Famous birthdays, deaths and events of December 7
1302 - Azzone Visconti lord of Milan, (d. 1339) 1545 - Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley 1637 - Bernardo Pasquini, Italian composer (d. 1710) 1670 - John Aislabie, English director of the South Sea Company (d. 1742) 1724 - Louise of Great Britain, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1751) 1764 - Claude Victor-Perrin, duc de Belluno 1784 - Allan Cunningham, British poet (d. 1842) 1803 - Maria Josepha of Saxony, queen consort of Spain (d. 1829) 1810 - Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist (d. 1894) 1810 - Theodor Schwann, German physiologist (d. 1882) 1847 - George Grossmith, British actor and writer (d. 1912) 1862 - Paul Adam, French novelist (d. 1920) 1863 - Felix Calonder, Swiss politican (d. 1952) 1863 - Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (d. 1945) 1873 - Willa Cather, American novelist (d. 1947) 1879 - Rudolf Friml, American composer (d. 1972) 1887 - Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (d. 1964) 1888 - Joyce Cary, Irish author (d. 1957) 1891 - Fay Bainter, Academy Award-winning American actress (d. 1968) 1904 - Konstantin Sokolsky, Russian singer (d. 1991) 1910 - Louis Prima, American musician (d. 1978) 1910 - Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian musician 1912 - Daniel Jones, British composer (d. 1993) 1915 - Eli Wallach, American actor 1916 - Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (d. 1988) 1920 - Fiorenzo Magni, Italian cyclist 1920 - Tatamkulu Afrika, South African poet and writer (d. 2002) 1923 - Ted Knight, American actor (d. 1986) 1924 - John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver (d. 2005) 1925 - Hernando da Silva Ramos, Brazilian racing driver 1927 - Helen Watts, British contralto 1928 - Noam Chomsky, American linguist and political writer 1930 - Hal Smith, American baseball player 1932 - Ellen Burstyn, American actress 1940 - Stan Boardman, English comedian 1940 - Gerry Cheevers, Canadian ice hockey player 1942 - Harry Chapin, American singer and songwriter (d. 1981) 1942 - Alex Johnson, American baseball player 1942 - Peter Tomarken, American game show host (d. 2006) 1944 - Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker 1944 - Daniel Chorzempa, American organist 1945 - Marion Rung, Finnish singer 1947 - Johnny Bench, American baseball player 1947 - Tony Thomas, American TV and film producer 1947 - Garry Unger, Canadian ice hockey player 1948 - Gary Morris, American singer and actor 1948 - Mads Vinding, Danish bassist 1949 - Tom Waits, American singer 1952 - Georges Corraface, Greek actor 1954 - Mark Hofmann, American forger and bomber 1954 - Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz) 1955 - Priscilla Barnes, American actress 1956 - Larry Bird, American basketball player 1958 - Tim Butler, English musician (Psychedelic Furs) 1958 - Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (d. 1999) 1961 - Lisa Fischer, American R&B singer 1960 - Craig Scanlon, English guitarist (The Fall) 1962 - Grecia Colmenares, Venezuelan actress 1963 - Theo Snelders, former Dutch footballer 1964 - Roberta Close, Brazilian model 1964 - Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver 1965 - Colin Hendry, Scottish footballer 1965 - Jeffrey Wright, American actor 1966 - C. Thomas Howell, American actor 1966 - Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer 1967 - Tino Martinez, American baseball player 1968 - Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer 1970 - Carmen Campuzano, Mexican actress and fashion model 1971 - Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player 1971 - Chasey Lain, American pornographic actress 1972 - Hermann Maier, Austrian skier 1972 - Tammy Lynn Sytch, American professional wrestler 1973 - Terrell Owens, American football player 1973 - Fabien Pelous, French international rugby player 1973 - Damien Rice, Irish musician 1974 - Nicole Appleton, Canadian-born singer 1975 - Jamie Clapham, English footballer 1976 - Alan Faneca, American football player 1976 - Brent Johnson, Canadian football player 1976 - Georges Laraque, Canadian ice hockey player 1976 - Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model 1977 - Dominic Howard, English drummer (Muse) 1977 - Eric Chavez, American baseball player 1978 - Shiri Appleby, American actress 1978 - Frankie J, Mexican-born American singer 1978 - Chad Dukes, Radio Personality 1979 - Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress 1979 - Derek Ramsay, Filipino actor and model 1979 - Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer 1979 - Sara Bareilles, American singer 1979 - Jennifer Carpenter, American actress 1980 - John Terry, English footballer 1983 - Fausto Carmona, Dominican baseball player 1984 - Robert Kubica, the first Polish Formula One racing driver 1984 - Aaron Gray, American basketball player 1984 - Luca Rigoni, Italian footballer 1984 - Kalen Chase, American musician The Changing 1987 - Aaron Carter, American singer and actor 1987 - Baran Kosari, Iranian actress 1988 - Emily Browning, Australian actress 1988 - Asia Ray Smith, American actress 1989 - Nicholas Hoult, English actor 1990 - Urszula Radwañska, Polish tennis player
1498 - Alexander Hegius von Heek, German humanist 1562 - Adrian Willaert, Flemish composer 1649 - Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1606) 1672 - Richard Bellingham, English-born Massachusetts colonial magistrate (b. 1592) 1683 - John Oldham, English poet (smallpox) (b. 1653) 1842 - Thomas Hamilton, Scottish writer (b. 1789) 1913 - Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano, Italian Catholic churchman and last surviving cardinal of Pius IX (b. 1828) 1917 - Léon Minkus, German/Czech Composer and violinist (b. March 23 1946 - Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871) 1947 - Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist (b. 1866) 1956 - Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor (b. 1887) 1960 - Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895) 1969 - Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897) 1969 - Eric Portman, English actor (b. 1903) 1975 - Thornton Wilder, American playwright (b. 1897) 1980 - Darby Crash, American punk-rock musician (b. 1958) 1983 - Fanny Cano, Mexican actress (b. 1944) 1984 - Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938) 1985 - Robert Graves, British author (b. 1895) 1985 - Potter Stewart, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1915) 1989 - William Calhoun, professional wrestler (b. 1934) 1990 - Joan Bennett, American actress (b. 1910) 1990 - Jean Duceppe, Quebec stage 1991 - Michael Taylor, Male Model (b. 1913) 1994 - J.C. Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1939) 1997 - Billy Bremner, Scottish former footballer (b. 1942) 1998 - John Addison, British composer (b. 1920) 2003 - Carl F. H. Henry American theologian and publisher, (b. 1913) 2003 - Azie Taylor Morton, Treasurer of the United States (b. 1936) 2004 - Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913) 2005 - Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892) 2006 - Jay McShann, American musician (b. 1910) 2011 - Harry Morgan, American actor (b. 1915)
1696 - Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull. 1724 - Tumult of Thorn 1732 - The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London. 1776 - Marquis de Lafayette attempts to enter the American military as a major general. 1787 - Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the US Constitution. 1900 - Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body emission. 1917 - World War I: The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary. 1930 - W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts broadcasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The broadcast also includes the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show. 1940 - The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew 1941 - World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor 1941 - Holocaust (Shoah): Extermination of Jewish people at the death camp of Chelmno begins. 1946 - A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia kills 119 people, the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. 1949 - Chinese Civil War: The government of Republic of China moves from Nanking to Taipei. 1963 - Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game. 1966 - A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people. 1970 - The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise is held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats. 1971 - Pakistan President Yahya Khan announces formation of a Coalition Government at Centre with Nurul Amin as Prime Minister and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as Vice-Prime Minister. 1972 - Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew takes the photograph known as "The Blue Marble" as they leave the Earth. 1975 - Indonesia invades East Timor. 1982 - In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States. 1983 - An Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 collides with an Aviaco DC-9 in dense fog while the two airliners are taxiing down the runway at Madrid Barajas International Airport, killing 93 people. 1987 - Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashes near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shoots his ex-boss traveling on the flight, then shoots both pilots and himself. 1988 - Spitak Earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale kills nearly 25,000, injures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless. 1988 - Yasser Arafat recognizes the right of Israel to exist. 1993 - The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York. 1995 - The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34. 1999 - The RIAA files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client, on charges of copyright infringement. 2003 - The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. 2005 - Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport. 2006 - A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging around 150 properties. 2007 - The Hebei Spirit oil spill began in South Korea after a crane barge being towed by tug collided with the very large crude carrier, Hebei Spirit.