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Roman statesman Cicero was murdered, the Japanese attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor, and the first U.S. lethal injection execution was carried out.

November 7th was stated by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to be a day that would "forever live in infamy". He made that statement in the wake of the Imperial Japanese bombing of the U.S. military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on that date in 1941 which thrust America into World War 2. That and other notable events occurring on December 7th through history are looked at below.

Marcus Tullius Cicero Assassinated

Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman politician and lawyer born unto a wealthy family in Rome. From a young age, he held magistracy positions like public officials for maintenance and management. He was elected a consul, the highest elected office in the Roman Republic in 63 BC. Mark Anthony, Cicero’s rival had been declared an enemy of the state before planning the assassination of Cicero on December 7th, 43 BC. His head and hands were chopped off and displayed in a forum on Mark Anthony’s orders.

A Windstorm Ravages Parts of England in 1703

This massive windstorm occurred on the day of December 7th, 1703 and has been recorded as the strongest and the deadliest windstorm ever in British history. It caused severe destruction of chimneys, forests, roofs, and ships which were blown off course. It also caused extensive and prolonged flooding which led to much loss of both animal and human life.

Grand Opening of the Royal Opera House at London's Covent Garden

The Royal Opera House, commonly referred to as the Covent Garden, is home to several theater artists, such as ballet dancers, opera singer, and other major orchestra performers using the Royal Opera House. In the early years, it mainly served as a playhouse. In 1728, John Rich built the royal theater out of his capital and was opened on December 7th, 1732.

Delaware the First State to Ratify the United State Constitution

Delaware was the first out of the initial nine states to give their consent to the United States Constitution on December 7th, 1787. Ten delegates from all the three counties in the country gathered to give their consent on the matter, and all did because they sought to have a central government that would help them economically and security wise.

Union Victory in the Civil War Battle of Prairie Grove.

The Battle of Prairie Grove was an 1862 battle of the American Civil War, a conflict where eleven slave states in the southern half of the United States of America joined forces to form the Confederate States of America to fight the remaining states in the Union. The Confederation's Army and the Union Army under the leadership of James Blunt and Thomas Hindman, respectively, went to battle in Prairie Grove, Arkansas and the Confederate army withdrew due to a lack of ammunition and food. Thus the Union army declared victory and established a command center in northwest Arkansas.

The First Television Commercial Airs in the U.S.

“The Fox Trappers” was an orchestra program on the CBS radio network which was broadcast for the first time on Massachusetts telecast video in 1930. This airing also made it the first television program ever to advertise commercial advertisements in the U.S.

Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike on the United States Pacific Fleet by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the day of December 7th, 1941. The attack was aimed at keeping the US Pacific Fleet from interfering with Japan’s military actions against the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the US, and led to the Americans' full-fledged involvement in the Second World War.

First Lethal Injection Execution in the U.S.

Charles Brooks, Jr, also known as Shareef Ahmad Abdul-Rahim, was an African-American residing in Texas. He was found guilty of murder on December 7th, 1982 and sentenced to death. He was executed by lethal injection, injection of drugs into someone to cause death, and was recorded in history as the first person in the US to undergo the process.

A & M Records Sues Napster for Copyright Infringement.

Napster was an online music-distribution service founded by Shawn Fanning, John Fanning, and Sean Parker which allowed the sharing of music online by its participants. On December 7th, 1999, it was sued for infringement of copyright laws where it ceased its operations and was purchased by a software company in America.

Akatsuki Successfully Enters Elliptical Orbit of Venus

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Akatsuki, a spacecraft, into the atmosphere of Venus after the craft’s successful orbiting of the sun. It entered Venus's elliptical orbit on December 7th, 2015, and is expected to study the stratification of the atmosphere, its dynamics, and Venusian clouds with the help of five different cameras.

What Happened On December 7th In...?

Notable Events Occurring on December 7th Through HistoryYear
Mark Antony's men assassinate Roman politician Marcus Tullius Cicero.43 BC
A massive windstorm begins in southern and central England, killing thousands within the next 72 hours.1703
Grand opening of the Royal Opera House at London's Covent Garden.1732
Delaware becomes the first stated admitted to the new United States of America when it ratified the U.S. Constitution.1787
Union forces in the American Civil War establish a commanding position in northwest Arkansas with a victory in the Battle of Prairie Grove.1862
In Massachusetts, CBS's "The Fox Trappers" is broadcast with the first television commercial in the U.S.
The Japanese Navy mounts a surprise attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.1941
Convicted of murder, Charles Brooks, Jr. of Texas becomes the first American to be executed by lethal injection.1982
Napster is sued by A & M Records for copyright infringement.1999
The Japanese space probe Akatsuki successfully enters into an elliptical orbit of Venus.2015

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