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1618Francis Bacon becomes Lord Chancellor of England

200127th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

1862Romney Campaign; Stonewall Jackson march towards Romney, WV

1953US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb

1904Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st intl radio distress signal

1959US recognizes Fidel Castro's Cuban government

1963The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

1998Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton

1987Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

2013Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the third consecutive year

1999Impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton begins in the US Senate.

2007Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

1610Galileo discovers 1st 3 Jupiter satellites, Io, Europa & Ganymede

1986US President Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya

1948US president Harry Truman raises taxes for the Marshall Plan

1959American gangster Meyer Lansky flees Cuba for the Bahamas due to the Cuban Revolution and rise of Fidel Castro

200935th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV)

1982Islander's Bryan Trottier's 10th career hat trick

1983President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

1698Russian Tsar Peter the Great departs Netherlands for England

January 7th Historical Events
Date Event
754
Pope Stefanus II arrives in Ponthion 
1325
Afonso IV succeeds Dionysius as King of Portugal 
1558
Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by French 
1566
Antonio "Michele" Ghislieri is elected Pope Pius V 
1579
England signs an offensive & defensive alliance with Netherland 
1584
Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia & Holy Roman empire 
1598
Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodor I 
1601
Robert, Earl of Essex, leads revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth 
1608
Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia 
1610
Galileo discovers 1st 3 Jupiter satellites, Io, Europa & Ganymede 
1618
Francis Bacon becomes Lord Chancellor of England 
1622
Germany & Transylvania sign Peace of Nikolsburg 
1654
Fire after heavy storm destroys two thirds of De Rijp Netherlands, 1 person dies 
1698
Russian Tsar Peter the Great departs Netherlands for England 
1714
Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later) 
1761
Battle at Panipat India: Afghan army beats Mahratten 
1782
1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia 
1784
1st US seed business established by David Landreth, Philadelphia 
1785
1st balloon flight across English Channel (Jean Pierre Blanchard & John Jeffries) 
1797
The modern Italian flag is first used. 
1817
2nd Bank of US opens 
1822
1st printing in Hawaii 
1822
Liberia colonized by Americans 
1830
1st US Railroad Station opens (Baltimore) 
1835
HMS Beagle anchors off Chonos Archipelago 
1842
Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris 
1861
Florida troops takeover Fort Marion at St Augustine (US Civil War) 
1862
Battle of Manassas Junction, VA 
1862
Romney Campaign; Stonewall Jackson march towards Romney, WV 
1868
Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock 
1868
Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson 
1888
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear" (BG) 
1890
W B Purvis patents fountain pen 
1892
Mine explosion kills 100 in Krebs, Oklahoma; blacks trying to help rescue white survivors, driven away with guns 
1893
Hermann Sudermanns "Heimat," premieres in Berlin 
1894
Early 5 second film of Fred Ott sneezing shot by Edison Manufacturing - 1st ever copyrited 
1896
Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book" 
1899
Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier's 
1903
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Blanched Soldier" (BG) 
1903
Vincent d'Indy's opera "L'etranger," premieres in Brussel 
1904
Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st intl radio distress signal 
1907
Clyde Fitch' "Truth," premieres in NYC 
1908
England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG 
1910
Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators sweep Galt (Ont) in 2 games 
1911
1st airplane bombing experiments with explosives, SF 
1911
Dutch Scouts Organization established in Amsterdam 
1913
William M Burton patents a process to "crack" petroleum 
1914
1st steamboat passes through Panama Canal 
1916
German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun 
1916
In response to pressure from President Wilson, Germany notifies the State Department that it will abide by strict international rules of maritime warfare 
1919
The Industrial and Commercial Workers` Union of South Africa is founded, led by Clements Kadalie 
1923
Baltimore Sun warns of Ku Klux Klan 
1925
Musical "Big Boy" with Al Jolson premieres in NYC 
1927
Commercial transatlantic telephone service inaugurated between NY & London 
1927
Harlem Globetrotters play 1st game (Hinckley, Illinois) 
1929
"Buck Rogers," 1st sci-fi comic strip, premieres 
1929
"Tarzan," one of the 1st adventure comic strips, 1st appears 
1930
Edwin Justus Mayer's "Children of Darkness," premieres in NYC 
1930
Marguerite Perey discovers Fr (francium), the last naturally occurring element to be found 
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. 
1932
1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich 
1933
1st edition of People & Fatherland published in Netherlands 
1934
"Flash Gordon" comic strip (by Alex Raymond) debuts 
1935
Zoe Akins' "Old Maid," premieres in NYC 
1936
Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m) 
1939
US worker's union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916) 
1942
WW II siege of Bataan starts 
1944
US Air Force announces production of 1st US jet fighter, the Bell P-59 
1945
Lord Haw-Haw reports total German victory in the Ardennes 
1945
The last surface engagement between Allies and Japanese in the Pacific campaign, World War II 
1946
Cambodia becomes autonomous state inside French Union 
1947
Aust v Eng at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Aust since 1882 
1948
US president Harry Truman raises taxes for the Marshall Plan 
1949
1st photo of genes taken at U of S California by Pease & Baker 
1950
"Happy as Larry" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances 
1950
Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry" 
1950
Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 (Davenport Ia) 
1952
French Plevin government falls 
1953
US President Harry Truman announces American development of 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. 
1955
Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (NYC) 
1955
WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1956
Vinoo Mankad scores 231 v NZ, 413 opening stand with Roy 
1958
USSR reduces army to 300,000 
1959
US recognizes Fidel Castro's Cuban government 
1959
American gangster Meyer Lansky flees Cuba for the Bahamas due to the Cuban Revolution and rise of Fidel Castro 
1961
1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16 
1961
Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps 
1962
AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 47-27 
1962
Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian president Sukarno 
1962
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock 
1963
1st class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents 
1963
The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired 
1964
Bahamas becomes self-governing 
1964
Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game in air (Boeing 707) 
1965
France announces it will convert $150 million of its currency to gold 
1966
Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts 
1966
Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA champ 
1967
"Newlywed Game" premieres on ABC TV 
1968
"GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV 
1968
1st class postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents 
1969
US Congress doubles president salary 
1970
Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by "Woodstock" 
1971
-40°F (-40°C), Hawley Lake, Ariz (state record) 
1972
Iberian Airlines crashes into 800ft peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die 
1972
LA Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record) 
1972
Lewis F Powell Jr becomes a Supreme Court Justice 
1972
William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice 
1972
LA Lakers 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Bucks 120-104 
1973
"Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances 
1973
British Darts Organisation founded in North London 
1973
Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational 
1973
Johnny Watkins bowls six overs 0-21 v Pakistan Never again 
1973
US poet James Merrill wins Bollingen Prize 
1973
WNPB TV channel 13 in Marquette, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1974
Gasoline rationed in Netherlands 
1975
"Shenandoah" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 1050 performances 
1975
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to AR Ammons (Sphere) 
1975
Gary Geld & Peter Udell's musical "Shenandoah," premieres in NYC 
1975
Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert causing $30,000 damage 
1977
Human Rights Charter 77 established in Prague 
1978
Angola revises its constitution 
1979
Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge 
1980
Minn ends Phila Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends 
1982
"Fame" premieres on NBC TV 
1982
Islander's Bryan Trottier's 10th career hat trick 
1983
Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England 
1983
President Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala 
1984
Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 
1985
"King & I" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances 
1985
Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley's comet 
1985
KHQ-AM in Spokane WA changes call letters to KLSN (now KAQQ) 
1985
Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm, elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame 
1986
Netherlands Bank issues 250 guilder notes 
1986
STS 61-C mission scrubbed at T -9m because of weather problems 
1986
US President Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya 
1987
French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum 
1987
Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest 
1989
Akhito becomes emperor of Japan 
1989
International Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris 
1989
NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers longest win streak (11) 
1989
Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record 
1990
Lynn Jennings runs world record indoor 5km indoor at 15:22.64 
1990
Tower of Pisa closed to the public after leaning too far 
1991
"Nia Peeples Party Machine" premieres on TV 
1991
Saddam Hussein prepares his troops for what he says will be a long violent war against the US 
1992
AT&T releases video-telephone ($1,499) 
1992
Last day of Test cricket for Imran Khan 
1992
Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame 
1993
The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President. 
1994
South Africa beat Australia in the Sydney Test by 5 runs 
1994
US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding 
1994
United Express commuter plane crashes in Ohio, killing 5 
1995
"Christmas Carol" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 18 perfs 
1995
"Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 280 performances 
1996
"Crazy after You" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1622 perfs 
1996
"Fool Moon" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after * performances 
1996
16th United Negro College Fund raises $12,600,000 
1997
Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the US House of Representatives 
1998
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signs affidavit denying she had an affair with President Bill Clinton 
1999
Impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton begins in the US Senate. 
2001
27th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV) 
2007
Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins 
2009
35th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV) 
2012
Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11 
2013
Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the third consecutive year 
2016
Pat Harrington, Schneider on 'One Day at a Time,' dead at 86 
2017
Israel cuts $6 million in UN funding over settlements resolution 
2017
Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds laid to rest, side by side 
2017
Putin ordered hacking to help Trump, intelligence report says 
2017
Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: Five people shot dead by Florida gunman 
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