April 7th

2009
Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage.
Marriage Equality Act (Vermont)
2003
U.S. troops in more than 100 U.S. armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Baghdad and seized one of Saddam Hussein's opulent palaces.
2001
An unarmed black man wanted on 14 misdemeanor warrants was fatally shot by a white police officer in Cincinnati, sparking three days of riots.
Cincinnati riots of 2001
1999
The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
Beef hormone controversy
1990
An arson attack on the passenger ferry, Scandinavian Star, kills 159. Insurance fraud is today considered the most likely motive for the attack. According to a 2013 report, 9 crew members started the fire and sabotaged the fire crew's attempts to extinguish the blaze.
MS Scandinavian Star
1976
China's leadership deposed Deputy Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping.
Zhou Enlai
1969
The internet is born. The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) awarded a contract to build a precursor of today's world wide web to BBN Technologies. The date is widely considered as the internet's symbolic birthday.
History of the Internet
1954
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China.
Domino theory
1953
The U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general.
Dag Hammarskjöld
1949
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway.
South Pacific (musical)
1948
The World Health Organization is established. The WHO is a United Nations agency concerned with fighting disease and epidemics worldwide, building up national health services, and improving health education in its 194 member states.
World Health Organization
1947
Auto pioneer Henry Ford died at age 83.
Henry Ford
1939
Italy invaded Albania.
Italian invasion of Albania
1927
the image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover were transmitted live from Washington to New York in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.
Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
1862
Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
Battle of Shiloh
1827
The first friction match is sold. English chemist John Walker produced and sold the first operable matches. They were soon banned in France and Germany because burning fragments would sometimes fall to the floor and start fires.
John Walker (inventor)
1724
Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion is premiered. The sacred oratorio is the oldest extant Passion by the German composer. The highly popular work is a dramatization of the final days of Jesus Christ, according to the Gospel of John.
St John Passion
529
First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
Corpus Juris Civilis
30
Scholars' estimate for Jesus' crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem.
Crucifixion of Jesus