On This Day in History, April 07

Love browsing the internet? Well, this day marks the birth of the internet. To discover more incredible things about this date, read these highlighted events.

  • 1827-English chemist John Walker produced and sold the first operable matches.
  • 1864-The first camel race in America was held in Sacramento, California.
  • 1930-The first steel columns were set for the Empire State Building.
  • 1940-Booker T. Washington became the first black to be pictured on a U.S. postage stamp.
  • 1947-American businessman, and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, died on this day.
  • 1948-The World Health Organization was established.
  • 1953-The Big Four met for the first time in 2 years to seek an end to their air conflicts.
  • 1954-Chinese actor, martial artist, director, producer, screenwriter, Jackie Chan was born on this day.
  • 1953-IBM unveiled the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine.
  • 1961-Yugoslavia proclaimed itself a Socialist republic.
  • 1969-The internet came to be.
  • 1970-John Wayne won an Oscar for his role in “True Grit.”
  • 1980-The U.S. broke diplomatic relations with Iran and imposed economic sanctions in response to the taking of hostages on November 4, 1979.
  • 1985-In Goteborg, Sweden, China swept all the world table tennis titles except for men’s doubles.
  • 1985-An arson attack on the passenger ferry, Scandinavian Star, killed 159.
  • 1985-The Soviet Union announced a unilateral freeze on medium-range nuclear missiles.
  • 1994-Civil war erupted in Rwanda between the Patriotic Front rebel group and government soldiers.
  • 2000-U.S. President Clinton signed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act.
  • 2002-The Roman Catholic archdiocese announced that six priests from the Archdiocese of New York were suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • 2009-Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.

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