It happened one 07 December

1936 : Disparition de Mermoz

Jean Mermoz disparaît au milieu de l'Atlantique à bord de la Croix du Sud.

1941 : Attack on Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, over 360 Japanese planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawai. The surprise was total. 15 ships and 200 aircraft were destroyed and 2400 people were killed. On the other side, the three fleet carriers were on training maneuvers and were not affected. This attack officially led the United States to the war.

1975 : Indonesia invaded East Timor

On December 7, 1975, following the end of Portuguese control over that part of the island in August and the declaration of independence on November 28, Indonesia invaded East Timor in order to annex it. After three years of fighting and 100,000 civilian deaths, the annexation was complete. Resistance was organized during the following decades and East Timor was finally recognized as independent on May 20, 2002, through the efforts of the United Nations and people like Jose Ramos-Horta, President of the country since 2008, and Carlos Ximenes Belo, who both received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996. Since 2002, violence had persisted for a few years and the United Nations and Australia had to intervene to restore order.

1988 : Earthquake in Armenia

On December 7, 1988, at 11:41 local time, an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 on the Richter scale hit the region of Spitak in northern Armenia. 4 minutes later, a replica of magnitude 5.8 was felt. Numerous buildings collapsed. Hundreds of villages were damaged. More than 30,000 people were killed. For the first time since the end of the second World War, the Soviet Union, of which Armenia was still part, asked international assistance.

1995 : Galileo arrived at Jupiter

On 7 December 1995, more than six years after being launched by the shuttle Atlantis, the Galileo module arrived at Jupiter and staarted its mission of studies and observations. For 8 years, it took numerous pictures and measurements of the largest planet in the solar system and its moons.

Latest news : 07 December

Journée de l'aviation civile internationale
Le 6 décembre 1996, l'Assemblée générale de l'ONU a proclamé le 7 décembre Journée de l'aviation civile internationale pour mettre en évidence l'importance cette dernière et contribuer à sa promotion.
Cette journée veut nous fait réfléchir aux progrès apportés à la communauté internationale par les déplacements aériens.
Día de las Velitas in Colombi
On the night of 7 to 8 December, it is the Día de las Velitas in Colombia. This night marks the beginning of celebrations of the nativity. The front of the houses and streets are illuminated throughout the country.

Quote of the day : 07 December

Tristan Bernard
I am willing to change my mind, but with whom?

Birthdays : 07 December

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian sculptor (1598)
Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (1863)
Joyce Cary, Irish writer (1888)
Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-American astronomer (1905)
Eli Wallach, American actor (1915)
Ted Knight, American actor (1923)
Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-1996) (1924)
Noam Chomsky, American linguist and philosopher (1928)
Gary Morris, American actor and singer (1948)
Georges Corraface, French-Greek actor (1952)
Jeffrey Wright, American actor (1965)
Hermann Maier, Austrian skier (1972)
Fabien Pelous, French rugby player (1973)
Nicole Appleton, Canadian singer (1974)
Dominic Howard, English musician (Muse) (1977)
Jennifer Carpenter, American actress (1979)
Nathan Adrian, American swimmer (1988)
Nicholas Hoult, English actor (1989)

They left us one 07 December

Joseph Bara, French revolutionary (1793)
Ferdinand de Lesseps, French developer of the Suez Canal (1894)
Ludwig Minkus, Austrian violinist and composer (1917)
Jean Mermoz, French aviator (1936)
Tristan Bernard, French playwright (1947)
Will Lee, American actor (1982)
Robert Graves, English writer (1985)
Joan Bennett, American actress (1990)
Félix Houphouët-Boigny, First President of Ivory Coast (1993)
Wolfgang Paul, German physicist, Nobel Prize (1993)
Martin Rodbell, American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1998)
Vue mer : crédit photo Aseed