What happened on April 7? There are more than 271 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 7

April 7 In HistoryApril 7 is the 98th day of the year 2020. There are 268 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 15th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Arcadia, Florida 34266 sunrise occured at 07:10 AM and sunset occured at 07:48 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 311 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For April 7

  • 529
    First draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
  • 1348
    Charles University is founded in Prague.
  • 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Cebu.
  • 1541
    Francis Xavier leaves Lisbon on a mission to the Portuguese East Indies.
  • 1724
    Premiere performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion BWV 245 at St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig.
  • 1767
    End of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
  • 1776
    Captain John Barry and the USS Lexington captures the Edward.
  • 1788
    American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory arrive at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, establishing Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory, and opening the westward expansion of the new country.
  • 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.
  • 1805
    Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.
  • 1827
    John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous 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.
  • 1831
    D. Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil, resigns. He goes to his native Portugal to become King D. Pedro IV.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Shiloh ends – the Union Army under General Ulysses S. Grant defeats the Confederates near Shiloh, Tennessee.
  • 1868
    Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and the only one of a federal politician.
  • 1890
    Completion of the first Lake Biwa Canal.
  • 1906
    Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
  • 1906
    The Algeciras Conference gives France and Spain control over Morocco.
  • 1908
    H. H. Asquith of the Liberal Party takes office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
  • 1922
    Teapot Dome scandal: United States Secretary of the Interior leases Teapot Dome petroleum reserves in Wyoming.
  • 1927
    First distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover).
  • 1933
    Prohibition is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment.
  • 1939
    World War II: Italy invades Albania.
  • 1940
    Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
  • 1943
    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.
  • 1943
    Ioannis Rallis becomes collaborationist Prime Minister of Greece during the WWII Axis Occupation.
  • 1945
    World War II: The 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: Visoko is liberated by the 7th, 9th, and 17th Krajina brigades from the Tenth division of Yugoslav Partisan forces.
  • 1946
    Syria’s independence from France is officially recognised.
  • 1948
    A Buddhist monastery burns in Shanghai, China, leaving twenty monks dead.
  • 1948
    The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations.
  • 1954
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his “domino theory” speech during a news conference.
  • 1956
    Spain relinquishes its protectorate in Morocco.
  • 1964
    IBM announces the System/360.
  • 1969
    The Internet’s symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon announces his decision to increase the rate of American troop withdrawals from Vietnam.
  • 1976
    Former British Cabinet Minister John Stonehouse resigns from the Labour Party.
  • 1977
    German Federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.
  • 1978
    Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter.
  • 1983
    During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first space shuttle spacewalk.
  • 1985
    Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declares a moratorium on the deployment of middle-range missiles in Europe.
  • 1989
    Soviet submarine Komsomolets sinks in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway killing 42 sailors.
  • 1990
    A fire breaks out on the passenger ferry M/S Scandinavian Star, killing 158 people.
  • 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).
  • 1992
    Republika Srpska announces its independence.
  • 1994
    Auburn Calloway attempts to hijack FedEx Express Flight 705 and crash it to insure his family with his life insurance policy. The crew subdues him and lands the aircraft safely.
  • 1994
    Rwandan Genocide: Massacres of Tutsis begin in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • 1995
    First Chechen War: Russian paramilitary troops begin a massacre of civilians in Samashki, Chechnya.
  • 1999
    The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
  • 2001
    Mars Odyssey is launched.
  • 2003
    U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein’s regime falls two days later.
  • 2009
    Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
  • 2009
    Mass protests begin across Moldova under the belief that results from the parliamentary election are fraudulent.

Who Were Born On April 7?

  • 1506
    Saint Francis Xavier, Spanish co-founder of the Society of Jesus (d. 1552)
  • 1539
    Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter (d. 1584)
  • 1613
    Gerhard Douw, Dutch painter (d. 1675)
  • 1644
    François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi, French soldier (d. 1730)
  • 1648
    John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (d. 1721)
  • 1652
    Pope Clement XII (d. 1740)
  • 1718
    Hugh Blair, Scottish preacher and man of letters (d. 1800)
  • 1727
    Michel Adanson, French botanist (d. 1806)
  • 1770
    William Wordsworth, English poet (d. 1850)
  • 1772
    Charles Fourier, French philosopher (d. 1837)
  • 1780
    William Ellery Channing, Unitarian theologian (d. 1842)
  • 1803
    Flora Tristan, French feminist and socialist philosopher (d. 1844)
  • 1803
    James Curtiss, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1859)
  • 1848
    Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1930)
  • 1853
    Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, son of Queen Victoria (d. 1884)
  • 1859
    Walter Camp, sports authority known as the “Father of American Football” (d. 1925)
  • 1860
    Will Keith Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (d. 1951)
  • 1867
    Holger Pedersen, Danish linguist (d. 1953)
  • 1870
    Gustav Landauer, German anarchist and revolutionary (d. 1919)
  • 1871
    Epifanio de los Santos, Filipino historian, scholar and lawyer (d. 1927)
  • 1873
    John McGraw, American baseball player and manager (d. 1934)
  • 1883
    Gino Severini, Italian painter (d. 1966)
  • 1886
    Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1889
    Gabriela Mistral, Chilean writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1957)
  • 1890
    Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist and writer (d. 1998)
  • 1890
    Paul Berth, Danish amateur football player (d. 1969)
  • 1891
    Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (d. 1958)
  • 1893
    Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (d. 1969)
  • 1895
    Margarete Schön, German actress (d. 1985)
  • 1897
    Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I (d. 1918)
  • 1897
    Walter Winchell, American broadcaster and journalist (d. 1972)
  • 1899
    Robert Casadesus, French pianist (d. 1972)
  • 1903
    Edwin T. Layton, American Naval officer (d. 1984)
  • 1908
    Percy Faith, Canadian composer and musician (d. 1976)
  • 1909
    Robert Charroux, French writer (d. 1978)
  • 1911
    Hervé Bazin, French writer (d. 1996)
  • 1913
    Charles Vanik, American politician (d. 2007)
  • 1914
    Ralph Flanagan, American big band leader (d. 1995)
  • 1915
    Billie Holiday, American singer (d. 1959)
  • 1915
    Henry Kuttner, American writer (d. 1958)
  • 1915
    Stanley Adams, American actor (d. 1977)
  • 1916
    Anthony Caruso, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1917
    R. G. Armstrong, American actor
  • 1918
    Bobby Doerr, American baseball player
  • 1919
    Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer
  • 1919
    Roger Lemelin, Quebec novelist and television writer (d. 1992)
  • 1920
    Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar player
  • 1922
    Mongo Santamaria, Cuban musician (d. 2003)
  • 1924
    Johannes Mario Simmel, Austrian writer (d. 2009)
  • 1927
    Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (d. 2003)
  • 1928
    Alan J. Pakula, American film producer and director (d. 1998)
  • 1928
    James Garner, American actor
  • 1928
    James White, Northern Irish science fiction writer (d. 1999)
  • 1929
    Bob Denard, French mercenary (d. 2007)
  • 1929
    Joe Gallo, American gangster (d. 1972)
  • 1930
    Andrew Sachs, English actor
  • 1931
    Daniel Ellsberg, American military analyst
  • 1931
    Donald Barthelme, American author (d. 1989)
  • 1933
    Wayne Rogers, American actor
  • 1934
    Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (d. 2007)
  • 1935
    Bobby Bare, American musician
  • 1935
    Hodding Carter III, American journalist and politician
  • 1936
    Jean-Pierre Changeux, French neuroscientist
  • 1938
    Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpeter (d. 2008)
  • 1938
    Jerry Brown, American politician
  • 1938
    Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) (d. 2005)
  • 1939
    Francis Ford Coppola, American film director
  • 1939
    Sir David Frost, English broadcaster and TV host
  • 1941
    Cornelia Frances, Australian actress
  • 1941
    Gorden Kaye, British actor
  • 1941
    James Di Pasquale, American composer
  • 1942
    Jeetendra, Indian actor
  • 1942
    Nam Gi-nam, South Korean director of movies
  • 1944
    Bill Stoneman, American baseball player and manager
  • 1944
    Gerhard Schröder, German politician
  • 1944
    Julia Phillips, American film producer and writer (d. 2002)
  • 1945
    Joël Robuchon, French chef
  • 1945
    Martyn Lewis, British newsreader
  • 1945
    Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter, and writer
  • 1945
    Werner Schroeter, German film director
  • 1946
    Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • 1946
    Stan Winston, American special effects artist, makeup artist, and film director (d. 2008)
  • 1946
    Zaid Abdul-Aziz, American basketball player
  • 1947
    Eliseo Soriano, Philippine evangelist
  • 1947
    Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • 1947
    Patricia Bennett, American singer (The Chiffons)
  • 1948
    Carol Douglas, American singer
  • 1949
    John Oates, American rock guitarist and lyricst (Hall & Oates)
  • 1949
    Mitch Daniels, American politician, governor of Indiana
  • 1950
    Brian J. Doyle, former Deputy Press Secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • 1951
    Janis Ian, American singer and songwriter
  • 1952
    Clarke Peters, American actor
  • 1954
    Jackie Chan, Chinese actor, director, producer, and martial artist
  • 1954
    Tony Dorsett, American football player
  • 1955
    Gregg Jarrett, American lawyer and television news journalist
  • 1955
    Werner Stocker, German actor (d. 1993)
  • 1956
    Annika Billström, Swedish politician
  • 1956
    Christopher Darden, prosecutor in O. J. Simpson murder case
  • 1957
    Kim Kap-su, South Korean actor
  • 1960
    Buster Douglas, American boxer
  • 1961
    Pascal Olmeta, French footballer
  • 1961
    Thurl Bailey, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Andrew “Andy” Hampsten, American cyclist
  • 1962
    Hugh O'Connor, American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1962
    Ram Gopal Varma, Indian film director & producer
  • 1963
    Jaime de Marichalar, Duke of Lugo, Spanish royalty
  • 1963
    Paul Michael Robinson, American actor and erotic actor
  • 1964
    Jace Alexander, American television director
  • 1964
    Russell Crowe, Australian actor
  • 1964
    Steve Graves, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965
    Alison Lapper, British artist
  • 1965
    Bill Bellamy, American actor and comedian
  • 1966
    Gary Wilkinson, English snooker player
  • 1967
    Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • 1968
    Duncan Armstrong, Australian swimmer
  • 1968
    Jennifer Lynch, American director
  • 1969
    Ricky Watters, American football player
  • 1970
    Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian pianist
  • 1971
    Guillaume Depardieu, French actor (d. 2008)
  • 1971
    Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, American actress
  • 1971
    Victor Kraatz, Canadian figure skater
  • 1973
    Ève Salvail, Canadian model
  • 1973
    Brett Tomko, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Carole Montillet, French skier
  • 1975
    Karin Dreijer Andersson, Swedish singer
  • 1975
    Ronde Barber, American football player
  • 1975
    Ronnie Belliard, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Tiki Barber, American football player
  • 1976
    Kevin Alejandro, American actor
  • 1977
    Silvana Arias, Peruvian actress
  • 1979
    Adrián Beltré, Dominican baseball player
  • 1979
    Danny Sandoval, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1979
    Pascal Dupuis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Patrick Crayton, American football player
  • 1980
    Dragan Bogavac, Montenegrin footballer
  • 1981
    Suzann Pettersen, Norwegian golfer
  • 1982
    Sonjay Dutt, American professional wrestler
  • 1983
    Franck Ribéry, French footballer
  • 1983
    Jon Stead, British footballer
  • 1986
    Brooke Brodack, American internet celebrity
  • 1988
    Antonio Piccolo, Italian footballer
  • 1988
    Edward Speleers, British model and actor
  • 1989
    Alexa Demara, American model
  • 1989
    Franco Di Santo, Argentine footballer
  • 1990
    Trent Cotchin, Australian footballer
  • 1992
    Alexis Jordan, American singer

Who Died On April 7?

  • 1498
    King Charles VIII of France (b. 1470)
  • 1614
    El Greco, Greek-born artist (b. 1541)
  • 1638
    Shimazu Tadatsune, Japanese ruler of Satsuma (b. 1576)
  • 1651
    Lennart Torstenson, Swedish soldier and engineer (b. 1603)
  • 1658
    Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, Spanish mystic (b. 1595)
  • 1661
    Sir William Brereton, 1st Baronet, English soldier and politician (b. 1604)
  • 1663
    Francis Cooke, Mayflower pilgrim (b. c.1583)
  • 1668
    William Davenant, English poet (b. 1606)
  • 1719
    Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, French saint (b. 1651)
  • 1739
    Dick Turpin, English highwayman (b. 1705)
  • 1747
    Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian field marshal (b. 1676)
  • 1766
    Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch philologist and critic (b. 1685)
  • 1767
    Franz Sparry, Austrian composer (b. 1715)
  • 1782
    Taksin, King of Thailand (b. 1734)
  • 1789
    Abdul Hamid I, Ottoman sultan (b. 1725)
  • 1789
    Petrus Camper, Dutch anatomist (b. 1722)
  • 1801
    Noël François de Wailly, French lexicographer (b. 1724)
  • 1804
    Toussaint Louverture, Haitian Revolutionary (b. 1743)
  • 1811
    Garsevan Chavchavadze, Georgian diplomat and politician (b. 1757)
  • 1823
    Jacques Charles, French chemist (b. 1746)
  • 1833
    Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish politician (b. 1775)
  • 1836
    William Godwin, English political writer (b. 1756)
  • 1850
    William Lisle Bowles, English poet and critic (b. 1762)
  • 1858
    Anton Diabelli, Austrian music publisher, editor, and composer (b. 1781)
  • 1868
    Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Canadian journalist and Father of Confederation (b. 1825)
  • 1871
    Alexander Loyd, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
  • 1871
    Prince Alexander John of Wales (b. 1871)
  • 1885
    Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (b. 1804)
  • 1891
    P. T. Barnum, American circus impresario (b. 1810)
  • 1920
    Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • 1928
    Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher (b. 1873)
  • 1939
    Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)
  • 1943
    Alexandre Millerand, President of France (b. 1859)
  • 1943
    Jovan Dučić, Serbian poet (b. 1871)
  • 1947
    Henry Ford, American automobile manufacturer and industrialist (b. 1863)
  • 1950
    Walter Huston, Canadian-born actor (b. 1884)
  • 1955
    Theda Bara, American film actress (b. 1885)
  • 1960
    Henri Guisan, General of the Swiss Army during World War II (b. 1874)
  • 1968
    Jim Clark, OBE, Scottish race car driver and two-time F1 world champion (b. 1936)
  • 1972
    Abeid Karume, first president of Zanzibar (b. 1905)
  • 1972
    Joe Gallo, American gangster (b. 1929)
  • 1981
    Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • 1981
    Norman Taurog, American film director (b. 1899)
  • 1982
    Brenda Benet, American actress (b. 1945)
  • 1982
    Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)
  • 1984
    Frank Church, U.S. Senator from Idaho (b. 1924)
  • 1985
    Carl Schmitt, German philosopher and political theorist (b. 1888)
  • 1990
    Ronald Evans, American astronaut (b. 1933)
  • 1992
    Ace Bailey, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Antonis Tritsis, Greek politician (b. 1937)
  • 1994
    Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Prime Minister of Rwanda (b. 1953)
  • 1994
    Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (b. 1923)
  • 1994
    Golo Mann, German historian (b. 1909)
  • 1997
    Georgi Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  • 1997
    Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player (b. 1923)
  • 1997
    Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer (Godzilla series) (b. 1910)
  • 2000
    Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer (b. 1944)
  • 2001
    Beatrice Straight, American actress (b. 1914)
  • 2001
    David Graf, American actor (b. 1950)
  • 2002
    John Agar, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • 2003
    David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)
  • 2004
    Konstantinos Kallias, Greek politician (b. 1901)
  • 2004
    Victor Argo, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 2005
    Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Barry Nelson, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Mark Speight, English television presenter (b. 1965)
  • 2009
    Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • 2010
    Jean-Paul Proust, French-born Minister of State of Monaco (b. 1940)

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