagement
1989 C Coleman and D Zippel's musical "City of Angels," premieres in New York City
1988 6.9 earthquake in Armenia, Spitak destroyed, 60,000 killed
1988 Armenian SSR rocked by earthquake, 8 on Richter scale (55,000 die)
1988 Earthquake in Armenia (>25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)
1988 Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
1988 Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St. crowds upon arrival in New York City
1988 New York Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach
1988 Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract
1987 43 die in Pacific Southwest Airline crash in California (man shot pilots)
1987 Gorbachev arrives in U.S. for a summit meeting
1987 Pacific Southwest crashes near Los Angeles, kills 43
1987 Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank
1986 Juli Inkster/Tom Purtzer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1986 President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees Haiti
1985 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
1985 Atlantis returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
1984 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide)
1983 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
1983 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1982 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
1981 Spain becomes a member of the NATO alliance
1978 Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick
1977 Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0
1976 U.N. Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for 2nd 5 yr term
1975 10th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 3-0 vs Sabres
1975 Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus
1975 Indonesian army occupies East Timor
1975 Pat Bradley wins Colgate-Far East Ladies Tournament Golf Tournament
1973 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
1973 Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers
1973 Wings release "Band on the Run"
1972 Apollo 17 (U.S.), final manned lunar landing mission, launched
1972 Philippine's 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed and wounded by an assailant
1971 "Wild and Wonderful" opens/closes at Lyceum Theater New York City
1971 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
1970 Taizan Maezumi Roshi, head of LA Zen Center, receives dharma
1970 West Germany and Poland normalize relations
1968 M Dodd returns a library books his Great grandfather took out in 1923
1968 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2 launched into Earth orbit
1968 Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandad took out in 1823
1967 "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City for 220 performances
1967 Otis Rescue records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
1965 Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054
1964 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs
1963 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
1962 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1960 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
1959 "Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 80 performances
1958 Romulo Betancourt elected President of Venezuela
1957 Tony Kubek of the Yankees selected as AL Rookie of the Year
1956 Helen O'Connell joins Today Show panel
1955 Clement Attlee resigns as chairman of England's Labour Party
1954 Japanese government of Joshida, resigns
1954 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1953 Israel's Prime Minister Ben-Gurion retires
1953 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
1952 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
1949 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)
1949 Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan
1946 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
1945 Microwave oven patented
1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation drawn up in Chicago
1944 General Radescu forms Romanian government
1943 Cairo: president Roosevelt travels back to the US
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 Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, a date that will live in infamy
1941 Nacht and Nebel Erlass, resistance fighter sent to concentration camps
1941 1st Japanese submarine sunk by a U.S. ship (USS Ward)
1940 North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
1939 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1939 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland
1938 Philip Barry's "Here Come the Clowns," premieres in New York City
1938 W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of St. Louis Post-Dispatch by radio
1937 Dutch Minister Romme proclaims married women are forbidden to work
1937 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams
1937 Russian chess player Aljechin recaptures world title from Max Euwe
1935 CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Ham Tigers, 18-12 at Hamilton
1934 Wiley Post discovers jet stream
1932 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY
1931 Bradman scores 219 NSW vs. South Africa, 234 minutes, 15 fours
1930 13th PGA Championship: Tommy Armour at Fresh Meadows CC Flushing
1929 Bradman scores 124 for Woodfull's XI against Ryder's XI 166 minutes
1929 Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament
1926 Gas refrigerator patented
1925 Biltmore Theater opens at 261 W 47th St. New York City
1925 Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue," premieres in New York City
1924 German election (Social Democrats win/Nazis and Communists lose)
1921 KWG-AM in Stockton California begins radio transmissions
1920 NSW make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81
1920 USPD-KPD parties merge into Vereinigte Communist Party of Germany
1917 U.S. becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
1916 British government of David Lloyd George forms
1916 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H H Asquith as British PM
1912 Bust of Queen Nefertete found in El-Amarna, Egypt
1911 Leslie J Stuarts musical "Betsy," premieres in New York City
1911 National Hockey Association forms with New Westminister, Vancouver and Victoria
1909 Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
1907 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring
1895 Battle at Amba Alagi: Abyssinians beat Italian armies
1891 52nd Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session
1889 Gilbert and Sullivans "Gondoliers," premieres in London
1885 49th Congress (1885-87) convenes
1877 Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone
1876 NY Mutuals and Philadelphia A's expelled from NL for not completing sked
1875 Natives Sons of the West organized
1872 HMS Challenger sets sail on 3 -year world oceanographic cruise
1868 Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin, Missouri, kills 1
1864 Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia
1862 Battle of Hartsville, TN
1862 Battle of Prairie Grove, AR
1842 NY Philharmonic's 1st concert
1836 Martin Van Buren elected 8th president
1835 German railway Neurenberg-Furth opens
1808 James Madison elected U.S. president/George Clinton vice-president
1787 Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution
1783 Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London
1783 William Pitt, Jr. (24) becomes British premier
1741 Elisabeth Petrovna becomes tsarina of Russia
1646 Princess Louise Henriette (19) marries monarch Frederik Henry
1354 Margaretha van Bavarian's son earl Willem V signs peace treaty
283 St. Eutychian ends his reign as Catholic Pope
185 Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52)