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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for April 7th

  • Year 451 » Attila or Attila the Hun sacks the town of Metz and attacks other cities in Gaul.
  • Year 529 » First draft of the 'Corpus Juris Civilis' (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
  • Year 611 » Maya king Scroll Serpent named Uneh Chan of Calakmul sacks rival city-state Palenque in southern Mexico.
  • Year 1348 » Charles University in Prague or Charles University is founded in Prague.
  • Year 1521 » Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Cebu (island) known as Cebu.
  • Year 1541 » Francis Xavier leaves Lisbon on a mission to the Portugal named Portuguese East Indies.
  • Year 1767 » End of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
  • Year 1776 » John Barry (naval officer) Captain John Barry and the USS Lexington 1776 6 captures the 'Edward'.
  • Year 1788 » American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory arrive at the confluence of the Ohio River known as Ohio and Muskingum River known as Muskingum rivers, establishing Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the No
  • Year 1798 » The Mississippi Territory is organized from disputed territory claimed by both the United States and Spain. It is expanded in 1804 and again in 1812.
  • Year 1805 » Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.
  • Year 1827 » John Walker (inventor) John Walker, an English people English pharmacist chemist, sells the first match friction match that he had invented the previous year.
  • Year 1829 » Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, commences translation of the Book of Mormon, with Oliver Cowdery as his scribe.
  • Year 1831 » D. Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil, resigns. He goes to his native Portugal to become King D. Pedro IV.
  • Year 1862 » American Civil War: Battle of Shiloh ends the Union Army under General Ulysses S. Grant defeats the Confederate States of America named Confederates near Shiloh National Military Park known as Shiloh, Tennessee.
  • Year 1890 » Completion of the first Lake Biwa Canal.
  • Year 1906 » Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
  • Year 1906 » The Algeciras Conference gives France and Spain control over Morocco.
  • Year 1908 » H. H. Asquith of the Liberal Party (UK) or Liberal Party takes office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
  • Year 1922 » Teapot Dome scandal: United States Secretary of the Interior leases Teapot Dome petroleum reserves in Wyoming.
  • Year 1927 » First long-distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover).
  • Year 1933 » Prohibition in the United States is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution called XXI amendment.
  • Year 1939 » World War II: Italy invades Albania.
  • Year 1940 » Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
  • Year 1943 » The Holocaust called Holocaust: In Terebovlia, Ukraine, Germans order 1,100 Jews to undress to their underwear and march through the city of Terebovlia to the nearby village of Plebanivka where they are shot dead and buried in ditches.
  • Year 1943 » Ioannis Rallis becomes collaborationist Prime Minister of Greece during the Axis occupation of Greece known as Axis Occupation.
  • Year 1945 » World War II: Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina named Visoko is liberated by the 7th, 9th, and 17th Krajina brigades from the Tenth division of Yugoslav Partisan forces.
  • Year 1945 » World War II: The Japanese battleship Yamato called Japanese battleship 'Yamato', the largest battleship ever constructed, is sunk by American planes 200 miles north of Okinawa while en route to a suicide mission in Operation Ten-Go.
  • Year 1948 » The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations.
  • Year 1948 » A Buddhism or Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead.
  • Year 1954 » President of the United States called President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference.
  • Year 1955 » Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.
  • Year 1956 » Spain relinquishes its Spanish Morocco called protectorate in Morocco.
  • Year 1964 » International Business Machines e.g IBM announces the IBM System/360 called System/360.
  • Year 1967 » Film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the 'Chicago Sun-Times'.
  • Year 1971 » President Richard Milhous Nixon named Richard Nixon announces his decision to increase the rate of American troop withdrawals from Vietnam.
  • Year 1976 » Former British Cabinet Minister John Stonehouse resigns from the Labour Party (UK) named Labour Party.
  • Year 1977 » Germany called German Federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.
  • Year 1978 » Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter.
  • Year 1980 » The United States severs relations with the Iran called Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Year 1983 » During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Donald H. Peterson known as Don Peterson perform the first space shuttle spacewalk.
  • Year 1985 » Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declares a moratorium on the deployment of middle-range missiles in Europe.
  • Year 1989 » Soviet submarine K-278 Komsomolets called Soviet submarine Komsomolets sinks in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway killing 42 sailors.
  • Year 1990 » Iran Contra Affair: John Poindexter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scandal (the conviction is later reversed on appeal).
  • Year 1990 » A fire breaks out on the passenger ferry M/S Scandinavian Star known as M/S 'Scandinavian Star', killing 158 people.
  • Year 1992 » Republika Srpska announces its independence.
  • Year 1994 » Auburn Calloway attempts to Aircraft hijacking known as hijack FedEx Express Flight 705 and crash it to allow his family to benefit from his life insurance policy. The crew subdues him and lands the aircraft safely.
  • Year 1994 » Rwandan Genocide: Massacres of Tutsis begin in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Year 1995 » First Chechen War: Russian paramilitary troops begin a Samashki massacre e.g massacre of civilians in Samashki, Chechnya.
  • Year 1999 » The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
  • Year 2001 » Mars Odyssey is launched.
  • Year 2009 » Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
  • Year 2009 » 2009 Moldova civil unrest known as Mass protests begin across Moldova under the belief that results from the Moldovan parliamentary election, April 2009 known as parliamentary election are fraudulent.

World History for the Month of April