2021 December

December 7: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 7

December 7th celebrates International Civil Aviation Day and Cotton Candy Day.

We’ve made it to the 341st day of the year, the end is in sight! There are 24 days left until we reach the end of 2021.

For those of you who were born on December 7th, your zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes December 7th such a special day in history with these interesting facts and events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked? This surprise attack by the Japanese led the US to join World War II the following day.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 7th in history!

What Happened On December 7 In History?


Coca-Cola was named as the world’s largest plastic polluter, by the charity “Break Free From Plastic”.

Source BBC

A ban on diesel cars was called for in France.

In order to reduce pollution, the Mayor of Paris called for a ban on diesel cars in Paris by 2020, in addition to creating pedestrian-only neighborhoods.
Source Reuters

A 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia killed 25,000-50,000 people and left up to 500,000 homeless.


Apollo 17 launched the final manned lunar landing mission, during which the crew took the famous “blue marble” photo of the entire Earth.


An assassination attempt was made on the First Lady of the Philippines.

Imelda Marcos, the First Lady, was presenting awards of a national beautification and cleanliness contest when she was attacked with a large knife. Her assailant was shot to death at the scene, and Marcos required 75 stitches on her wounded hands and arms.
Source NY Times

Pearl Harbor was attacked.

OTD in 1941: Pearl Harbor was attacked.
The Imperial Japanese Navy used 353 planes to attack the US fleet at the Pearl Harbor Naval base in Hawaii. The attack killed 2,403 people.

Inventor Leo Baekeland patented the first thermosetting plastic, Bakelite, which sparked the birth of the plastics industry.


Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph to the editors of “Scientific American.”

OTD in 1877: Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph to the editors of "Scientific American."
Source PBS

Delaware became the first state to ratify the US constitution.


The Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden, London, England.


One of America’s oldest documented highways was completed on this day in Connecticut, USA.

Route 108 was known initially as Farm Highway and is the third oldest road in Connecticut.

Did you know that on this day, December 7th 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked?