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

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 25, 2023 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,409,760 minutes 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.

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 34 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 4,034 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 7 Historical Events

  • 1325
    Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal.
  • 1608
    Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia.
  • 1797
    The modern Italian flag is first used.
  • 1835
    HMS Beagle drops anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    Winter War: The Finnish 9th Division stops and completely destroys the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.
  • 1950
    A fire at the Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, kills 41 people.
  • 1993
    The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.

Who were born on January 7?

  • 1685
    Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)
  • 1888
    Vera de Bosset, Russian artist, wife of Igor Stravinsky (d. 1982)
  • 1900
    John Brownlee, Australian tenor (d. 1969)
  • 1941
    Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1944
    Tony Whitlam, Australian judge
  • 1963
    Clint Mansell, English musician and composer
  • 1963
    Rand Paul, American politician, Junior Senator from Kentucky
  • 1978
    Jean Charles de Menezes, Brazilian shooting victim (d. 2005)
  • 1986
    Grant Leadbitter, English footballer
  • 1988
    Haley Bennett, American singer and actress

Who died on January 7?

  • 1400
    Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey, English politician (b. 1374)
  • 1536
    Catherine of Aragon, consort of Henry VIII of England (b. 1485)
  • 1770
    Carl Gustaf Tessin, Swedish politician (b. 1695)
  • 1932
    André Maginot, French eponym of the Maginot Line (b. 1877)
  • 1943
    Nikola Tesla, Serbian-born inventor and electrical engineer (b. 1856)
  • 1951
    René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886)
  • 1960
    Dorothea Douglass Chambers (aka Katharine Lambert Chambers), UK tennis player (b. 1878)
  • 1967
    Carl Schuricht, German conductor (b. 1880)
  • 1988
    Michel Auclair, French actor (b. 1922)
  • 2001
    James Carr, American Rhythm & Blues and soul musicians (b. 1942)

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