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7th January in History
1610 – Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able to distinguish the last two until the following day.
1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.
1785 – Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon.
1797 – The modern Italian flag is first used.
1894 – William Kennedy Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film.
1904 – The distress signal "CQD" is established only to be replaced two years later by "SOS".
1927 – The first transatlantic telephone service is established – from New York, New York to London, United Kingdom.
1931 – Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.
1948 – Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.
1985 – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union.
1990 – The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public for safety reasons.

Birthdays you are sharing with:
1947 – Shobhaa De, Indian journalist and author
1979 – Bipasha Basu, Indian model and actress
1985 – Lewis Hamilton, English race car driver


Festivals and holidays today:
Distaff Day (medieval Europe)
Festival of Seven Herbs or Nanakusa no sekku (Japan)
Pioneer's Day (Liberia (controversial))
Synaxis of John the Forerunner & Baptist (Julian Calendar)
Tricolour day or Festa del Tricolore (Italy)
Victory from Genocide Day (Cambodia)

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