On This Day in History, January 7

We have highlighted some of the major events that took place on January 7 in history. This comprises major discoveries, world news, and world politics, e.t.c., to help you know your history better.

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  • 1610 – Galileo Galilei discovered the Galilean Moons.
  • 1785 – The hot air balloon crossed the English Channel, where the French inventor Jean-Pierre Blanchard took about 2½ hours to fly from Dover to Guînes.
  • 1927 – The commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.
  • 1929 – The influenza Epidemic was considered to be growing more serious with the number of additional deaths rising to over 200,000.
  • 1930 – Marguerite Perey discovered francium, the last naturally occurring element to be found.
  • 1931 – The committee for Unemployment Relief announced some 4 to 5 million Americans were unemployed.
  • 1950 – Fire in the mental ward of Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa killed 41 people.
  • 1953 – US President Harry Truman announced the American development of the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1954 – 1st public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held at IBM’s head office in New York.
  • 1955 – Marian Anderson became the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera.
  • 1958 – Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar.
  • 1959 – The United States recognized the new government of Cuba.
  • 1974 – Crowds of people gathered around the Heathrow airport as “war games” took place.
  • 1989 – Akihito was sworn in as the Emperor of Japan.
  • 1996- A major Winter Blizzard paralyzed Washington to Boston in the Eastern United States and claimed 100 lives.
  • 1999President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial began in the US Senate.
  • 2004 – President George W. Bush proposed temporary legal status, for millions of immigrants working in the U.S.
  • 2006 – U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, faced corruption charges and was forced to step down as House majority leader.
  • 2011 – In Jowhar, Somalia, men, and women are banned from shaking hands with each other.
  • 2015 – Masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo following the Newspaper having caricatured the Prophet Mohammad, methodically killing 12 people, including the editor.

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