Holidays Calendar for December 7, 2016

On December 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The eve of the Immaculate Conception is a public holiday in some countries, namely Guatemala and Colombia. In both countries, the celebration has some specific traditions.

National Heroes Day is a public holiday in East Timor celebrated on December 7. It was established to honor those who gave their lives for the country's independence. The date of the holiday marks the anniversary of Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975.

Day of Local Self-Government in Ukraine is celebrated on December 7. It is the official professional holiday of all employees of Ukraine's local self-government bodies. The holiday was officially established by President Leonid Kuchma in 2000.

December 7 is Armed Forces Flag Day in India. It is the commemoration of Indian soldiers, airmen and sailors that has been observed since 1949. Flag Day originated as a charity initiative.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is an annual national observance in the United States. It is observed on December 7 to honor the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

December 7 is Spitak Earthquake Remembrance Day in Armenia. On this day, Armenian citizens commemorate the victims of the 1988 Armenian earthquake. The remembrance day is marked with wreath-laying ceremonies and special church services.

The National Cotton Candy Day is celebrated on December 7. Cotton candy, also known as candy floss or fairy floss, is a confection that is almost 100 percent sugar.

International Civil Aviation Day is celebrated on December 7. It was instituted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 1994. Two years later, the UN General Assembly recognized it as an official United Nations observance.

On December 7, Iranian students celebrate Student Day in commemoration of the student protest that occurred on December 7, 1953. The holiday was instituted after the Islamic Revolution of 1979.


This Day in History

  • 2007 A crane barge broke free from a tug and collided with a very large crude oil carrier Hebei Spirit, beginning the worst oil spill in the history of South Korea.
  • 2004 Died: Jay Van Andel, American businessman, best known as one of the co-founders of Amway Corporation.
  • 2003 The Conservative Party of Canada was officially registered, following the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
  • 1998 Died: Martin Rodbell, American biologist, best remembered for discovery of G-proteins. This discovery won him the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1994.
  • 1995 A little more than six years after the launch the Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter. Galileo became the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter and measure its atmosphere.
  • 1993 Died: Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Ivoirian politician, who served as the 1st President of Ivory Coast from November 3, 1960 to his death.
  • 1993 Died: Wolfgang Paul, German physicist. He was one of the developers of the non-magnetic quadrupole mass filter, that laid foundation for what we now know as an ion trap. This work brought him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1989.
  • 1988 More than 25,000 people were killed, when an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hit the city of Spitak, Armenia. Over 30,000 were injured and 500,000 left homeless.
  • 1987 Born: Aaron Carter, American singer. He is the younger brother of Nick Carter, American musician, member of the pop group Backstreet Boys. Aaron came to fame in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen and teenage audience.
  • 1980 Died: Darby Crash, American vocalist and songwriter. Crash co-founded punk rock band Germs, that after his death of an intentional drug overdose attained legendary status among fans and musicians alike. Crash is revered as a unique and talented songwriter, whose lyrics were unusually wordy and impressionistic.
  • 1979 Born: Jennifer Carpenter, American actress. Her best known role is Debra Morgan on the Showtime drama series Dexter. Her other notable roles include Emily Rose in The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
  • 1977 Born: Dominic Howard, English musician, known as the drummer and co-producer for the alternative rock band Muse.
  • 1975 Died: Thornton Wilder, American author. He is best known for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, that brought him three Pulitzer Prizes.
  • 1974 Born: Nicole Appleton, Canadian singer, songwriter and actress, best known as the member of All Saints girl group.
  • 1972 The last Apollo mission, Apollo 17, was launched. The crew took photograph known as The Blue Marble, as they left the Earth.
  • 1949 Born: Tom Waits, American singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He's known for his distinctive voice and trademark growl, and became a famous musical persona.
  • 1947 Died: Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat and educator. In 1931 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for promotion of the Briand-Kellog pact and for his work as the leader of the American peace movement.
  • 1946 119 people were killed, when the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia caught fire. This is the deadliest hotel fire in the history of the USA.
  • 1941 The Imperial Japanese Navy carried out a surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
  • 1930 W1XAV television station broadcast video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The broadcast included the first television commercial in the USA, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show.
  • 1917 Died: Ludwig Minkus, Austrian composer and violinist. He was noted for the music he composed while serving as the official Composer of Ballet Music to the St. Petersburg Imperial Theaters in Russia. His most celebrated compositions are La Source, Don Quixote and La Bayadère.
  • 1906 Died: Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist and educator. He was one of the co-founders of the League of Peace and Freedom and served as director of the organization till his death. His activism brought him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1902.
  • 1873 Born: Willa Cather, American author. She achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains - O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the novel One of Ours.
  • 1863 Born: Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer, most remembered for his operas. His best known masterpieces are operas Cavalleria rusticana, L'amico Fritz and Iris.
  • 1793 Died: Joseph Bara, French drummer boy, the hero of the French Revolution. He was too young to join the army, however, he became the drummer boy. He was killed at the age of 13, and his death was later used for the patriotic propaganda.
  • 1732 The Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden, London, England.
  • 1703 The greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain made landfall. Wind gusted up to 120 mph, at least 9,000 people died.
  • 1598 Born: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian artist and architect. He was the leading sculptor of his age and he's credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture.
  • 1302 Born: Azzone Visconti, Italian ruler, lord of Milan from 1329 till his death. It's believed, that Visconti founded the state of Milan, that later became a duchy.
  • 903 Born: Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Persian astronomer and author, famous for his Book of Fixed Stars, published in 964. His book became the basis for the further work of astronomers.