This Day in History - September 7

September 7

1533 – Elizabeth 1, Queen of England, is born

1566 – Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent dies

1571 – The Christian galley fleet destroys the Turkish galley fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in the Mediterranean

1630 – The town of Trimountaine in Massachusetts is renamed, Boston

1701 – An alliance is formed against France consisting of England, Austria and the Netherlands

1776 – During the Revolutionary War, the American submarine Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of the British flagship Eagle in New York Harbor. It is the first time a submarine was used in warfare

1778 – Shawnee Indians attack and siege Boonesborough, Kentucky

1812 – Napoleon wins a slight victory over the Russians at Borodino on his way to Moscow

1813 – The first known printed reference to the US by the nickname “Uncle Sam” appears in the Troy Post

1822 – Brazil declares its independence from Portugal

1860 – Grandma Moses, aka Anna Marie Robertson, American folk painter who didn’t begin her career until age 78, is born

1860 – Poet, Edith Sitwell, is born

1864 – Union General Phil Sheridan’s troops fight Jubal Early’s Confederates outside of Winchester, Virginia during the Civil War

1864 – Union General William T. Sherman orders residents of Atlanta, Georgia to evacuate the city during the Civil War

1876 – In the Old West, the James-Younger gang fails at an attempt to rob the First National Bank of Northfield in Minnesota, and is nearly wiped out by angry townspeople who shot them down as they tried to escape

1888 – An incubator is used for the first time on a premature infant

1892 – The first heavyweight-title boxing match fought with gloves occurs under Marquis of Queensbury rules and ends when James J. Corbett knocks out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round

1896 – The first auto race held in the US is won by an electric car built by Riker Electric Motor Company

1900 – Novelist, Taylor Caldwell, is born

1901 – The Boxer Rebellion in China is ended with the signing of the Peking Protocol

1908 – American football coach and executive, Paul Brown, is born

1909 – Producer, screenwriter, and Oscar-winning director, Elia Kazan, is born

1911 – French poet Guillaume Apollinaire is arrested on suspicion of stealing Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris

1912 – An altitude record of 13,200 feet is set by French aviator Roland Garros

1914 – Discoverer of the two radiation belts surrounding the earth, James Alfred Van Allen is born

1914 – During World War I, Sir John French of the British Expeditionary Force, begins his first official dispatch from the Western Front, summarizing events of British operations

1916 – Congress passes the Workman’s Compensation Act

1921 – The San Antonio River floods, killing 51 people and causing millions in damages

1930 – Saxophonist, Sonny Rollins, is born

1936 – Singer and songwriter, Buddy Holly, is born

1940 – 4th President of Indonesia, Abdurrahman Wahid, is born

1940 – Germany attacks London during the Battle of Britain during World War II, on the first of 57 consecutive nights of bombing known as “The Blitz” or “Blitzkrieg” aka lightning war

1942 – The Red Army pushes back the German line northwest of Stalingrad

1943 – First woman Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, is born

1949 – Grammy-winning singer, Gloria Gaynor, is born

1950 – Emmy-winning actress and voice of Marge on The Simpsons, Julie Kavner, is born

1950 – During the Cold War, the UN rejects a Soviet resolution condemning the American bombing in North Korea

1950 – Author, columnist, and special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, Margaret “Peggy” Noonan, is born

1953 – Nikita Khrushchev elected the first secretary of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union

1953 – California tennis star Maureen Connolly wins the US Open, becoming the first woman ever to win the “Grand Slam” of tennis

1954 – Public school integration begins in Washington, D.C., and Maryland

1956 – Singer/ musician, Michael Feinstein, is born

1965 – Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio

1965 – US Marines and South Vietnamese forces launch Operation Piranha on the Batangan Peninsula during the Vietnam War in which 200 enemy soldiers will die

1970 – Jockey Johnny Longden’s record for most lifetime wins is broken by Bill Shoemaker who earns his 6,033rd win

1977 – The US and Panama sign Torrijos-Carter Treaties to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the US to Panama at the end of the 20th century

1978 – English drummer, songwriter, and producer, Keith Moon dies

1978 – Secret police agent Francesco Gullino assassinates Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov in London by firing a ricin pellet from a specially designed umbrella

1979 – ESPN debuts

1984 – Russian tennis player, Vera Zvonareva, is born

1984 – Australian cricket player, Don Tallon, dies

1986 – Desmond Tutu becomes the first black leader of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, as the Archbishop of Cape Town

1988 – The first Afghan to travel to outer space, Pilot Abdul Ahad Mohmand, returns to earth after 9 days aboard the Soviet space station Mir

1996 – Hip-hop star Tupac Shakur is shot in Las Vegas, Nevada. He will die several days later

1997 – President of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, dies

2004 – 39 die in the Category 5 Hurricane Ivan, who damages 90% of the buildings on the Isle of Grenada

2008 – During the subprime mortgage crisis, the US government assumes conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country’s two largest mortgage financing companies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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