7 January

January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 358 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about January 7th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 7th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Tempura Day
  • Old Rock Day
  • I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
  • Harlem Globetrotters Day
  • National Bobblehead Day

Historic Events

1989: Akihito is sworn in as Emperor of Japan

His accession to the throne followed the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito, on the same day.

1979: The Khmer Rouge government of Cambodia is overthrown

Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh that day.

1927: The first transatlantic telephone service is established

A 3-minute call between New York and London cost about $45 USD, which is roughly $550 in today’s dollars.

1785: Hot air balloon crosses the English Channel

French inventor Jean-Pierre Blanchard took about 2½ hours to fly from Dover (UK) to Guînes (France).

1610: Galileo Galilei discovers the Galilean Moons

The Italian astronomer spotted the four largest moons of Jupiter that day: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

Famous Birthdays

1991: Eden Hazard, Belgian footballer

1985: Lewis Hamilton, English race car driver

1967: Nick Clegg, English politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1964: Nicolas Cage, American actor, producer, director

1943: Sadako Sasaki, Japanese victim of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Heartbreaking Deaths

1995: Murray Rothbard, American economist, historian

1989: Hirohito, Japanese Emperor

1951: René Guénon, French/Egyptian author

1943: Nikola Tesla, Serbian/American physicist, engineer

1536: Catherine of Aragon

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