Today in History, January 7th

By | January 7, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 7th!

1327 King Edward II of England is deposed.
1558 The French, under the Duke of Guise, finally take the port of Calais from the English.
1785 Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American Dr. John Jeffries make the first crossing of the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.

Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr. John Jeffries

Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr. John Jeffries

1800 Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States, was born in Summerhill, N.Y.
1807 Responding to Napoleon Bonaparte’s attempted blockade of the British Isles, the British blockade Continental Europe.
1865 Cheyenne and Sioux warriors attack Julesburg, Colo., in retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre.
1901 New York stock exchange trading exceeds two million shares for the first time in history.
1902 Imperial Court of China returns to Peking. The Empress Dowager resumes her reign.

Empress-Dowager

Empress Dowager

1918 The Germans move 75,000 troops from the Eastern Front to the Western Front.
1927 Commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.
1934 Six thousand pastors in Berlin defy the Nazis insisting that they will not be silenced.
1942 The World War II siege of Bataan began.
1944 The U.S. Air Force announces the production of the first jet-fighter, Bell P-59 Airacomet.
1945 U.S. air ace Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. is killed in the Pacific.
1952 French forces in Indochina launch Operation Violette in an effort to push Viet Minh forces away from the town of Ba Vi.
1953 President Harry S. Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.
1955 Singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, becoming the first black person to perform there as a member.
1959 The United States recognized Fidel Castro’s new government in Cuba.
1972 Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th members of the Supreme Court.
1975 Vietnamese troops take Phuoc Binh in new full-scale offensive.
1979 Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are overthrown when Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
1985 Vietnam seizes the Khmer National Liberation Front headquarters near the Thai border.
1989 Japanese Emperor Hirohito died at age 87.
1996 A major blizzard paralyzed the eastern United States, claiming more than 100 lives.
1997 Newt Gingrich became the first Republican re-elected House speaker in 68 years.
1999 President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial began in the Senate.
2005 Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston announced they were separating after four years of marriage.

pitt-anniston

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

2006 American journalist Jill Carroll was abducted in Iraq and a translator was killed. (Carroll was released unharmed after 82 days.)
2006 Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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