What Happened On This Day – September 7
2011 Independence of South Sudan
South Sudan became an independent country after a referendum that passed with over 98% of votes.
1978 Georgi Markov is murdered
The Bulgarian writer and dissenter had left Bulgaria in 1969 and was working at BBC in London during the time of his murder. His murder, which is popularly known as the Umbrella Murder took place while he was crossing the Waterloo Bridge in London. The assassin, nicknamed Piccadilly, used a modified umbrella to shot a pellet full of ricin in Markov’s leg. Markov died 4 days later, on September 11 of ricin poisoning.
1977 Treaty giving the Panama Canal to Panama is Signed
The Torrijos–Carter Treaties were two treaties signed between the heads of state of the US and Panama. The treaties gave control of the canal that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean to Panama. The canal was constructed by, and had been in the control of, the United States since 1904.
1940 Germans Begin the Blitz over London
The Germans began strategically bombing the United Kingdom and London on this day. For 57 days, the German Luftwaffe aerially bombed London, killing over 20,000 people and destroying over a million homes in the city. The strategy lasted until May 1941 but did not succeed in breaking British resolve. By 1941, German attention was diverted to the Soviet Union.
1936 The Tasmanian Tiger Becomes Extinct
The last surviving Tasmanian Tiger – a carnivorous marsupial, died in captivity at the Hobart Zoo, Tasmania, Australia. Called Benjamin, the thylacine, as the species was called, is believed to have died due to neglect. Thylacines were natives of Australia and New Guinea and went extinct due to over hunting and the introduction of invasive species like dingos.
Births On This Day – September 7
1984 Vera Zvonareva
Russian tennis player
1940 Abdurrahman Wahid
Indonesian politician, 4th President of Indonesia
1909 Elia Kazan
Greek/American actor, director, producer, writer
1908 Paul Brown
American football coach, executive
1533 Elizabeth I of England
Deaths On This Day – September 7
2011 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster
Victims of the
1997 Mobutu Sese Seko
Congolese politician, President of Zaire
1984 Don Tallon
1978 Keith Moon
English drummer, songwriter, producer
1566 Suleiman the Magnificent