December 7 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae

1909 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

1941 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people

1965 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054

1988 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia kills 25,000-50,000 people and leaves up to 500,000 homeless

1988 PLO delegation lead by Yasser Arafat proclaims the State of Palestine, recognizing the existence of the State of Israel for the first time

Today’s Historical Events

43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae

185 Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52)

1354 Margaretha van Bavarian’s son earl Willem V signs peace treaty

1696 Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull.

1703 Great storm of 1703 hits Southern England – thousands killed, Royal Navy losses 13 ships and around 1,500 seamen

1703 The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703

1724 Tumult of Thorn – religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.

1727 Physician Sir Hans Soane becomes President of the Royal Society, succeeding Sir Isaac Newton [1]

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1925 Noël Coward‘s “Easy Virtue” premieres in NYC

1952 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast

1953 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting

1954 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting

1956 Helen O’Connell joins Today Show panel (NBC)

1963 First use of the instant replay machine invented by CBS in a US Army vs Navy football game

1979 “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” first movie of the series premieres directed by Robert Wise, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

1986 NBC premiere of miniseries “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna” (Part 1)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1732 The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, England

1842 New York Philharmonic’s 1st concert

1911 Leslie J Stuart’s musical “Betsy” premieres in NYC

1939 William Walton’s Violin Concerto premieres in Cleveland; Ohio, with Jascha Heifetz as soloist and the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Artur Rodziński

1959 “Saratoga” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances

1964 George Harrison changes his company’s name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

1967 Elmer Bernstein and Carolyn Leigh’s musical “How Now, Dow Jones”, starring Tony Roberts, and directed by George Abbott, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 220 performances

1967 Otis Redding records his song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”, co-written and produced by guitarist Steve Cropper at Stax Studios in Memphis Tennessee

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1907 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring

1929 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Hillcrest CC: Defending champion Leo Diegel defeats Johnny Farrell, 6 & 4 in the final

1930 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Fresh Meadows CC: American based Scotsman Tommy Armour defeats Gene Sarazen 1 up in the final for the 2nd of his 3 major titles

1931 After scoring 226 in 1st Test in Brisbane, Don Bradman belts 219 for NSW against the visiting South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground

1935 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Winnipeg Pegs (later Blue Bombers) defeat Hamilton Tigers, 18-12

1937 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

1937 Russian chess player Alexander Alekhine recaptures his final world title from Dutch grand master Max Euwe by a large margin (+10−4=11)

1939 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame