April 7 Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important Historical Events

30 Scholars’ estimate for Jesus’ crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem [or April 3]

529 First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (fundamental work in jurisprudence) issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I

1948 World Health Organization formed by the United Nations

1954 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a “domino-effect” of communism in Indo-China

1969 The Internet’s symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1

1999 The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas

Today’s Historical Events

30 Scholars’ estimate for Jesus’ crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem [or April 3]

451 Attila the Hun plunders Metz in Northeastern France

529 First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (fundamental work in jurisprudence) issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I

1118 Pope Gelasius II excommunicated by Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, forcing him to flee Rome and rule in exile

1348 Prague University, first university in central Europe, formed by Charles IV

1456 Louis van Burbon becomes prince-bishop of Luik

1498 Crowd storms Savonarola’s convent San Marco Florence, Italy

1509 France declares war on Venice

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1927 First long distance television transmission: An image of Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover sent from Washington, D.C. to NYC by AT&T

1954 WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

1964 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray’s musical “High Spirits”, based on Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 375 performances

1970 “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” film directed by Paul Newman and starring his wife Joanna Woodward, premieres in NYC

1970 42nd Academy Awards: “Midnight Cowboy” – Best Picture, John Wayne (True Grit), and Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jane Brody) win

1971 WCJB TV channel 20 in Gainesville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 3-judge US Circuit Court of Appeals

1986 WrestleMania II at 3 locations: Hulk Hogan beats King Kong Bundy; Mr. T beats Roddy Piper in a boxing match

1987 Al Campanis, Dodger executive for more than 40 years, resigns, after making racial remarks on “Nightline”

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1724 Johann Sebastian Bach‘s “St John Passion” premieres in Leipzig

1805 Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s “Eroica”, in Vienna, conducted by the composer

1824 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s “Missa Solemnis” in St. Petersburg, Russia

1949 “South Pacific” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances

1973 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing “Tu te reconnaitras” in Luxembourg

1981 “Street Songs” 5th studio album by Rick James is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1981)

1990 Farm Aid IV concert at Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana) features Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Garth Brooks, Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Lou Reed, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Willie NelsonIggy Pop, and others [1]

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1896 American athlete Robert Garrett wins the throwing double at the Athens Olympics by taking out the shot putt (11.22m); wins the discus the previous day

1896 Australian athlete Edwin Flack wins gold in the first Olympic 1500m final at inaugural modern Games in Athens; goes on to win 800m two days later

1928 44-year old NY Rangers GM Lester Patrick replaces his injured goaltender in a Stanley Cup game and beats Montreal Maroons, 2-1 in OT; Rangers go on to win series, 3-2

1940 7th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins the first of his 3 Masters titles, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Lloyd Mangrum

1943 NFL adopts free substitution rule; helmets made mandatory and 10-game schedule for all teams approved

1946 10th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: American Herman Keiser wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of tour money-leader Ben Hogan; first Masters in 4 years because of World War II

1951 105th Grand National: John Bullock wins aboard 40/1 shot Nickel Coin; of 36 runners, only 3 complete the course

1951 15th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Hogan wins the first of his 2 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Skee Riegel