Holidays Calendar for January 7, 2016

7 January is Merelots, the Remembrance Day of the Dead that is observed in the Armenian Apostolic Church. This holiday is observed five times as far as it follows five major religious holidays.

7 January is Pioneer's Day in Liberia. Although this is a public holiday, its celebration is controversial.

January 7 is a very important holiday for Cambodia. This is Victory over Genocide Day (Cambodia Victory Day) that marks the end of the genocide that lasted from 1975 till 1979.

January 7 is Christmas in the Eastern Orthodox Church that use Julian calendar. This holiday corresponds to Christmas celebrated by all Western churches that falls on December 25.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: David R. Ellis, American actor, stuntman and director. His most known works are The Final Destination and The Final Destination 2.
  • 1998 Died: Vladimir Prelog, Croatian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate. He received Noble Prize in Chemistry in 1975 for his research into the stereochemistry of organic molecules and reaction.
  • 1988 Died: Trevor Howard, English actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role winner for the The Key. Known for work in films Mutiny on the Bounty, Father Goose, Morituri, Seperman, Gandhi, The Dawning.
  • 1985 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched Sakigake. That interplanetary spacecraft and deep space probe was the first one launched by any other country than the U.S. or the Soviet Union.
  • 1984 Died: Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate. He received Noble Prize for the discovery and development of optical methods for studying Hertzian resonances in atoms.
  • 1980 Died: Larry Williams, American rhythm and blues singer, songwriter, pianist, and producer. John Lennon was his fan and the Beatles as well as several other groups covered his songs.
  • 1971 Born: Jeremy Renner, American actor. Best known for the role as Hawkeye in The Avengers. Also appeared in Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, American Hustle.
  • 1964 Born: Nicolas Cage, American actor, producer, and director. He performs leading roles in a variety of films: romantic comedies and dramas, science fiction and action films.
  • 1955 Contralto Marian Anderson became the first person of color who performed Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at the Metropolitan Opera.
  • 1954 The first public demonstration of a machine translation system (known as Georgetown-IBM experiment) was held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • 1946 Born: Jann Wenner, American publisher. He is known as the co-founder of biweekly Rolling Stone and is the current owner of US Weekly and Men's Journal.
  • 1943 Died: Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist and engineer. He's best known for his contribution to the modern AC electricity supply system.
  • 1943 Born: Sadako Sasaki, Japanese victim of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sadako was just 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped near her home in Hiroshima. She is remembered through the story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and is a symbol of innocent victims of war.
  • 1931 Guy Menzies flied the first solo flight from Australia to New Zealand. The flight took 11 hours and 45 minutes and ended with crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast. Menzies survived that crash.
  • 1927 Transatlantic telephone service is established. This very first service connected New York and London.
  • 1925 Born: Gerald Durrell, Indian-English zookeeper, conservationist and author. He founded Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey, that is concentrated on rare and endangered species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
  • 1922 Born: Jean-Pierre Rampal, French flute player. He is known as one of the most famous flautists.
  • 1919 Died: Henry Ware Eliot American businessman and philanthropist, the co-founder of a private research university Washington University in St. Louis.
  • 1904 The "CQD", the distress signal, was established. It was replaced by "SOS" two years later.
  • 1894 William Kennedy Dickson received a patent for motion picture film.
  • 1878 Died: François-Vincent Raspail, French chemist. He was one of the founders of the cell theory in biology. Also known as the early advocate of the use of antisepsis and better sanitation.
  • 1873 Born: Thomas Henry Ismay, English businessman, the founder of White Star Line, prominent British shipping company. Its most famous vessels are Oceanic, Titanic and Britannic.
  • 1873 Born: Adolph Zukor, Hungarian film producer, the founder of Paramount Pictures.
  • 1834 Born: Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist and inventor. He invented and constructed the first make-and-brake telephone that today is called Reis telephone.
  • 1830 Died: Thomas Lawrence, English painter, a leading English portrait painter and president of the Royal Academy.
  • 1827 Born: Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer. He divided world into 24 time zones each covering 15 degrees of longitude, thus creating Universal Standard Time.
  • 1785 Jean-Pierre Blanchard (Frenchman) and John Jeffries (American) traveled from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon.
  • 1782 The Bank of North America, the first American bank, was opened.
  • 1619 Galileo Galilei made his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa. He couldn't distinguish the last two moons until the following day.
  • 1451 Died: Amadeus VIII, known as Antipope Felix V. He was the last antipope in world history.