Selected anniversaries/December 7

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December 7: Armed Forces Flag Day in India; Pearl Harbor Day in the United States

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  • 1904 – Comparative trials began between HMS Spiteful (pictured), the first warship powered solely by fuel oil, and a similar Royal Navy ship burning coal.
  • 1941World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, intending to neutralize the United States Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia.
  • 1975 – The Indonesian military invaded East Timor under the pretext of anti-colonialism and began a 25-year occupation.
  • 1987 – A former airline employee on Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 shot his former boss and the pilots and deliberately crashed the plane near Cayucos, California, leaving no survivors.
  • 2007 – A crane barge that had broken free from a tugboat crashed into an oil tanker near Daesan, South Korea, causing the country's worst-ever oil spill.

Charles Saunders (d. 1775) Willa Cather (b. 1873) Martha Layne Collins (b. 1936)

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