About January 7

January 7, 2024 is the 7th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 359 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

What Happened On January 7

  • 1325
    Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal.
  • 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 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.
  • 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”.
  • 1927
    The first transatlantic telephone service is established – from New York, New York to London, England, United Kingdom.
  • 1940
    Winter War: The Finnish 9th Division stops and completely destroys the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.
  • 1954
    Georgetown-IBM experiment: the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • 1968
    Surveyor Program: Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    Prince Akihito is sworn in as the emperor of Japan after the death of his father Hirohito
  • 1990
    The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public because of safety concerns.
  • 1993
    Bosnian War: The Bosnian Army executes a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica.
  • 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.

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