April 07

This Day in History

1963

Tito becomes president for life

Josip Broz, a.k.a. Marshal Tito, is declared president for life of Yugoslavia on April 7, 1963. Broz fought for the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War and was an effective communist organizer in … (more...)

1947

Henry Ford – Industrialist Extraordinaire

Henry Ford (30 July 1863 to 7 April 1947) was without doubt one of the towering industrial figures of the 20th century. As the founder of the mighty Ford Motor Company, he revolutionised the … (more...)

1859

Matches First Sold

On this day in 1827, an English chemist called John Walker, who lived and worked in Stockton on Tees, started selling the very first "friction lights"; or, to use their common name, … (more...)

1803

Haitian Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture Dies

Toussaint Louverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution credited for ending slavery on Haiti, died on this day in 1803. Born into slavery in 1743 on Saint-Domingue, Louverture was the self-educated … (more...)