About January 7

January 7, 2021 is the 7th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 358 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 36 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 7

  • 1325
    Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal.
  • 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.
  • 1835
    HMS Beagle drops anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    The Polaris missile is test launched.
  • 1973
    Mark Essex fatally shoots 10 people and wounds 13 others at Howard Johnson’s Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, before being shot to death by police officers.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.
  • 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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