On This Day

On This Day in History for January 7 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1975 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to AR Ammons (Sphere)
  • 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 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

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1983 President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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
  • 1986 US President Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya
  • 1987 French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum

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1989 Akihito becomes the 125th Emperor of Japan after the death of his father Horohito

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito
  • 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 and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1992 AT&T releases video-telephone ($1,499)
  • 1993 The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1997 Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the US House of Representatives

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich

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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

USAImpeachment Trial of Bill Clinton

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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Tickets issued to former President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty
Tickets issued to former President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty
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  • 2000 Former UK Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken released from prison after 9 months of a 18-month sentence
  • 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 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wins re-election in Bangladesh general election

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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
  • 2018 Sydney, Australia has its hottest day for 80 years as Penrith reaches 47.3 degrees
  • 2018 It snows in the Sahara desert - 15 inches reported in Aïn Séfra, Northwest Algeria
  • 2019 Attempted coup in Gabon fails after rebel soldiers overtake national radio station in Libreville
  • 2019 Tennessee woman Cyntoia Brown, convicted for murdering a man aged 16, granted clemency by Governor Bill Haslam
  • 2019 College Football, National Championship, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara: #2 Clemson beats #1 Alabama, 44-16
  • 2019 Amazon overtakes Microsoft to become the world's most valuable listed company for the first time, worth $797 billion
  • 2020 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico, island's largest in a century, followed by many aftershocks kill 1 person and destroy 800 homes

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Deaths in History

  • 2018 Peter Sutherland, Irish businessman (Allied Irish Banks) and politician (Fine Gael), dies at 71
  • 2018 Anna Mae Hays [McCabe], American military officer and US military's 1st female General, dies from a heart attack at 97
  • 2020 Elizabeth Wurtzel, American author (Prozac Nation), dies of metastatic breast cancer at 52