What happened this day in history January 7

What are the important events that happened on January 7? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 7: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 7 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.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 25, 2019 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 438,432 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘heptagon’ day.

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

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,573 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 7 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 1920
    The New York State Assembly refuses to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen.
  • 1990
    The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public because of safety concerns.
  • 1991
    Roger Lafontant, former leader of the Tonton Macoutes in Haiti under François Duvalier, attempts a coup d'état, which ends in his arrest.
  • 1993
    Bosnian War: The Bosnian Army executes a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica.

Who were born on January 7?

  • 1685
    Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)
  • 1860
    Emanuil Manolov, Bulgarian composer (d. 1902)
  • 1921
    Chester Kallman, American writer (d. 1975)
  • 1942
    Vasily Alexeev, Russian weightlifter
  • 1946
    Jann Wenner, American publisher
  • 1950
    Ross Grimsley, American baseball player
  • 1961
    Supriya Pathak, Indian actress
  • 1970
    Doug E. Doug, American actor
  • 1988
    Haley Bennett, American singer and actress
  • 1990
    Camryn Grimes, American actress

Who died on January 7?

  • 1536
    Catherine of Aragon, consort of Henry VIII of England (b. 1485)
  • 1566
    Louis de Blois, Flemish mystic (b. 1506)
  • 1658
    Theophilus Eaton, American colonist (b. 1590)
  • 1830
    Thomas Lawrence, English painter (b. 1769)
  • 1864
    Caleb Blood Smith, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior (b. 1808)
  • 1876
    Juste Olivier, Swiss poet (b. 1807)
  • 1913
    Jack Boyle, American baseball player (b. 1866)
  • 1944
    Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet (b. 1888)
  • 1998
    Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic-born television presenter (b. 1929)

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