January 7 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1610 Galileo Galilei discovers the first three moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa & Ganymede

1714 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

1941 Chinese Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire on the surrounded Communist New Fourth Army at Maolin, Anhui Province, killing or capturing 7,000 troops

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

1954 Georgetown-IBM experiment, 1st public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held at IBM’s head office in New York

1999 President Bill Clinton‘s impeachment trial begins in the US Senate after the House voted to impeach him for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky

Today’s Historical Events

754 Pope Stefanus II arrives in Ponthion

1325 Afonso IV succeeds Denis as King of Portugal

1558 Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by France

1566 Antonio “Michele” Ghislieri is elected Pope Pius V

1584 Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia and The 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

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1894 William K.L. Dickson captures “Fred Ott’s Sneeze” as a motion picture at Thomas Edison‘s Black Mariah Studio, West Orange, New Jersey [1]

1925 Musical “Big Boy” with Al Jolson premieres in NYC

1955 WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

1966 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion

1968 “GE College Bowl” quiz show premieres on NBC TV

1973 WNPB TV channel 13 in Marquette, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting

1982 TV series “Fame”, based on the film of the same name, starring Debbie Allen and an ensemble cast premieres on NBC TV

2001 27th People’s Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Drew Carey & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1842 Gioachino Rossini‘s cantata “Stabat Mater” premieres in Paris

1903 Vincent d’Indy‘s opera “L’etranger” premieres in Brussels

1950 “Happy as Larry” closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 3 performances

1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

1958 Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar

1966 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts

1970 Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by “Woodstock Festival”

1973 “Purlie” closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1899 Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier’s

1910 Stanley Cup, Dey’s Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (ON), 3-1 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series

1927 Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois

1932 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich

1936 Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m)

1947 Australia v England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882

1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

1955 20 year-old future world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson scores a 5th-round TKO of Willie Troy in a non-title super middleweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden