What happened on January 7? There are more than 302 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About January 7

January 7 In HistoryJanuary 7 is the 7th day of the year 2021. There are 358 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 1st week of the year 2021.

On this day in Milliken, Colorado 80543 sunrise occured at 07:22 AM and sunset occured at 04:50 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Capricorn. The modern birthstone for this month is Garnet while the mystical birthstone is Emerald.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 36 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For 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.
  • 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.
  • 1797
    The modern Italian flag is first used.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    Winter War: The Finnish 9th Division stops and completely destroys the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.
  • 1950
    A fire at the Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, kills 41 people.
  • 1952
    President Harry S. Truman announces that the United States has developed the hydrogen bomb.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1979
    Third Indochina War – Cambodian–Vietnamese War: Phnom Penh falls to the advancing Vietnamese troops, driving out Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who Were Born On January 7?

  • 1355
    Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, son of Edward III of England (d. 1397)
  • 1502
    Pope Gregory XIII (d. 1585)
  • 1528
    Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre (d. 1572)
  • 1647
    Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1677)
  • 1685
    Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)
  • 1706
    Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (d. 1751)
  • 1718
    Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
  • 1746
    George Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1823)
  • 1768
    Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples (d. 1844)
  • 1786
    John Catron, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1865)
  • 1796
    Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales (d. 1817)
  • 1800
    Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (d. 1874)
  • 1827
    Sir Sandford Fleming, Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time (d. 1915)
  • 1831
    Heinrich von Stephan, German labor organizer (d. 1897)
  • 1832
    James Munro, Premier of Victoria (d. 1908)
  • 1834
    Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist and inventor (d. 1874)
  • 1837
    Thomas Henry Ismay, founder of the White Star Line shipping company (d. 1899)
  • 1844
    Bernadette Soubirous, French saint (d. 1879)
  • 1845
    King Ludwig III of Bavaria (d. 1921)
  • 1858
    Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, key figure in the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language (d. 1922)
  • 1860
    Emanuil Manolov, Bulgarian composer (d. 1902)
  • 1870
    Lord Gordon Hewart, British judge (d. 1943)
  • 1871
    Émile Borel, French mathematician and politician (d. 1956)
  • 1873
    Adolph Zukor, Hungarian producer (d. 1976)
  • 1873
    Charles Péguy, French poet and essayist (d. 1914)
  • 1875
    Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
  • 1875
    Thomas Hicks, American runner (d. 1963)
  • 1876
    William Hurlstone, English composer (d. 1906)
  • 1888
    Vera de Bosset, Russian artist, wife of Igor Stravinsky (d. 1982)
  • 1891
    Zora Neale Hurston, African-American writer (d. 1960)
  • 1895
    Clara Haskil, Romanian pianist (d. 1960)
  • 1895
    Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of Qantas (d. 1974)
  • 1896
    Arnold Ridley, British playwright and actor (d. 1984)
  • 1899
    Al Bowlly, British jazz singer (d. 1941)
  • 1899
    Francis Poulenc, French composer (d. 1963)
  • 1900
    John Brownlee, Australian tenor (d. 1969)
  • 1903
    Alan Napier, English actor (d. 1988)
  • 1906
    Bobbi Trout, American aviator (d. 2003)
  • 1907
    Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist (d. 1993)
  • 1908
    Red Allen, American musician (d. 1967)
  • 1910
    Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)
  • 1911
    Butterfly McQueen, American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1912
    Charles Addams, American cartoonist (d. 1988)
  • 1912
    Günter Wand, German conductor, composer (d. 2002)
  • 1913
    Johnny Mize, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1916
    Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (d. 1975)
  • 1917
    Ulysses Kay, American composer (d. 1995)
  • 1921
    Chester Kallman, American writer (d. 1975)
  • 1922
    Alvin Dark, American baseball player and manager
  • 1922
    Eric Jupp, British-born Australian composer, arranger, conductor (d. 2003)
  • 1922
    Jean-Pierre Rampal, French flutist (d. 2000)
  • 1922
    Vincent Gardenia, Italian-born actor (d. 1992)
  • 1923
    Hugh Kenner, Canadian literary critic (d. 2003)
  • 1924
    Geoffrey Bayldon, British actor
  • 1924
    Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (d. 1966)
  • 1925
    Gerald Durrell, British naturalist (d. 1995)
  • 1926
    Kim Jong-pil, South Korean politician
  • 1928
    William Peter Blatty, American screenwriter
  • 1929
    Terry Moore, American actress
  • 1932
    Joe Berinson, Australian politician
  • 1933
    Elliott Kastner, American film producer (d. 2010)
  • 1934
    Charles Jenkins, American sprinter
  • 1934
    Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (d. 2002)
  • 1934
    Tassos Papadopoulos, President of Cyprus (d. 2008)
  • 1935
    Ducky Schofield, American baseball player
  • 1935
    Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (d. 2006)
  • 1935
    Tommy Johnson, American tubist (d. 2006)
  • 1935
    Valeri Kubasov, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1936
    Ben Cropp, Australian shark hunter and photographer
  • 1936
    G. Robert Blakey, American attorney
  • 1938
    Lou Graham, American golfer
  • 1938
    Roland Topor, French illustrator (d. 1997)
  • 1939
    Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
  • 1941
    Frederick D. Gregory, NASA astronaut
  • 1941
    Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1941
    John E. Walker, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1941
    Manfred Schellscheidt, German American soccer coach
  • 1942
    Danny Williams, South African singer (d. 2005)
  • 1942
    Jim Lefebvre, American baseball player and manager
  • 1942
    Vasily Alexeev, Russian weightlifter
  • 1943
    Richard Armstrong, British conductor
  • 1943
    Sadako Sasaki, Japanese child victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb (d. 1955)
  • 1944
    Arne Scheie, Norwegian sports commentator
  • 1944
    Tony Whitlam, Australian judge
  • 1945
    Dick Marty, Swiss politician
  • 1945
    Gilles Marotte, French Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)
  • 1945
    Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya
  • 1945
    Tony Conigliaro, American baseball player (d. 1990)
  • 1946
    Jann Wenner, American publisher
  • 1946
    Michael Roizen, American anesthesiologist, internist and author
  • 1947
    Shobha De, Indian writer
  • 1948
    Kenny Loggins, American singer
  • 1949
    Anne Schedeen, American actress
  • 1949
    Marshall Chapman, American singer-songwriter
  • 1949
    Steven Williams, American actor
  • 1950
    Erin Gray, American actress
  • 1950
    Juan Gabriel, Mexican singer-songwriter
  • 1950
    Malcolm Macdonald, English footballer
  • 1950
    Ross Grimsley, American baseball player
  • 1951
    Helen Worth, British actress
  • 1952
    Sammo Hung, Hong Kong actor
  • 1953
    Morris Titanic, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1954
    José María Vitier, Cuban music composer and pianist
  • 1956
    David Caruso, American actor
  • 1956
    Kostas Petropoulos, Greek basketball player and coach
  • 1956
    Mike Liut, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956
    Uwe Ochsenknecht, German actor and singer
  • 1957
    Julian Solis, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1957
    Katie Couric, American television host
  • 1957
    Nicholson Baker, American novelist
  • 1957
    Reena Roy, Indian actress
  • 1958
    Donna Rice, American sex scandal figure
  • 1958
    Linda Kozlowski, American actress
  • 1959
    Jon Larsen, Norwegian musician and composer
  • 1959
    Kathy Valentine, American musician (The Go-Go’s)
  • 1960
    David Marciano, American actor
  • 1960
    Loretta Sanchez, American politician, U.S. Representative from California
  • 1961
    Andrew Thomson, Australian politician
  • 1961
    John Thune, American politician, junior senator of South Dakota
  • 1961
    Supriya Pathak, Indian actress
  • 1962
    Aleksandr Dugin, Russian politician
  • 1962
    Hallie Todd, American actress
  • 1963
    Clint Mansell, English musician and composer
  • 1963
    Rand Paul, American politician, Junior Senator from Kentucky
  • 1964
    Nicolas Cage, American actor
  • 1966
    Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, American publicist (d. 1999)
  • 1966
    Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer
  • 1967
    Guy Hebert, American ice hockey player
  • 1967
    Mark Lamarr, British comedian and broadcaster
  • 1967
    Nick Clegg, British Liberal Democrat Leader
  • 1969
    David Yost, American actor
  • 1970
    Doug E. Doug, American actor
  • 1970
    Joao Ricardo, Angolan footballer
  • 1970
    Todd Day, American basketball player
  • 1971
    C.W. Anderson, American professional wrestler
  • 1971
    Jeremy Renner, American actor
  • 1971
    Tina Anderson, American comic book writer
  • 1972
    Donald Brashear, American ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Baiba Broka, Latvian actress
  • 1973
    Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish singer
  • 1974
    Alenka Bikar, Slovenian athlete
  • 1974
    John Rich, American musician (Big & Rich)
  • 1975
    Tift Merritt, American singer songwriter
  • 1976
    Éric Gagné, Canadian baseball player
  • 1976
    Alfonso Soriano, Dominican baseball player
  • 1977
    Dustin Diamond, American actor
  • 1977
    John Gidding, American architect and TV host
  • 1977
    Michelle Behennah, British model
  • 1978
    Emilio Palma, first person born on the Antarctic continent
  • 1978
    Jean Charles de Menezes, Brazilian shooting victim (d. 2005)
  • 1978
    Kevin Mench, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Bipasha Basu, Indian model and actress
  • 1979
    Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress and model
  • 1979
    Ricardo Maurício, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1980
    Campbell Johnstone, New Zealand All Black rugby player
  • 1980
    Zöe Salmon, Northern Irish television presenter
  • 1981
    Alex Auld, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981
    Marquis Daniels, American basketball player
  • 1982
    Francisco Rodriguez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1982
    Hannah Stockbauer, German swimmer
  • 1982
    Ianina Zanazzi, Argentine racing driver
  • 1983
    Edwin Encarnación, Dominican baseball player (raised in Puerto Rico)
  • 1983
    Liesbeth Mouha, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • 1983
    Natalie Gulbis, American golfer
  • 1983
    Robert Ri'chard, American actor
  • 1984
    Antonino Saviano, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Diego Balbinot, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Jon Lester, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Lewis Hamilton, English F1 racing driver
  • 1985
    Wayne Routledge, English footballer
  • 1986
    Grant Leadbitter, English footballer
  • 1987
    Jimmy Smith, English footballer
  • 1987
    Lyndsy Fonseca, American actress
  • 1988
    Haley Bennett, American singer and actress
  • 1988
    Robert Sheehan, Irish actor
  • 1988
    Scott Pendlebury, Australian footballer
  • 1989
    Emiliano Insúa, Argentine footballer
  • 1990
    Camryn Grimes, American actress
  • 1990
    Elene Gedevanishvili, Georgian figure skater
  • 1990
    Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austrian ski jumper
  • 1990
    Liam Aiken, American actor
  • 1991
    Eden Hazard, Belgian footballer
  • 1991
    Max Morrow, Canadian actor

Who Died On January 7?

  • 1285
    King Charles I of Naples (b. 1226)
  • 1325
    King Dinis of Portugal (b. 1261)
  • 1400
    Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey, English politician (b. 1374)
  • 1451
    Count Amadeus VIII of Svoy (b. 1383)
  • 1536
    Catherine of Aragon, consort of Henry VIII of England (b. 1485)
  • 1566
    Louis de Blois, Flemish mystic (b. 1506)
  • 1619
    Nicholas Hilliard, English painter (b. c.1547)
  • 1625
    Ruggiero Giovannelli, Italian composer (b. c.1560)
  • 1655
    Pope Innocent X (b. 1574)
  • 1658
    Theophilus Eaton, American colonist (b. 1590)
  • 1694
    Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, English general (b. c.1618)
  • 1700
    Raffaello Fabretti, Italian antiquarian (b. 1618)
  • 1715
    François Fénelon, French-Catholic theologian and writer (b. 1651)
  • 1758
    Allan Ramsay, Scottish poet (b. 1686)
  • 1767
    Thomas Clap, 1st president of Yale University (b. 1703)
  • 1770
    Carl Gustaf Tessin, Swedish politician (b. 1695)
  • 1783
    William Tans'ur, English hymnist (b. 1700)
  • 1786
    Jean-Étienne Guettard, French physician and scientist (b. 1715)
  • 1812
    Joseph Dennie, American writer (b. 1768)
  • 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)
  • 1878
    François-Vincent Raspail, French chemist (b. 1794)
  • 1892
    Tewfik Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (b. 1852)
  • 1893
    Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist and mathematician (b. 1835)
  • 1904
    Emmanuel Rhoides, Greek writer and journalist (b. 1836)
  • 1913
    Jack Boyle, American baseball player (b. 1866)
  • 1919
    Henry Ware Eliot American industrialist and philanthropist (b. 1843)
  • 1920
    Sir Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1849)
  • 1927
    Nikolaos Kalogeropoulos, Greek politician (b. 1851)
  • 1932
    André Maginot, French eponym of the Maginot Line (b. 1877)
  • 1936
    Guy d'Hardelot, French composer, best known for Because (b. 1858)
  • 1943
    Nikola Tesla, Serbian-born inventor and electrical engineer (b. 1856)
  • 1944
    Lou Hoover, U.S. First Lady (b. 1874)
  • 1944
    Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet (b. 1888)
  • 1946
    Adamo Didur, Polish tenor (b. 1874)
  • 1951
    René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886)
  • 1953
    Osa Johnson, American explorer (b. 1894)
  • 1960
    Dorothea Douglass Chambers (aka Katharine Lambert Chambers), UK tennis player (b. 1878)
  • 1963
    Arthur Moore, Premier of Queensland (b. 1876)
  • 1964
    Cyril Davies, English musician (b. 1932)
  • 1966
    Allan Chapman, Scottish politician (b. 1897)
  • 1967
    Carl Schuricht, German conductor (b. 1880)
  • 1967
    David Goodis, American writer (b. 1917)
  • 1968
    Gholamreza Takhti, Iranian wrestler (b. 1930)
  • 1968
    Prof. James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)
  • 1972
    Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist (b. 1893)
  • 1972
    John Berryman, American poet (b. 1914)
  • 1980
    Larry Williams, American singer and songwriter (b. 1935)
  • 1981
    Alvar Lidell, UK radio broadcaster (b. 1908)
  • 1981
    Eric Robinson, Australian politician (b. 1926)
  • 1984
    Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1985
    Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
  • 1986
    Juan Rulfo, Mexican novelist (b. 1917)
  • 1986
    P. D. Eastman, American children’s book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 1988
    Michel Auclair, French actor (b. 1922)
  • 1988
    Trevor Howard, English actor (b. 1913)
  • 1989
    Hirohito, Emperor of Japan (b. 1901)
  • 1990
    Bronko Nagurski, American football player (b. 1908)
  • 1990
    Horace Stoneham, American baseball executive (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (The Muppets) (b. 1951)
  • 1995
    Murray Rothbard, American economist (b. 1926)
  • 1996
    Károly Grósz, Hungarian politician (b. 1930)
  • 1996
    Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (b. 1911)
  • 1998
    Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • 1998
    Vladimir Prelog, Croatian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 2000
    Gary Albright, American professional wrestler (b. 1963)
  • 2001
    James Carr, American Rhythm & Blues and soul musicians (b. 1942)
  • 2002
    Avery Schreiber, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 2002
    Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • 2004
    Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Eileen Desmond, Irish politician (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Pierre Daninos, French novelist (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1912)
  • 2007
    Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
  • 2007
    Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic-born television presenter (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • 2009
    Maria Dimitriadi, Greek singer (b. 1950)
  • 2010
    Willie Mitchell, American soul singer (b. 1928)
  • 2011
    Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)

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