April 7 in Pop Culture History

April 7 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

April 7 History Highlights

  • 1712 – A slave revolt took place in New York city.
  • 1940 – Booker T. Washington became the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
  • 1948 – The World Health Organization was established by the United Nations.
  • April 7, 1969 – The Internet’s symbolic birth date: Publication of RFC 1.
  • If you were born on April 7th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… July 15th (prior year)

April 7 is…

Beaver Day
Beer Day
Burrito Day
Coffee Cake Day
No Housework Day
World Health Day

April 7 Birthday Quotes

“Life will knock us down, but we can choose whether or not to stand back up.”
– Jackie Chan

“The difficult I’ll do right now. The impossible will take a little while.”
– Billie Holiday

“That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”
– William Wordsworth

“Whether you are aware of them or not, whether you recognize them as spiritual or not, you probably have had the experiences of silence or transcendence, or the Divine-a few seconds, a few minutes that seem out of time; a moment when the ordinary looks beautiful, glowing; a deep sense of being at peace, feeling happy for no reason. When these experiences come…believe in them. They reflect your true nature.”
– Ravi Shankar

“You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.”
– Billie Holiday

“I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret.”
– Walter Winchell

April 7 Birthdays

1770 – William Wordsworth, English poet (died in 1850)
1860 – Will Keith Kellogg, American businessman, founded the Kellogg Company (died in 1951)
1897 – Walter Winchell, American journalist and radio host (died in 1972)
1908 – Percy Faith, Canadian composer and bandleader (died in 1976)
1915 – Billie Holiday, American singer-songwriter (died in 1959)
1920 – Ravi Shankar, Indian-American sitar player and composer (died in 2012)
1930 – Yves Rocher, French businessman, founded the Yves Rocher Company (died in 2009)
1933 – Wayne Rogers, American actor (died in 2015)
1938 – Jerry Brown, American lawyer and politician, 34th and 39th Governor of California
1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1946 – Stan Winston, American special effects designer and makeup artist (died in 2008)
1948 – John Oates, American singer-songwriter
1954 – Jackie Chan, Hong Kong martial artist, actor and stuntman
1960 – Buster Douglas, American boxer
1964 – Russell Crowe, New Zealand-Australian actor
1988 – Ed Speleers, English actor
1991 – Anne-Marie, English singer-songwriter

April 7 History

1795 – France adopted the 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.

April 7, 1905 Birthday (fictional) Mickey Goldmill (Rocky’s manager), Rocky, Film

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 the auditorium of AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories, New York, via telephone lines from Washington, DC.

April 7, 1933 – King Kong was released in theaters (the film, not the giant ape)

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.

1949 – Broadway Show – South Pacific (Musical) April 7, 1949

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 that gave customers the option of upgrading from lower-cost models to more powerful, expensive ones.

1967 – Film critic Roger Ebert published his first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times.

1968 – Motor racing world champion Jim Clark was killed in an accident during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim, Germany.

1969 – The Internet’s symbolic birth date: Publication of RFC 1 (A Request For Comments).

1970 – John Wayne won the 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.

1973 – #1 Hit April 7, 1973 – April 20, 1973: Vicki Lawrence – The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

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.

2000Rules of Engagement and Return To Me were 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.

April 7, 2003 – Birthday (fictional) Astro Boy, reboot, Cartoon

2007 – #1 Hit April 7, 2007 – April 20, 2007: Akon – Don’t Matter

2009 – Broadway Show – Rock of Ages (Musical) April 7, 2009

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Striker: “Surely you can’t be serious.” Rumack: “I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.” – Ted Striker and Dr. Rumack (Robert Hays and Leslie Nielsen)

In 1999, the U.S. government paid the Zapruder family $16 million for the film of JFK’s assassination.

“What if something’s on tv and it’s never shown again?” #songlyrics

The doctors that told Stephen Hawking he had two years to live in 1963 are probably dead.

“No, I am your father.” – Darth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back #moviequotes

“Makin’ whoopie” – Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game)

“Do the Funky Lady” #misunderstoodlyrics

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is basically how Earth sustains life.

Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after racking up a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.

The original Terminator (1984) was the T-800 Cyberdyne Systems Model 101.

Angelina Jolie – Real Name: Angelina Voight

Clouds are condensed water, and my body is approximately 60% water. I’m basically 60% cloud.

‘Chester Cheetah’ is the name of the cheetah selling us Cheetos snacks!

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