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January 7 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 7. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 43 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 1131
    Canute Lavard was murdered at Haraldsted, Denmark by his cousin Magnus, which led to the civil war in Denmark (1131–34).
  • 1325
    Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal.
  • 1558
    France takes Calais, the last continental possession of England.
  • 1566
    Pope Pius V is elected.
  • 1608
    Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia.
  • 1610
    Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able to distinguish the last two until the following day.
  • 1782
    The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.
  • 1785
    Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon.
  • 1797
    The modern Italian flag is first used.
  • 1835
    HMS Beagle drops anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.
  • 1894
    William Kennedy Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film.
  • 1904
    The distress signal “CQD” is established only to be replaced two years later by “SOS”.
  • 1919
    Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebel against the planned annexation of Montenegro by Serbia, but fail.
  • 1920
    The New York State Assembly refuses to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen.
  • 1922
    Dáil Éireann ratifies the Anglo-Irish Treaty by a 64–57 vote.
  • 1927
    The first transatlantic telephone service is established from New York, New York to London, United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 1935
    Benito Mussolini and French Foreign minister Pierre Laval sign the Franco-Italian Agreement.
  • 1940
    Winter War: The Finnish 9th Division stops and completely destroys the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.
  • 1942
    World War II: The siege of the Bataan Peninsula begins.
  • 1945
    World War II: British General Bernard Montgomery holds a press conference in which he claims credit for victory in the Battle of the Bulge.
  • 1948
    Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.
  • 1954
    Georgetown-IBM experiment: The first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • 1955
    Contralto Marian Anderson becomes the first person of color to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.
  • 1959
    The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
  • 1960
    The Polaris missile is test launched.
  • 1968
    Surveyor Program: Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral.
  • 1970
    The Punjab Legislative Council (Abolition) Act, 1969 comes into effect.
  • 1973
    Mark Essex fatally shoots ten people and wounds 13 others at Howard Johnson’s Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, before being shot to death by police officers.
  • 1979
    Third Indochina War: Cambodian–Vietnamese War: Phnom Penh falls to the advancing Vietnamese troops, driving out Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

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