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On This Day in History - 7th December

Birthdays

1863Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer best known for 'Cavalleria Rusticana'
1915Eli Wallach, American film & television actor
1932Ellen Burstyn, American actress; 'The Last Picture Show'
1949Tom Waits, Singer/songwriter who has also appeared in films
1954Mike Nolan, Member of the Pop group 'Bucks Fizz'
1957Geoff Lawson, Australian cricketer; fast bowler
1970Lindy Layton, Of the Pop group 'Beat International'

Events

1431In Paris, Henry VI of England was crowned King of France
1732The original Covent Garden Opera House, known at that time as the Theatre Royal, was opened
1783At the age of 24, William Pitt became Britains youngest ever Prime Minister
1817The captain of the famous 'Bounty', William Bligh, died in London
1941Pearl Harbour was attacked without a decleration of war by Japanese aircraft, sinking much of the US fleet
1955Leader of the Labour Party, Clement Attlee resigned, to be created an Earl by the Queen
1990Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was awarded 'The Order Of Merit'