Berlin (dpa) - The current calendar sheet for December 7, 2019:
49th calendar week
341st day of the year
24 days left until the end of the year
Star sign: Sagittarius
Nameday: Ambrosius, Gerald
2018 - Former CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is elected as the new party leader in Hamburg. In a ballot she defeated the former Union faction leader Friedrich Merz.
2017 - Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo resigns. Her successor will be Mateusz Morawiecki. Both are confidants of the right-wing PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
2004 - Three years after the overthrow of the radical Islamic Taliban, the current transitional president, Hamid Karzai, is sworn in as the first freely elected president of Afghanistan.
1999 - According to a ruling of the Federal Administrative Court, the observation of political parties by secret service is generally permitted.
1994 - The Federal Constitutional Court declares the so-called "coal pfennig", an 8.5% surcharge on the electricity price, for constitutional violations.
1989 - The "Central Round Table", a forum for dialogue between the old parties and the new opposition groups of the GDR, meets for the first time in East Berlin.
1944 - The International Civil Aviation Organization is established in Chicago, Illinois, with the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Today, more than 190 countries belong to the ICAO.
1835 - The first journey of the steam locomotive "Adler" between Nuremberg and Fürth heralds the railway age in Germany.
1742 - In Berlin, today's Staatsoper Unter den Linden is opened as the Royal Court Opera.
1989 - Nicholas Hoult (30), British actor ("About A Boy")
1974 - Franziska Knuppe (45), German model and presenter ("Austria's Next Top Model")
1964 - Ilse Aigner (55), German politician (CSU), President of the Bavarian State Parliament since 2018, Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection 2008-2013
1949 - Tom Waits (70), American singer (Downtown Train), composer and actor (Down By Law)
1924 - Mário Soares, Portuguese politician, President 1986-1996, d. 2017
2016 - Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician, member of the FDP 1948-2002, Minister of State at the Foreign Office 1976-1982, b. 1921
2004 - Winfried Scharlau, German journalist, longtime moderator of the ARD program "Weltspiegel", born. 1934