7th January

The events happened on 7th January are :

1610 : Galileo's discovery of Jupiter's four moons : During this month in 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo made the earthshaking discoveries that four moons revolve around Jupiter and that the telescope reveals many more stars than are visible to the naked eye.

2003 : By presidential decree, Christmas—this day on the Coptic Orthodox calendar—was celebrated for the first time as a national holiday in Egypt, an almost entirely Muslim country.

2001 : John Kufuor was inaugurated as president of Ghana in that country's first peaceful transition from one elected government to another.

1968 : Unmanned U.S. space probe Surveyor 7 was launched and, a few days later, made a soft landing on the Moon.

1955 : American contralto Marian Anderson first performed with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

1891 : Zora Neale Hurston, an American folklorist and writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance who celebrated black culture of the rural South, was born.

1844 : St. Bernadette, the French girl whose visions led to the founding of the shrine of Lourdes, was born in that town.

1800 : Millard Fillmore, the 13th U.S. president, was born.

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