April 7 – Some importante events on this day
30 👉🏼 Scholars’ estimate for Jesus’ crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem.
529 👉🏼 First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (fundamental work in jurisprudence) issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I
1739 👉🏼 Dick Turpin executed in England for horse stealing
1795 👉🏼 France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length
1832 👉🏼 Nagging wives needed to be careful in 19th Century England, for, as Joseph Thompson did, her husband might put her up for sale.
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1895 👉🏼 Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen reaches record 86°13.6′N latitude north, expedition closest to the North pole. The norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his work on behalf of the displaced victims of the First World War and related conflicts.
1926 👉🏼 Italian dictator Mussolini is shot at 3 times by Violet Gibson in Rome, but she only hits him once in the nose
1944 👉🏼 World War II: General Montgomery speaks to generals at St. Paul’s School about his vision for the upcoming D-Day landings.
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces invaded Europe. The Normandy landings, the largest amphibious invasion ever undertaken, took years to plan, involved the invention of new technologies and proved that Hitler’s ‘Fortress Europe’ was made of sand.
Photographer Robert F. Sargent took this photo – aptly named “Into the Jaws of Death” – as troops waded ashore on Omaha Beach, the most calamitous of the landing sites. On the day at Omaha, little went to plan, most landing craft missed their targets and German defenses were unexpectedly strong.
Nevertheless, the Allies secured a foothold on all beaches. From there they broke out into Normandy proper as German resistance faltered. D-Day stands out as one of the most crucial moments in history: along with the German collapse on the Eastern Front, the success of the Allies in the West ensured that the Nazi defeat was near.
1948 👉🏼 World Health Organization formed by the United Nations
1954 👉🏼 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a “domino-effect” of communism in Indo-China
1969 👉🏼 The Internet’s symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1
1999 👉🏼 The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas
2016 👉🏼 Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m)