What Happened On This Day – April 7
1990 An arson attack on the passenger ferry, Scandinavian Star, kills 159
Insurance fraud is today considered the most likely motive for the attack. According to a 2013 report, 9 crew members started the fire and sabotaged the fire crew's attempts to extinguish the blaze.
1969 The internet is born
The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) awarded a contract to build a precursor of today's world wide web to BBN Technologies. The date is widely considered as the internet's symbolic birthday.
1948 The World Health Organization is established
The WHO is a United Nations agency concerned with fighting disease and epidemics worldwide, building up national health services, and improving health education in its 194 member states.
1827 The first friction match is sold
English chemist John Walker produced and sold the first operable matches. They were soon banned in France and Germany because burning fragments would sometimes fall to the floor and start fires.
1724 Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion is premiered
The sacred oratorio is the oldest extant Passion by the German composer. The highly popular work is a dramatization of the final days of Jesus Christ, according to the Gospel of John.
Births On This Day,
1964 Russell Crowe
New Zealand/Australian actor, singer, producer
1954 Jackie Chan
Chinese actor, martial artist, director, producer, screenwriter
1939 Francis Ford Coppola
American director, producer, screenwriter
1920 Ravi Shankar
Indian/American sitar player, composer
1915 Billie Holiday
American singer-songwriter, actress
Deaths On This Day,
1947 Henry Ford
American businessman, founded the Ford Motor Company
1891 P. T. Barnum
American businessman, founded Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus
1804 Toussaint Louverture
1614 El Greco
Greek painter, sculptor