April 7: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 7



April 7th is Making The First Move Day & No Housework Day.

This day marks the 98th day of 2024, and there’s another 268 days remaining until the end of the year.

Our world as we know it wouldn’t be the same had it not been for the historical events that happened on this day. We have put together some of the top events, including discoveries, transportation advances, and archaeological finds.

Did you know that on this day in 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) was formed? The formation was overseen and carried out by the United Nations.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about April 7th in history!


What memorable events happened on April 7 in history? Keep reading to find out!


New York and New Jersey were struck by the strongest earthquake in over one hundred years.

The 4.8 magnitude earthquake was felt across New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area, as well as parts of Virginia and Maine. The last quake of its size to hit New Jersey was in 1783.


Donald Trump launched 59 missiles into Syria.

OTD in 2017: Donald Trump launched 59 missiles into Syria.

The attack came three days after a chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun.


US forces circled the city of Baghdad, which led to the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime two days later.


NASA launched the 2001 Mars Odyssey space probe from Cape Canaveral.

The space probe was initially called the Astrobiological Reconnaissance and Elemental Surveyor (ARES). However, the naming committee faced heavy criticism and was forced to reconsider its options. 2001 Mars Odyssey had previously come up as an option, but due to licensing concerns, they rejected it.


The Soviet K-278 Komsomolets nuclear submarine caught fire and sank off the coast of Norway.

OTD in 1989: The Soviet K-278 Komsomolets nuclear submarine caught fire and sank off the coast of Norway.


Donald Trump married his first wife, Ivana Zelníčková, in Manhattan, New York.

The two met at a New York City watering hole for singles.


British Prime Minister Winston Churchill resigned due to health concerns.


The United Nations formed the World Health Organization (WHO).


Car engineer Henry Ford died at the age of 83.

OTD in 1947: Car engineer Henry Ford died at the age of 83.


Booker T. Washington became the first Black person pictured on a US postage stamp.

Booker T. Washington, a former slave, was an American author, educator, and advisor to several US presidents. He was a prominent leader in the Black community.


Mount Vesuvius volcano erupted, devastating Naples in the process.


Texaco was formed.

OTD in 1902: Texaco was formed.

Originally named “The Texas Company,” it started from the Fee Oil Well No. 3 in Sour Lake, Texas.


Englishman John Walker invented modern-day wooden matches that create a flame through friction.


The Territory of Mississippi was formally organized.

The region had previously been contested territory between the USA and Spain, but Spain signed away their claims in 1795 with the Treaty of Madrid. At its point of organization, Mississippi Territory only included the lower halves of modern-day Mississippi and Alabama.


France initiated the War of the League of Cambra against Venice.

The League of Cambra was a coalition of Emperor Maximilian of the Holy Roman Empire, Pope Julius II, Louis XII of France, and Ferdinand II of Aragon (NW Spain).

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Jackie Chan was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.


Jackie Chan

Hong Konger


Jackie Chan


70 years old

Born In:

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong







33 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Billie Holiday



Billie Holiday

Died On:

Jul 17, 1959 (Age 44)

Born In:

Pennsylvania, USA


Russell Crowe

New Zealand-Australian


Russell Crowe


60 years old

Born In:

Wellington, New Zealand

Special Holidays

Here are some unusual holidays that are celebrated on this day.

April 7: National No Housework Day
United States

National No Housework Day

Washing the dishes, making your bed, sweeping up, vacuuming, washing your clothes, cleaning the bathroom, the list of chores is endless. No Housework Day is the perfect time to go on strike and declare that it can be done later. Enough is enough!

April 7: National Making The First Move Day
United States

National Making The First Move Day

National Making The First Move Day was created to encourage everyone to make the first move to prevent bullying. If you don’t already, practice keeping an open mind towards everyone today. Most importantly, intervene if you see anyone being bullied!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

An estimated 50% of all gold ever mined on Earth came from a single plateau in South Africa: Witwatersrand.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on April 7th shares the same zodiac sign, Aries.

Aries is the first sign in the zodiac and marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. Arians continuously look for competition and like to be first for everything.

Anyone born in April has the Diamond birthstone. The diamond is a prized gemstone that has been a symbol of love for centuries. The Ancient Romans believed Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds.

If you were born on April 7, it’s likely that you were conceived on July 15 in the previous year.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be born around December 29th, 2024.

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