On This Day

What Happened on January 7

Important Events

  • 1610 Galileo Galilei discovers the first three moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa & Ganymede
  • 1714 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)
  • 1941 Chinese Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire on the surrounded Communist New Fourth Army at Maolin, Anhui Province, killing or capturing 7,000 troops
  • 1953 US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb
  • 1954 Georgetown-IBM experiment, 1st public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held at IBM's head office in New York
  • 1999 President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial begins in the US Senate after the House voted to impeach him for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky
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January 7 in Film & TV

  • 1967 "Newlywed Game" premieres on ABC TV

January 7 in Music

  • 1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

January 7 in Sport

  • 1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera
  • 1972 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports

Did You Know?

Early 5 second film of Fred Ott sneezing shot by Edison Manufacturing - 1st ever copyrighted

On January 7, 1894


Would You Believe?

Marguerite Perey discovers francium (Fr), the last naturally occurring element to be found

On January 7, 1930

Famous Weddings

  • 1630 Composer Pier Cavalli marries rich widow Maria Sosomeno
  • 1879 Dutch King Willem II marries Emma von Waldeck-Pyrmont
  • 1880 Pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (19) weds Antonina Korsak

Famous Divorces

  • 1985 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married
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