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Today in History, January 7: What Happened That Day?


What happened today in history (January 7)? The birthdays of Irrfan Khan, Lewis Hamilton and Johnny Lever, the disappearance of Nikola Tesla, the first transatlantic phone call, the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, the start of the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton, etc.

This Day in History (January 7): Birth of Irrfan Khan and Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack

This Day in History (January 7): Birth of Irrfan Khan and Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack

Today in History, January 7: 2023 has just begun, and a week has already passed. Today is January 7. It looks like another cold winter day, which it is. But January 7 also holds a major place in the history of the world. Many important events took place on this day.

The births of one of India’s most beloved comic actors, an international acting phenom and one of the greatest racing car drivers of the century, the demise of an underrated inventor, the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo and the world’s first transatlantic phone call are some of the key events that occurred on January 7.

Keep reading to find out what happened on this day (January 7) in sports, politics and art, as well as famous birthdays and deaths in world history.

Historical events on this day

  • In 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei made his first observation of Jupiter’s four moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io, and Europa.
  • In 1738, Peshwa Bajirao and Jai Sing II signed a peace treaty after the Maratha triumph at the Battle of Bhopal.
  • In 1785, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a French gas balloon pioneer, traveled with American John Jeffries from England to France via the English Channel.
  • In 1927, the world’s first transatlantic telephone call was made.
  • In 1953, US President Harry S. Truman announced the development of the hydrogen bomb.
  • In 1959, the United States recognized the Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
  • In 1979, Vietnamese forces occupied the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, and dethroned Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot.
  • In 1999, the highly publicized impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton began in the Senate for his attempt to cover up his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
  • In 2015, two Islamist terrorists killed 12 people at the office of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris for its portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad cartoon.
  • In 2021, American business tycoon Elon Musk overtook Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest man with a net worth of $186 billion.

Sporting events today

  • In 1987, Indian cricketer and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev won his 300th Test wicket aged just 28, becoming the youngest player to do so.
  • In 2013, Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi was proclaimed the best football player in the world after winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the fourth consecutive time.

Artistic and cultural events today

  • In 1842, the cantata “Stabat Mater” by the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini was premiered in Paris.
  • In 1955, American contralto Marian Anderson became the first black person to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera.
  • In 2011, the Academy Award-winning film for best picture, The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, was released in the UK.

Notable DThat day


Year of death




Catherine of Aragorn, first wife of King Henry VIII of England



Ignacy Łukasiewicz, Polish engineer, businessman and inventor who built the first modern oil refinery and invented the kerosene lamp



Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist and engineer who is one of the most underrated inventors in history and is best known for developing alternating current and its applications



Hirohito, Emperor of Japan from 1927 to 1989



Stéphane Charbonnier, French cartoonist and editor-in-chief of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

Famous birthdays That day


year of birth




Gregory XIII, Italian pope (1572-85) who introduced the Gregorian calendar



Johnny Lever Indian Comic who is one of India’s premier stand-up comedians and is also known for starring over 300 Hindi movies like Dulhe Raja, Baadshah and Mela



Nicolas Cage, American actor known for hit movies like Con Air, The Rock, and National Treasure



Irrfan Khan, Indian actor who gained international recognition for his performance in films like The Lunchbox, Paan Singh Tomar and Jurassic World



Jeremy Renner, American actor known for starring in the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker and playing Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe



Bipasha Basu, Indian actress best known for her roles in horror and erotic films like Raaz, Ajnabee, Jism and Alone



Lewis Hamilton, English racing car driver who holds the record for most Formula One victories and World Drivers’ Championship titles

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