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On this day in history - December 7

What Happened On This Day – December 7

  • 2004 Hamid Karzai takes office

    The Afghan politician took office as the President of the Islamic Republic in Afghanistan's first direct democratic elections in history.

  • 1982 December Murders in Suriname

    Fifteen prominent Surinamese men were kidnapped and subsequently murdered over 3 days by the military government. The men were known to have criticized the military dictatorship.

  • 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor

    The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack was the impetus for the U.S.'s entry into World War II.

  • 1787 First state to ratify the U.S. Constitution

    Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Because of this, it is sometimes called the First State.

  • 1732 Royal Opera House opens its doors

    The popular performing arts venue in Covent Garden, London houses the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
December 7

  • 1984 Robert Kubica

    Polish race car driver

  • 1980 John Terry

    English footballer

  • 1956 Larry Bird

    American basketball player

  • 1949 Tom Waits

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor

  • 1928 Noam Chomsky

    American linguist, philosopher

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
December 7

  • 1993 Félix Houphouët-Boigny

    Ivorian politician, 1st President of Côte d'Ivoire

  • 1985 Robert Graves

    English author

  • 1917 Ludwig Minkus

    Austrian violinist, composer

  • 1817 William Bligh

    English Admiral, statesmen, 4th Governor of New South Wales

  • 983 Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor