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On this day in history - March 7

What Happened On This Day – March 7

  • 1971 A speech by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman helps spark the Bangladesh war of independence

    Bangladesh's founding leader made his historical speech at a time of mounting tensions between East Pakistan, which later became Bangladesh, and West Pakistan, which became present-day Pakistan.

  • 1965 Police brutally attack civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama

    Scores of demonstrators were injured, and the day entered history books as Bloody Sunday. The event helped to shift public opinion in favor of the Civil Rights movement.

  • 1945 U.S. troops capture the Ludendorff Bridge and cross the Rhine at Remagen

    The legendary capture yielded little strategic advantage but it elevated the morale of the U.S. troops in pursuit of retreating German fighters,

  • 1926 The first two-way transatlantic telephone takes place

    The conversation between the post office in London and Bell Laboratories in New York was established using a short-wave radio signal.

  • 1900 The SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore

    The German transatlantic liner was fitted with wireless communication by its owner, Norddeutscher Lloyd, in order to outdo its rival Hamburg America Line.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
March 7

  • 1970 Rachel Weisz

    English actress

  • 1960 Ivan Lendl

    Czech tennis player

  • 1944 Townes Van Zandt

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1902 Heinz Rühmann

    German actor

  • 1875 Maurice Ravel

    French composer

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Deaths On This Day,
March 7

  • 2006 Ali Farka Touré

    Malian singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1999 Stanley Kubrick

    American director

  • 1975 Mikhail Bakhtin

    Russian philosopher

  • 1952 Paramahansa Yogananda

    Indian guru

  • 1274 Saint Thomas Aquinas

    Italian priest, philosopher