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On this day in history - November 7

What Happened On This Day – November 7

  • 1987 Coup in Tunisia

    In a bloodless coup in Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali took over the Presidentship of Tunisia from President Habib Bourguiba.

  • 1947 Coup in Thailand

    The military staged a coup against Thawan Thamrong Nawasawat and installed Khuang Aphaiwong as Prime Minister.

  • 1917 October Revolution

    The Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, took over the winter palace and ended the rule of the post-Tsarist provisional government and transferred all powers to the communists in Russia

  • 1916 First woman to be elected to US Congress

    Jeannette Rankin from Montana became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • 1869 First inter-city cycle race

    The first city to city cycle race was held between Paris and Rouen. James Moore, an Englishman living in Paris at that time won the race.

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Births On This Day,
November 7

  • 1952 David Petraeus

    American military officer, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

  • 1943 Joni Mitchell

    Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1913 Albert Camus

    French author, journalist, philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1888 C. V. Raman

    Indian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1867 Marie Curie

    Polish chemist, physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

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Deaths On This Day,
November 7

  • 2011 Joe Frazier

    American boxer

  • 1980 Steve McQueen

    American actor

  • 1962 Eleanor Roosevelt

    American politician, humanitarian, 34th First Lady of the United States

  • 1913 Alfred Russel Wallace

    Welsh/English geographer, biologist, explorer

  • 644 Umar

    Islamic caliph