Events in History on January 7

  • 754 Pope Stefanus II arrives in Ponthion
  • 1325 Afonso IV succeeds Dionysius as King of Portugal
  • 1558 Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by French
  • 1566 Antonio "Michele" Ghislieri is elected Pope Pius V
  • 1579 England signs an offensive & defensive alliance with Netherland
  • 1584 Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia & Holy Roman empire
  • 1598 Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodor I
  • 1601 Robert, Earl of Essex, leads revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth
  • 1608 Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia

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1610 Galileo discovers first three satellites of Jupiter, Io, Europa & Ganymede

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei

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1618 Francis Bacon becomes Lord Chancellor of England

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon
  • 1622 Germany & Transylvania sign Peace of Nikolsburg
  • 1654 Fire after heavy storm destroys two thirds of De Rijp Netherlands, 1 person dies

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1698 Russian Tsar Peter the Great departs Netherlands for England

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1714 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)
  • 1761 Battle at Panipat India: Afghan army beats Mahratten
  • 1782 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia
  • 1784 1st US seed business established by David Landreth, Philadelphia
  • 1785 1st balloon flight across English Channel (Jean Pierre Blanchard & John Jeffries)
  • 1797 The modern Italian flag is first used.
  • 1817 2nd Bank of US opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1822 1st printing in Hawaii
  • 1822 Liberia colonized by Americans
  • 1830 1st US Railroad Station opens (Baltimore)
  • 1835 HMS Beagle anchors off Chonos Archipelago
  • 1861 Florida troops takeover Fort Marion at St Augustine (US Civil War)
  • 1862 Battle of Manassas Junction, VA

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1862 Romney Campaign; Stonewall Jackson march towards Romney, WV

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1868 Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock
  • 1868 Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson
  • 1888 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear" (BG)
  • 1890 W B Purvis patents fountain pen
  • 1892 Mine explosion kills 100 in Krebs, Oklahoma; blacks trying to help rescue white survivors, driven away with guns
  • 1893 Hermann Sudermanns "Heimat" premieres in Berlin
  • 1894 Early 5 second film of Fred Ott sneezing shot by Edison Manufacturing - 1st ever copyrited
  • 1896 Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book"
  • 1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Blanched Soldier" (BG)

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1904 Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st international radio distress signal

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1907 Clyde Fitch' "Truth" premieres in NYC
  • 1908 England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG
  • 1911 1st airplane bombing experiments with explosives, SF
  • 1911 Dutch Scouts Organization established in Amsterdam
  • 1913 William M Burton patents a process to "crack" petroleum
  • 1914 1st steamboat passes through Panama Canal
  • 1916 German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun
  • 1916 In response to pressure from President Wilson, Germany notifies the US State Department that it will abide by strict international rules of maritime warfare
  • 1919 The Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union of South Africa is founded, led by Clements Kadalie
  • 1919 Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebel, but fail to prevent Serbia's annexation of Montenegro
  • 1920 Five duly elected Socialist assemblymen are denied by the New York State Assembly

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1922 The Anglo-Irish Treaty is ratified by Dail Eireann by a 64-57 vote

Irish Nationalist Leader Michael Collins
Irish Nationalist Leader
Michael Collins
  • 1923 Baltimore Sun warns of Ku Klux Klan
  • 1927 Commercial transatlantic telephone service inaugurated between NY & London
  • 1927 Harlem Globetrotters play 1st game (Hinckley, Illinois)
  • 1929 "Buck Rogers", 1st sci-fi comic strip, premieres
  • 1929 "Tarzan", one of the 1st adventure comic strips, 1st appears
  • 1930 Edwin Justus Mayer's "Children of Darkness" premieres in NYC
  • 1930 Marguerite Perey discovers francium (Fr), the last naturally occurring element to be found
  • 1931 Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.
  • 1932 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich
  • 1933 1st edition of People & Fatherland published in Netherlands
  • 1934 "Flash Gordon" comic strip (by Alex Raymond) debuts
  • 1935 Zoe Akins' "Old Maid" premieres in NYC

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1935 French Foreign minister Pierre Laval and Benito Mussolini sign the Franco-Italian Agreement

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1939 US worker's union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916)
  • 1940 Winter War: The Finish 9th Division defeats the Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road despite being significantly outnumbered
  • 1942 WW II siege of Bataan starts
  • 1944 US Air Force announces production of 1st US jet fighter, the Bell P-59
  • 1945 Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) reports total German victory in the Ardennes
  • 1945 The last surface engagement between Allies and Japanese in the Pacific campaign, World War II
  • 1946 Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union

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1948 US president Harry Truman raises taxes for the Marshall Plan

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • 1948 Thomas Mantell, a pilot for the Kentucky Air National Guard, crashes while pursuing a supposed UFO
  • 1949 1st photo of genes taken at U of S California by Pease & Baker
  • 1950 Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry"
  • 1950 Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 (Davenport Ia)
  • 1952 French Plevin government falls
  • 1953 US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb
  • 1954 Georgetown-IBM experiment, the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • 1956 Vinoo Mankad scores 231 v NZ, 413 opening stand with Roy
  • 1958 USSR reduces army to 300,000

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1959 US recognizes Fidel Castro's Cuban government

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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1959 American gangster Meyer Lansky flees Cuba for the Bahamas due to the Cuban Revolution and rise of Fidel Castro

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Meyer Lansky
  • 1960 The Polaris missile is tested
  • 1961 Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps

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1962 Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian president Sukarno

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • 1962 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock
  • 1963 1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents
  • 1964 Bahamas becomes self-governing
  • 1964 Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game in air (Boeing 707)
  • 1965 France announces it will convert $150 million of its currency to gold
  • 1965 Twin brothers are in held in custody in London charged with abduction and murder
  • 1966 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA champion
  • 1968 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • 1968 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off
  • 1969 US Congress doubles president salary

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

1970 Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by "Woodstock"

  • 1971 -40°F (-40°C), Hawley Lake, Ariz (state record)
  • 1972 Iberian Airlines 'plane crashes into 800ft peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die
  • 1972 Lewis F Powell Jr becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1972 William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1973 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • 1973 Johnny Watkins bowls six overs 0-21 v Pakistan Never again
  • 1973 US poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize
  • 1974 Gasoline rationed in Netherlands
  • 1975 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to AR Ammons (Sphere)
  • 1977 Human Rights Charter 77 established in Prague
  • 1978 Angola revises its constitution in include a state security law
  • 1979 Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge

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1980 Indira Gandhi voted back into power in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi

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1980 American President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1983 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England
  • 1984 Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • 1985 Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley's comet
  • 1985 KHQ-AM in Spokane WA changes call letters to KLSN (now KAQQ)
  • 1986 Netherlands Bank issues 250 guilder notes
  • 1986 STS 61-C mission scrubbed at T -9m because of weather problems
  • 1987 French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum
  • 1989 Akhito becomes emperor of Japan
  • 1989 International Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris
  • 1990 Lynn Jennings runs world record indoor 5km indoor at 15:22.64
  • 1990 Tower of Pisa closed to the public after leaning too far
  • 1991 "Nia Peeples Party Machine" premieres on TV

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1991 Saddam Hussein prepares his troops for what he says will be a long violent war against the US

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 1992 AT&T releases video-telephone ($1,499)
  • 1993 The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.
  • 1993 Jerry Rawlings becomes President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana
  • 1993 Bosnian War: Bosnian Army launches a surprise attack on Kravica, a village in Srebrenica
  • 1994 South Africa beat Australia in the Sydney Test by 5 runs
  • 1994 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding
  • 1994 United Express commuter plane crashes in Ohio, killing 5
  • 1996 16th United Negro College Fund raises $12,600,000
  • 1997 Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the US House of Representatives

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1998 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

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1999 Impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton begins in the US Senate.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Former UK Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken released from prison after 9 months of a 18-month sentence

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2007 Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

  • 2010 Muslim gunmen in Egypt kill nine people after opening fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians
  • 2012 Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11
  • 2014 Sheikh Hasina wins the general election in Bangladesh

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2015 Terrorist attack on the offices of satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris kills 12 (including Jean Cabut and Stéphane Charbonnier), injures 11

  • 2015 A car bomb explodes in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, killing 38 people and injuring more than 63