About January 7

January 7, 2017 is the 7th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 358 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 21 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 7

  • 1598
    Boris Godunov becomes Czar of Russia.
  • 1610
    Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able distinguish the last two until the following day.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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, England, United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 1950
    A fire at the Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, kills 41 people.
  • 1952
    President Harry S. Truman announces that the United States has developed the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1954
    Georgetown-IBM experiment: the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • 1959
    The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
  • 1980
    President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
  • 1985
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Sakigake, Japan’s first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union.
  • 1999
    The Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton begins.
  • 2010
    Muslim gunmen open fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians leaving church after celebrating a midnight Christmas mass, killing eight of them as well as one Muslim bystander.

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