ON THIS DAY: January 7, 2017

January 7th is


Bobblehead Day *

Harlem Globetrotters Day *

Tempura Day


Old Rock Day


MORE! Francis Bacon, Fannie Farmer, and Charles Addams, click



Many Orthodox Christians, including Copts, celebrate Christmas on this day

Armenia – Christmas Remembrance Holidayinternational Flags

Australia – Thredbo NSW: Craft Beer Festival

Cambodia – Victory Over Genocidal Regime

Peru – Tumbes: Independence Anniversary

Uruguay – Punta del Este: Summer Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

1355 – Thomas of Woodstock, first Duke of Gloucester, is born, leader of the Lords Appellant whose opposition successfully weakens the power of King Richard II; but Richard manages to dispose of the Lords Appellant in 1397, and Thomas is murdered while awaiting trial for treason, which adds even more to Richard’s unpopularity


1558 – Calais, last English possession on mainland France, is taken by the French

1610 –  Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons:  Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although not able to distinguish the last two until the following day


1618 – Francis Bacon becomes Lord Chancellor of England

1634 – Adam Krieger born, German organist and composer

1782 – The Bank of North America opens, the first American commercial bank

1785 – Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel in a gas balloon from Dover to Calais, France, first air-crossing of the English Channel

1797 – The modern Italian flag is first used


1827 – Sandford Fleming born, Scottish-Canadian engineer, inventor of “Cosmic Time’ worldwide standard time system, and time zones

1831 – Heinrich von Stephan born, German Empire general post director who founded the Universal Postal Union


1835 – HMS Beagle drops anchor at the Chonos Archipelago off the Chilean coast

1876 – William Hurlstone born, English pianist and composer

1891 – Zora Neale Hurston born, African American anthropologist and author, Their Eyes Were Watching God


1894 – William Kennedy Dickson patents celluloid motion picture film

1896 – The Fannie Farmer Cookbook is published

1898 – Al Bowlly born in Mozambique, South African/British singer-songwriter-composer and band leader

1899 – Francis Poulenc born, French pianist and composer

1904 – The distress signal “CQD” is  announced by the Marconi International Marine Communication Company; Land telegraphs traditionally used “CQ”  for sécu from the French word sécurité – Marconi added the “D” for “distress.”  It is replaced two years later by “SOS”

1912 – Charles Addams born, American cartoonist, The Addams Family


1917 – Ulysses Kay is born, American composer

1919 – Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebel against the planned annexation of Montenegro by Serbia, but fail

1920 – The New York State Assembly suspends five duly elected Socialist assemblymen pending a hearing before a tribunal, by a vote of 140 to 6, with one Democrat supporting the Socialists. Civil libertarians, concerned citizens and the press protest the suspension of the Socialists, arguing that a majority party expelling elected members of minority parties from their councils sets a dangerous precedent in a democracy. The Socialists are expelled April 1, but all five are re-elected in a special election intended to replace them. Legislation written to exclude the Socialist Party from recognition as a political party, and altering the legislature’s oath-taking procedures so elected members could be excluded before being sworn is vetoed by Governor Al Smith

1922 – Dáil Éireann ratifies the Anglo-Irish Treaty by a 64–57 vote; the treaty establishes an Irish Free State within a year as a self-governing dominion

1922 – Jean-Pierre Rampal born, French flute player

1924 – George Gershwin completes “Rhapsody in Blue”

1927 – The first transatlantic telephone service is established from New York, New York to London

1927 – The Harlem Globetrotters * were founded as the Savoy Big Five by Abe Saperstein – they won the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1940

1929 – Buck Rogers makes his debut in the comics



1935 – Benito Mussolini and French Foreign minister Pierre Laval sign the Franco-Italian Agreement, but the French give only a small amount of land in eastern Africa and a desert area in the French Sahara, which increases Italian resentment of the division of German territory by France and England after WWI

1948 – Kenny Loggins born, American singer-songwriter

1949 – (Martha) Marshall Chapman born, American singer-songwriter

1950 – Juan Gabriel is born, Mexican singer-songwriter

1953 – U.S. President Truman announces development of the hydrogen bomb

1954 – The first public demonstration of a machine translation system developed jointly by Georgetown University and IBM, is held in the IBM New York head office

1955 – Contralto Marian Anderson becomes the first person of color to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera

1958 – Ant Farms go on sale. Milton Levine got the idea at a July 4th family picnic

1959 – Kathy Valentine born, American bass player-songwriter, The Go-Go’s

1968 – The unmanned lunar lander Surveyor 7 lifts off from Cape Canaveral on a mission to transmit photographs from the Moon’s surface to Earth

1979 – Vietnamese forces capture Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government

1980 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation

1984 – Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

1985 – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Japan’s first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, the first deep space probe launched by a country other than the U.S. or the Soviet Union

1990 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa’s accelerated rate of leaning causes safety concerns, and it is closed to the public


1997 – The Spice Girls debut single “Wannabe” is released in the U.S.

1999 – The Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Bill Clinton begins

2013 – Rihanna’s single “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko is released in the U.K.

2015 – First Bobblehead Day * is celebrated at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame


  • Tempura
  • Old Rock Day poster
  • International flags
  • Thomas of Woodstock
  • Galileo with telescope
  • Modern Italian flag
  • Benin postage stamp honoring Universal Postal Union
  • Zora Neale Hurston with pain quote
  • The Addams Family cartoon
  • The Adventures of Buck Rogers
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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