About January 7

January 7, 2020 is the 7th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 359 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Capricorn is the sun 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 18 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 7

  • 1325
    Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal.
  • 1558
    France takes Calais, the last continental possession of England.
  • 1598
    Boris Godunov becomes Czar of Russia.
  • 1608
    Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.
  • 1959
    The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
  • 1968
    Surveyor Program: Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral.
  • 1980
    President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
  • 1984
    Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • 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.
  • 1990
    The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public because of safety concerns.
  • 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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