On This Day In History, 7 December


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World Events Today

  • Apollo 17, the last mission of the NASA Apollo program, launched today in 1972
  • Charles Brookes Junior, was the first person in the United States to be executed by lethal injection today in 1982
  • Same sex marriage was legalised in Australia today in 2017

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden opened today in 1732, the opening production was William Congreve’s, “The Way of the World”
  • Star Trek The Motion Picture, the first of the Star Trek movies, was released today in 1979
  • Ocean’s Eleven, a remake of the 1960’s movie of the same name, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, was released today in 2001

Family Events Today

  • The Roman statesman, orator, lawyer and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero died today in 43 BD, his assassination was ordered by Mark Anthony
  • Vice-Admiral William Bligh, who was in command when the Mutiny on the Bounty occurred, died today in 1817 aged 63
  • The first Polish driver to compete in Formula One, Robert Kubica, was born today in 1984 in Krakow

Main Event Today

  • The Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the US fleet at Pearl Harbor today in 1941, sinking 4 battleships and killing over 2,000 people, the following day the United States declared war on Japan

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Cotton Candy Day

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