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DECEMBER 7

1889 John Tunis (Massachusetts-born Children's Author) John Tunis Young-adult Children's Authors Baseball University of Texas Arlington
Sports Figures
1940 Gerry Cheevers (Canadian Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame) Canadian Sports Figures Hockey Hall of Fame
1947 Johnny Bench (Oklahoma-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Johnny Bench Baseball Hall of Fame
1956 Larry Bird (Indiana-born Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Larry Bird Basketball Hall of Fame
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1892 C.K. Welch Applies for a Patent for an Inflatable Bicycle Tire Cycling Patents & Trademarks Vintage Reprints
1918 Florida's Legislature Is Called into Session for Ratification of the 18th Amendment Prohibiting Manufacture and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages Florida Legislature 18th Amendment Drug and Substance Abuse Florida Historical Society
1925 Johnny Weissmuller Sets the World Record for the 150-yard Freestyle Swim Romanian Sports Figures International Swimming Hall of Fame Actors Film The History Channel
1937 Red Sox Acquire 19-yr-old Ted Williams from Minor League San Diego Padres Ted Williams Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1941 Pitcher Lefty Grove Retires with 300 Wins Maryland Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1955 Greensboro Six Attempt to Integrate North Carolina Public Golf Course Greensboro Six Golf Civil Rights African-American History
1963 CBS Makes First Use of Instant Replay Broadcasting Army-Navy Game Television Football Historic Firsts USA Today
1968 Ironwood, Michigan Hosts Its First Snowmobile Derby, Drawing 650 Entries and Over 7000 Spectators Ironwood,  Michigan Transportation Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1986 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 3 in Bulgaria Bulgaria Earthquake Death USGS
1988 A 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 25,000 in Armenia-Turkey-Georgia Border Region Armenia Turkey Georgia Earthquake Death The History Channel USGS
1989 Sugar Ray Leonard Defeats Roberto Duran for World Super-middleweight Title African-American Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame USA Today

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