On October 7:
1900 Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi official, was born.
1914 English actress Sarah Churchill was born.
1917 Count Felix Graf von Luckner had earned the epithet Der Seeteufel (the Sea-Devil) due to his exploits as captain of the German raider SMS Seeadler (Sea Eagle) in 1916–17, was imprisoned in New Zealand.
1919 Netherlands airline KLM was founded.
1929 English writer Robert Westall was born.
1932 South African bishop Desmond Tutu was born.
1933 Air France was inaugurated, after the merger of 5 French airlines
1939 Autralian author, television presenter and critic Clive James was born.
1949 German Democratic Republic (East Germany)was formed.
1952 Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister and former President of the Russian Federation was born.
1957 English figure Skater Jayne Torvill was born.
1982 Cats opened on Broadway and ran for nearly 18 years.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.