April 7 in Pop Culture History
|April 7th is…
Coffee Cake Day
Empowered Women Entrepreneurs Day
Making The First Move Day
Metric System Day
Girl Me Too Day
No Housework Day
Pet Health Insurance Day
Public Television Day
Snail Papers Day
Walk To Work Day
World Health Day
1795 – France adopted the metre (meter) as the unit of length and the base of the metric system.
1896 – Patent (#557,994) for “justifying lines of type” was issued to Tolbert Langston.
1906 (Volcano) Mount Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples.
1927 -The first public display of a long-distance television transmission was viewed by a group of newspaper reporters and dignitaries in AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories, New York auditorium, via telephone lines from Washington, DC.
1933 – Prohibition in the United States was repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight.
1940 – Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
1945 – Japanese battleship Yamato was sunk by Allied forces off the coast of Okinawa.
1946 – Syria’s independence from France was officially recognized.
1948 – The World Health Organization was established by the United Nations.
1949 – South Pacific (Broadway Musical) Opened on April 7, 1949, and closed on January 16, 1954
1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous “domino theory” speech regarding communism in Southeast Asia.
1959 – The first distinguishable echo was recorded of a radar signal bounced off the Sun by the Radioscience Laboratory at Stamford University.
1962 – #1 Hit April 7, 1962 – April 20, 1962: Shelley Fabares – Johnny Angel
1964 – IBM introduced its innovative System/360, the company’s first line of compatible mainframe computers, allowing customers to upgrade from lower-cost models to more powerful, expensive ones.
1967 – Film critic Roger Ebert published his first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times.
1969 – The Internet’s symbolic birth date: Publication of RFC 1 (A Request For Comments).
1970 – John Wayne won Best Actor Oscar for his role in 1969’s True Grit.
1970 – Midnight Cowboy won in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars.
1980 – The United States severed relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
1989 – Major League, The Dream Team and Cyborg were released in theaters.
1990 – #1 Hit April 7, 1990 – April 13, 1990: Taylor Dayne – Love Will Lead You Back
1995 – Bad Boys, Rob Roy and A Goofy Movie debuted in theaters.
2009 – Rock of Ages (Broadway Musical) Opened on April 7, 2009 and closed on January 18, 2015
2000 – Rules of Engagement and Return To Me was released in theaters.
2001 – Mars Odyssey was launched to orbit Mars. The mission was named as a tribute to Arthur C. Clarke, after his book 2001: A Space Odyssey.
2007 – #1 Hit April 7, 2007 – April 20, 2007: Akon – Don’t Matter