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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Jan 7 in Film & TV

  • 1894 William K.L. Dickson captures "Fred Ott's Sneeze" as a motion picture at Thomas Edison's Black Mariah Studio, West Orange, New Jersey [1]

Jan 7 in Music

  • 1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera
  • 1958 Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar

Jan 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

Would You Believe?

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

On January 7, 1930

Famous Weddings

  • 1430 Duke Philip the Good (33) formally celebrate marriage Isabella of Portugal (32) in Sluys, Burgundy
  • 1630 Composer Pier Cavalli marries rich widow Maria Sosomeno
  • 1879 Dutch King Willem II marries Emma von Waldeck-Pyrmont

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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