About July 7

July 7, 2020 is the 189th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 177 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Cancer is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 220 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

July 7: More About This Day

The terms 7th July, July 7th, and 7/7 (pronounced “Seven-seven”) have been widely used in the Western media as a shorthand for the 7 July 2005 bombings on London’s transport system. In China, this term is used to denote the Battle of Lugou Bridge started on July 7, 1937, marking the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

What Happened On July 7

  • 1456
    A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.
  • 1534
    European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in New Brunswick.
  • 1543
    French troops invade Luxembourg.
  • 1798
    Quasi-War: the U.S. Congress rescinds treaties with France sparking the “war”.
  • 1834
    In New York City, four nights of rioting against abolitionists began.
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: American troops occupy Monterey and Yerba Buena, thus beginning the U.S. acquisition of California.
  • 1863
    United States begins its first military draft; exemptions cost $300.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: four conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln are hanged.
  • 1911
    The United States, Great Britain, Japan, and Russia sign the North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911 banning open-water seal hunting, the first international treaty to address wildlife preservation issues.
  • 1937
    Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Lugou Bridge – Japanese forces invade Beijing, China.
  • 1946
    Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 spy plane prototype crashes in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.
  • 1956
    Fritz Moravec and two other Austrian mountaineers make the first ascent of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).
  • 1958
    U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into law.
  • 1959
    Venus occults the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.
  • 1983
    Cold War: Samantha Smith, a U.S. schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov.
  • 1985
    Boris Becker becomes the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon at age 17
  • 1991
    Yugoslav Wars: the Brioni Agreement ends the ten-day independence war in Slovenia against the rest of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 2002
    A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
  • 2005
    A series of four explosions occurs on London’s transport system killing 56 people including four alleged suicide bombers and injuring over 700 others.
  • 2011
    Roof of a stand in De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede which was under construction collapsed, one killed and 14 injured.

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