January 7th - On this day

🗓️ On This Day - January 7th

There's already been a whole week of the new year, how time flies! From a solar system shattering discovery, to the first international radio distress signal, January 7th has left many marks throughout the course of history. You don't need to look far, we've found the most interesting facts about January 7th.

On this day

facts about jupiter

By the moons of Jupiter!

On January 7th in 1610, Italian astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei discovered Io, Europa, Callisto & Ganymede, the first four moons of Jupiter.

At first, he thought there were only three moons as he struggled to differentiate between Europa and Io initially. This was a momentous discovery as it helped disprove the previous theory that the universe revolved around the Earth!

Connecting continents!

On January 7th, 1927, the first transatlantic telephone service was established, linking New York to London. This was a major step forward in the history of communication and technology, as it allowed people to speak directly to each other across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.

interesting facts about the leaning tower of pisa

The really leaning Tower of Pisa!

You’ve no doubt seen the funny photos of people pretending to push the lopsided tower upright. Well on January 7th, 1990, this popular tourist attraction needed some extra support! The Leaning Tower of Pisa leaned too far and was closed to the public while repairs were made to stabilize the building. It was reopened to the public in 2001.

Vintage Radio from the 1930s

Not Quite SOS.

In 1904, the Marconi Company established "CQD" as the first international radio distress signal. The "CQD" signal was used by ships in distress to call for help and was recognized by ships and coastal stations across the globe.

January 7th - On this day

Hot-foot it through the air!

Hot air ballooning took to new heights in 1785, as Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a French inventor, took his own balloon over the English Channel - from Dover to Guines - in just two and a half hours, on January 21st. Beats taking the Eurostar…!

Special Days Falling on January 7th

There’s plenty to celebrate on January 7th - here are just a few of the things that people enjoy on the seventh day of the New Year!
National Bobblehead Day - January 7th

National Bobblehead Day

Have you ever looked at a bobblehead and wondered if there was a day to celebrate their whimsy? Ok, that might not be something you’ve wondered - but the answer is yes! January 7th is officially National Bobblehead day. The day founded by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum honors the fun figurines which were invented in Germany around 100 years ago.

Santa Claus

Christmas Day (Julian/Orthodox)

If you’re an Orthodox Christian you will likely celebrate Christmas on January 7th. This celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ according to the Julian calendar, which predates the commonly used Gregorian calendar.

facts about farting

National Pass Gas Day

No… really. There’s a national day for farting, and it’s January 7th. Everyone passes between 17 and 68 oz of gas every day… it’s nothing to be ashamed of! However, we sincerely apologize if you’re celebrating your birthday on the same day as national farting acceptance!

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