34 fun facts for December, 7

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
December 7 is a day rich in history, from Delaware becoming the first state to ratify the United States Constitution in 1787, to Independence Day in Ivory Coast, and the birth of cinema pioneer Georges Méliès. It is also a day to remember and celebrate various events and notable people in fields like sports, entertainment, art, and world milestones.
34 Fun facts
  1. On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, and is thus known as "The First State."
  2. French painter and lithographer Georges Méliès was born on December 7, 1861. He was an early pioneer in the field of cinema and is best known for his 1902 film, A Trip to the Moon.
  3. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed on December 7 in the United States to honor the memory of those who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
  4. Independence Day is celebrated on December 7 in Ivory Coast. This day marks its independence achieved from France in 1960.
  5. The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, hosted its first ballet performance, The Loves of Mars and Venus, on December 7, 1737.
  6. On December 7, 1909, inventor Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, which was the world's first synthetic plastic.
  7. The first passenger steam train began service in South Africa on December 7, 1860, between Durban and the Point.
  8. American radio personality and voice actor Peter Tomarken was born on December 7, 1942. He is best known as the host of the game show Press Your Luck.
  9. December 7, 1989, saw singer and songwriter Taylor Swift born in Reading, Pennsylvania.
  10. The first German-language psychoanalytical society, the Berlin Psychoanalytic Society, which later merged with the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), was founded on December 7, 1908.
  11. On December 7, 1946, the American agribusiness pioneer and founder of Cargill Inc., John H. MacMillan Sr., passed away.
  12. Italian film director and screenwriter Mario Monicelli, who is regarded as one of the masters of Italian comedy, was born on December 7, 1915
  13. On December 7, 1904, the first railway tunnel connecting France and Italy, known as the "Simplon tunnel," was opened.
  14. On December 7, 1926, U.S. Route 66 – one of the original federal highways – was officially established, ultimately stretching from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California.
  15. The famous actor and comedian Eli Wallach was born on December 7, 1915.
  16. December 7 is National Cotton Candy Day in the United States, which is a time to celebrate the popular spun sugar treat.
  17. The science fiction author and screenwriter Ted Elliott, best known for co-writing the Pirates of the Caribbean films, was born on December 7, 1961.
  18. On December 7, 185, Pope Damasus I died. He was responsible for commissioning the Latin Vulgate Bible, and served as Pope from 366 until his death.
  19. Bill Haley and His Comets released "Rock Around the Clock" on December 7, 1954, becoming one of the first rock and roll songs to gain national popularity in the United States.
  20. On December 7, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
  21. Actor Jeffrey Wright was born on December 7, 1965. He is best known for his roles in films like Shaft, The Hunger Games, James Bond, and the television series Westworld.
  22. On December 7, 1989, English soccer player Harry Foreshew was born, he is well-known for his performance in senior football for the Kent Football United club.
  23. British television presenter Sara Cox was born on December 7, 1974.
  24. Frederick II was crowned as the King of Prussia on December 7, 1740.
  25. American tennis player Leander Paes was born on December 7, 1973. He holds eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.
  26. On December 7, 2003, the world's largest recording companies (Universal, Sony, EMI, Warner, and BMG) filed suit against AllofMP3.com, accusing the Russian site of copyright infringement.
  27. The famous Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera was born on December 7, 1886.
  28. On December 7, 1917, the National Hockey League (NHL) was established.
  29. Minnesota became the 32nd state of the United States on December 7, 1843.
  30. American actress Ellen Burstyn was born on December 7, 1932, she has received multiple awards and nominations throughout her career.
  31. On December 7, 2004, the Boeing 777-200LR, known as the "Worldliner," made its public debut. This aircraft holds the world record for the longest non-stop flight by a commercial airliner.
  32. National Wreaths Across America Day is held on December 7 in the United States when wreaths are placed on the graves of veteran heroes in national cemeteries.
  33. On December 7, 1946, the Everglades National Park in Florida was established, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
  34. December 7 is International Civil Aviation Day, observed to raise awareness of the importance of civil aviation for social and economic development across the world.