Monday, January 7, 2019

From Historynet: Today in History January 7

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 Image result for jean-pierre blanchard and American Dr. John Jeffries Image result for Dr. John Jeffries make the first crossing of the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.

1807          Responding to Napoleon Bonaparte's Image result for Napoleon Bonaparte 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 Image result for The Empress Dowager esumes her reign.

1918          The Germans move 75,000 troops from the Eastern Front to the Western Front.

1934          Six thousand pastors in Berlin defy the Nazis insisting that they will not be silenced.

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. Image result for 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.

1955          Marian Anderson Image result for Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.

1975          Vietnamese troops take Phuoc Binh in new full-scale offensive.

1979          Pol Pot Image result for Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are overthrown when Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

1980          US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation providing $1.5 billion in loans to salvage Chrysler Corporation.

1985          Vietnam seizes the Khmer National Liberation Front headquarters near the Thai border.

1985          Japan launches its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, the first deep space probe launched by any nation other than the US or the USSR.

1989          Prince Akihito Image result for Prince Akihito is sworn in as Emperor of Japan, following the death of his father, Hirohito.

1990          Safety concerns over structural problems force the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be closed to the public.

1993          The Bosnian Army carries out a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.

1999          The impeachment trial of US President 
Bill Clinton Image result for Bill Clinton opens in the US Senate.

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