Saturday, January 7, 2012

January 7 in History

January 7 is the Festival of Seven Herbs (Nanakusa no sekku) in Japan
  • 1608 – Fire destroyed Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America.
  • 1610 – Galileo Galilei observed three of the four largest moons of Jupiter for the first time.
  • 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opened.
  • 1894 – W.K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film.
  • 1904 – The first distress signal for radio, “CQD,” was established, but replaced 2 years later by "SOS.”
  • 1920  – The New York State Assembly refused to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen.
  • 1927 – The first transatlantic telephone service was established between New York City and London.
  • 1952 – President Harry Truman announced that the United States had developed the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1980 – President Jimmy Carter authorized legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
  • 1985 – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft, becoming only the third nation to do so.
  • 1999 – The Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton began.

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