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This Day in History - March 7

March 7

322 BC – Greek philosopher Aristotle dies

161 – Marcus Aurelius becomes emperor of Rome as Emperor Antoninus Pius dies

1274 – Italian priest and philosopher Saint Thomas Aquinas dies

1530 – King Henry VIII’s divorce request is denied by the Pope, and Henry declares himself the supreme head of England’s church

1707 – Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Stephen Hopkins, is born

1774 – The British close the port of Boston to all commerce

1777 – Continental Congressman John Adams writes three letters to his wife, Abigail and receives two in return

1799 – In Palestine, Napoleon captures Jaffa and his men murder over 2,000 Albanian prisoners

1809 – Aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard dies

1838 – Soprano Jenny Lind, “the Swedish Nightingale” makes her debut

1847 – US General Winfield Scott occupies Vera Cruz, Mexico

1849 – The Austrian Reichstag is dissolved

1850 – Daniel Webster gives a speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850

1862 – Confederate forces surprise the Union army at the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas, but the Union defeats them

1872 – Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian is born

1875 – Composer Maurice Ravel is born

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted the patent for the telephone

1885 – The Kansas legislature passes a law barring Texas cattle from the state during a specific time period, as Kansas was trying to attract investment capital and the Texas cattle drives were a nuisance to the state’s elite

1887 – Educator Helen Parkhurst is born

1900 – The SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore

1902 – German actor Heinz Ruhmann is born

1904 – German SS leader Reinhard Heydrich is born

1904 – The Japanese bomb the Russian town of Vladivostok

1906 – Finland becomes the third country to grant suffrage rights to women, barring those who are supported by the state

1907 – Norwegian poet Rolf Jacobsen is born

1908 – Italian actress Anna Magnani is born

1912 – French aviator, Heri Seimet, flies non-stop from London to Paris in three hours

1912 – Roald Amundsen announces his discovery of the South Pole

1917 – Russian February Revolution begins with a strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd

1918 – Finland signs an allegiance treaty with Germany

1923 – Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening,” is published

1925 – The Soviet Red Army occupies Outer Mongolia

1927 – A Texas law banning blacks from voting is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court

1933 – Monopoly, the board game, is invented

1935 – Malcolm Campbell sets the new auto speed record of 276.8 mph

1936 – Adolf Hitler sends German troops into Rhineland, violating the Locarno Pact from the Treaty of Versailles

1938 – The first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500, Janet Guthrie, is born

1941 – British troops arrive in Greece

1942 – Japanese troops land in New Guinea

1944 – Singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Townes Van Zandt is born

1945 – US troops capture the Ludendorff Bridge

1950 – The Soviet Union denies Klaus Fuchs served as its spy, one week after Fuchs was sentenced to 14 years in prison

1951 – UN forces in Korea launch Operation Ripper

1952 – Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda dies

1960 – Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl is born

1965 – Demonstrators marching from Selma, Alabama peacefully, are attacked by police with billy clubs and tear gas in an event known as “Bloody Sunday.”

1966 – US Air Force and Navy planes launch the heaviest air raids of the Vietnam War

1967 – The largest South Korean operation to date begins

1968 – The Battle of Saigon begins as the Tet Offensive ends

1970 – Actress Rachel Weisz is born

1971 – A thousand US planes bomb Cambodia and Laos

1971 – A speech given by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman helps spark the Bangladesh war of independence

1972 – US jets and five North Vietnamese MiGs engage in aerial combat, the US shooting down one of the MiGs just north of the Demilitarized Zone

1973 – Sheikh Mujib Rahman, first prime minister of Bangladesh, wins in the country’s first general elections

1974 – Pearl Bailey and President Richard Nixon perform for a White House audience, singing and playing the piano

1975 – Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin dies

1977 – President Jimmy Carter meets with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

1979 – Voyager 1 reaches Jupiter

1987 – Mike Tyson defeats James “Bonecrusher” Smith, making Tyson the youngest undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing history

1988 – The Writers Guild of America strike begins

1988 – Cyclone Bola causes torrential rains and significant flooding and landslides in New Zealand, but miraculously, only caused three deaths

1999 – Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick dies

2002 – The defense rests in the trial of Andrea Yates, Texas woman who confessed to killing her five kids by drowning them in the bathtub. She will be sentenced to life in prison but her conviction will be overturned for her insanity, and instead, she will be sentenced to a state hospital

2004 – V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire becomes the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church

2005 – John Bolton is nominated by President George Bush to be the US ambassador to the UN

2006 – Singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Ali Farka Toure dies

2010 – Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first female director to win an Oscar for her direction of the movie “The Hurt Locker.”


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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