December 7: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked?

December 7th celebrates International Civil Aviation Day and Cotton Candy Day.

We’ve made it to the 341st day of the year, the end is in sight! There are 24 days left until we reach the end of 2023.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes December 7th such a special day in history with these interesting facts and events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked? This surprise attack by the Japanese led the US to join World War II the following day.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 7th in history!

What Events Happened On December 7 In History?

2020 Coca-Cola was named the world’s largest plastic polluter by the charity “Break Free From Plastic.”

OTD in 2020: Coca-Cola was named the world's largest plastic polluter by the charity "Break Free From Plastic."

2014 A ban on diesel cars was called for in France.

In order to reduce pollution, the Mayor of Paris called for a ban on diesel cars in Paris by 2020, in addition to creating pedestrian-only neighborhoods.


1988 A 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia, killed 25,000-50,000 people and left up to 500,000 homeless.

1972 Apollo 17 launched the final manned lunar landing mission, during which the crew took the famous “blue marble” photo of the entire Earth.

1972 An assassination attempt was made on the First Lady of the Philippines.

Imelda Marcos, the First Lady, was presenting awards for a national beautification and cleanliness contest when she was attacked with a large knife. Her assailant was shot to death at the scene, and Marcos required 75 stitches on her wounded hands and arms.

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1941 Pearl Harbor was attacked.

OTD in 1941: Pearl Harbor was attacked.

The Imperial Japanese Navy used 353 planes to attack the US fleet at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor Naval Base. The attack killed 2,403 people.

1936 Jack Fingleton, an Australian cricketer, became the first batsman to score 100 runs in four consecutive test matches.

1909 Inventor Leo Baekeland patented the first thermosetting plastic, Bakelite, which sparked the birth of the plastics industry.

1877 Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph to the editors of “Scientific American.”

OTD in 1877: Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph to the editors of "Scientific American."

1787 Delaware became the first state to ratify the US constitution.

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1732 The Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden, London, England.

1703 The southern parts of Great Britain were struck by The Great Storm of 1703, which took the lives of 9,000 people.

1696 One of America’s oldest documented highways was completed on this day in Connecticut, USA.

Route 108 was known initially as Farm Highway and is the third oldest road in Connecticut.

574 AD Justin II of Byzantine adopted Tiberius, his general, and proclaimed him Caesar.

Justin II was suffering from fits of madness and adopted Tiberius in one of his last lucid moments.

Famous People Born On December 7

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Nicholas Hoult? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1985 Jon Moxley

American Wrestler

Jon Moxley
37 years old
Born In:
Ohio, USA

1956 Larry Bird

American Basketball Player

Larry Bird
66 years old
Born In:
Indiana, USA

1989 Nicholas Hoult

English Actor

Nicholas Hoult
33 years old
Born In:
England, UK
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1979 Sara Bareilles

American Singer

Sara Bareilles
43 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Special Holidays On December 7

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

December 7: International Civil Aviation Day

International Civil Aviation Day

It wasn’t too long ago that it took months of travel to cross from one side of the world to the other. So celebrate the wonder of civil aviation today by taking a moment to appreciate how convenient it is or by buying a plane ticket. We could all do with a vacation!

December 7: National Cotton Candy Day

National Cotton Candy Day

Nine out of ten dentists hate this day, but they only have themselves to blame since it was actually a dentist who invented cotton candy! If there were ever a time to gorge yourself silly on cotton candy, it would be today. Just remember to brush your teeth after!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black woman to receive an Oscar, but she had to accept it in the hotel backroom because of her race.

December 7 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on December 7th, your zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Though honesty is a critical trait in Sagittarians, sometimes this truth can be overbearing. So be careful what you ask because you will always get a truthful answer, even if the revelations leave scars.

The Blue Topaz birthstone is given to people born during the month of December. The icy-blue topaz provides special healing powers to those who wear it.

If you were lucky enough to be born on this day, you were likely conceived around March 16th, the same year.

A baby that is conceived on December 7th, 2023, will be due next year around August 30th.

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