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7th January

1610 Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter with his newly invented telescope.

1785 The English Channel was crossed by air for the first time by a hot air balloon.

1789 The first national elections were held in the USA.

1844 * Marie-Bernard Soubirous, Saint Bernadette of Lourdes.

1912 * Charles Addams, New York cartoonist and author of the Addams Family.

1927 The first trans-Atlantic telephone service between New York and London opened.

1937 * Ian La Frenais, British screenwriter and producer.

1953 Harry Truman announced that the USA had developed the hydrogen bomb.

1964 * Nicholas Cage, US film actor.

1965 Identical twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray were in custody charged with running a protection racket.

1975 OPEC raised crude oil prices by 10% leading to world economic inflation.

1976 A British naval frigate HMS Andromeda was involved in another collision with an Icelandic gunboat the Thor in the Atlantic.

1979 Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge government.

1980 Indians voted Indira Gandhi back into power less than three years after rejecting her "emergency dictatorship".

1989 Japan's Emperor Hirohito died.

1990 For safety, the Leaning Tower of Pisa closed to the public for the first time since 1275.

2000 Former Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken was released from jail after serving less than half of his 18-month sentence.

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