October

October 7: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 7

October 7th celebrates Bathtub Day as well as Frappé Day.

We are now on day 280 out of 365, and only have 85 days left of the year.

Everyone who was born on October 7 shares the star sign of Libra.

Here we are going to discover the top major events of this day in history that make it so interesting.

Did you know that on this day in 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor of California? This was the result of a recall election to remove the previous governor, Gray Davis.

Keep reading for more facts about October 7th in history!

What Happened On October 7 In History?

2014

A Spanish nurse became first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa.

The cause was blamed on substandard PPE.
2008

Swedish music streaming service Spotify was launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon.

2003

Arnold Schwarzenegger became Governor of California.

1998

A gay student, Matthew Shepard, was brutally beaten and left to die in Wyoming, US.

Shepard was found the next day by two cyclists. He was tied to a fence and he died a few days later.
1993

Author Toni Morrison won the Nobel Peace Prize for literature for her body of work and essays about the Black American experience.

OTD in 1993: Author Toni Morrison won the Nobel Peace Prize for literature for her body of work and essays about the Black American experience.
1986

British Newspaper “The Independent” was first published.

1959

The Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 allowed the world to look at the far side of the moon for the first time.

OTD in 1959: The Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 allowed the world to look at the far side of the moon for the first time.
The images returned were of pretty poor quality comparable to later photos but it was our first glance of the other side of the moon and was met with great excitement worldwide.
1944

The Sonderkommandos, prisoners who took care of the bodies at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, protested their pending mass murder.

Several female Jews smuggled gunpowder from the camp's munitions factory to the workers in Crematorium IV. Those workers planned to use the gunpowder to destroy the crematorium but had their plans cut short when they learned that their workforce was due to be executed. Instead they attacked the guards in revolt killing only a handful but dying themselves. A total of 452 Sonderkommandos were either killed in the revolt or executed after; along with four of the woman smugglers.
1931

The first ever infrared photo was taken in Rochester, New York.

The photo was taken in complete darkness and was a group of many men sitting in a theatre… but of course the picture wasn't black, the men in the theatre were clear in the photo.
1542

Portuguese explorer, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers Catalina Island off the coast of California.

Did you know that on this day, October 7th 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor of California?