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April 7th In Pop Culture History

1795 - France adopted the metre 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1933 - Prohibition in the United States was repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight.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.

1948 - The World Health Organization was established by the United Nations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

April 7th Celebrity Birthdays

Famous Last Words...

Poet, William Wordsworth (1770)
Father of American Football, Walter Camp (1859)
Cereal Manufacturer, Will Keith Kellogg (1860, d.1951)
Actress, Queenie Leonard (1905, d.2002)
Musician, Percy Faith (1908, d.1976)
Musician, Billie Holiday (1915, d.1959)
Actor, Stanley Adams (1915, d.1977)
Actor, Anthony Caruso (1916, d.2003)
Actor, R G Armstrong (1917, d.2012)
Musician, Peanuts Hucko (1918)
Actor, Ronald Howard (1918)
Musician, Ravi Shankar (1920, d.2012)
Musician, Mongo Santamaria (1922, d.2003)
Musician, Nick Perito (1924)
Musician, Babatunde Olatunji (1927, d.2003)
Director, Alan J Pakula (1928)
Actor, James Garner (1928)
Mobster, "Crazy" Joe Gallo (1929)
Actor, Andrew Sachs (1930)
Musician, Louis "Mr. Bo" Collins (1932)
Actor, Wayne Rogers (1933)
Actor, Ian Richardson (1934, d.2007)
Musician, Victor Feldman (1934, d.1987)
Musician, Bobby Bare (1935)
Musician, Charley Thomas (1937)
Musician, Freddie Hubbard (1938)
Actress, Yvonne Lime (1938)
TV host, David Frost (1939, d.2013)
Director, Francis Ford Coppola (1939)
Actor, Gorden Kaye (1941)
Actress, Edda Barends (1942)
Actor, Jeetendra (1942)
Musician, Mick Abrahams (1943)
Actress, Roberta Shore (1943)
Musician, Spencer Dryden (1943)
Musician, Megas (1945)
Chef, Joel Robuchon (1945)
Special effects master, Stan Winston (1946, d.2008)
Musician, Patricia Bennett (1947)
Musician, Florian Schneider (1947)
Musician, Charles "Skip" Pitts (1947)
Musician, Carol Douglas (1948)
Musician, John Oates (1949)
Musician, Janis Ian (1951)
Musician, John Dittrich (1951)
Musician, Bruce Gary (1952)
Actor, Clark Peters (1952)
Actor, Jackie Chan (1954)
Actress, Alexandra Neil (1958)
Musician, Tony Aire (1958)
Musician, Simon Climie (1960)
Actor, Hugh Edward Ralph O'Conner (1962)
Actor, Russell Crowe (1964)
Actress, Teri Ann Linn (1966)
Actor, Bill Bellamy (1968)
Actress, Jennifer Chambers Lynch (1968)
Actor, Jack Black (1969)
Model, Eve Salvail (1973)
Model, Beverly Peele (1975)
Actor, Eric Wareheim (1976)
Actor, Kevin Alejandro (1976)
Actress, Silvana Arias (1977)
Internet Celeb, Brooke Brodack (1986)
Actress, Alexa Demara (1987)
Writer, Lauren Parkes (1987)
Musician, Alexis, Jordan (1992)
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