1558 – France took Calais on the 7th January 1558, the last continental possession of England.
1610 – Galileo Galilei made his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa on the 7th January 1610, although he was not able distinguish the last 2 until the following day.
1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opened on the 7th January 1782.
1785 ~ Jean-Pierre Blanchard from France and John Jeffries from America travelled from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon on the 7th January 1785, making the pair the world’s first international air travelers.
1797 – The modern Italian flag was first used on the 7th January 1797.
1894 – William Kennedy Dickson received a patent for motion picture film on the 7th January 1894.
1904 – The distress signal “CQD” was established on the 7th January 1904, only to be replaced 2 years later by “SOS“.
1927 – The first transatlantic telephone service was established on the 7th January 1927, from New York to London, England.
1931 – Guy Menzies flew the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight on the 7th January 1931, from Australia to New Zealand in 11 hours and 45 minutes, then crash-landing on New Zealand’s west coast.
1948 – Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashed while in pursuit of a supposed UFO on the 7th January 1948.
1954 – Georgetown-IBM experiment: the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, was held in New York at the head office of IBM on the 7th January 1954.
1986 ~ Megan Washington the Australian musician and songwriter was born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on the 7th January 1986. Megan Washington officially online: WashingtonMusic.com.au | Facebook.com/WashingtonMusic | Twitter.com/WashingtonX | itunes.apple.com/au/artist/Washington | YouTube.com/WashingtonVevo | YouTube video: Washington – Holy Moses (2011)…
1990 – The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public on the 7th January 1990, because of safety concerns.
1999 – The Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton began on the 7th January 1999.
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