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JANUARY 7

1827 Sandford Fleming (Scottish-Canadian Engineer Who Specialized in Designing Railways) Sandford Fleming Canada Railroads Time Zones
1871 Émile Borel (French Mathematician) French Scientists & Mathematicians Mathematics
1919 Dorothy Lavinia Brown (Pennsylvania-born African-American Surgeon) Pennsylvania Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Professionals African American Scientists & Mathematicians African-American Registry
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1610 Galileo First Observes Four of the Moons of Jupiter Galileo Galilei Jupiter Historic Firsts New York Times
1714 First Known Patent for a Typewriting Device Granted by Queen Anne of England to Henry Mill Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks Historic Firsts IBM
1785 A Frenchman and American Are the First to Cross the English Channel via Balloon. Hot-air Balloons European History Historic Firsts History Channel
1850 John R. Irvine Obtains a License to Operate a Ferry Across the Mississippi River at St. Paul, Minnesota's Upper Landing St. Paul, Minnesota Steamboats Mississippi River Minnesota Historical Society
1862 John H. Balsley Receives the First U.S. Patent for a Step Ladder Ohio Scientists and Inventors Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks Ohio Historical Society
1870 In Texas, the 475' Waco Suspension Bridge Opens for Traffic Across the Brazos River Waco, Texas Bridges Rivers Texas State Historical Association
1873 70 People Die as 75 mph Blizzard Winds and -49 °F Temperatures Hit Minnesota Minnesota Snow Wind Temperature Death Minnesota Historical Society
1879 The Delaware River Freezes, Allowing for Foot Traffic Between New Jersey and Delaware Rivers Temperature State of Delaware
1884 A California Judge Orders an End to Most Hydraulic Mining Due to the Severe Environmental Damage Caused by the Method California Earth and Envirnmental Science Business Law Learn California
1890 African-American Inventor, W.B. Purvis, Patents the Fountain Pen Pennsylvania Scientists & Mathematicians Patents and Trademarks Inventors and Inventions African-American Scientists & Mathematicians African-American Registry
1913 William M. Burton of Chicago, Illinois Patents Process for "Cracking" Petroleum to Produce Gasoline Chicago Scientists & Mathematicians Automobiles Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks Pierce Law Center USPTO
1927 Transatlantic Radio Telephone Service Is Inaugurated between New York and London New York City London The Telephone Historic Firsts History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy New York Times Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1929 A Detroit Businessman and His co-Pilot, Make the First Nonstop Detroit-to-Miami Flight in 9 Hours 20 Minutes Detroit Miami, Florida Aviation History Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1953 President Truman Announces the Existence of the Hydrogen Bomb President Harry Truman Nuclear Weapons World History History Channel Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1962 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 2 in Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Earthquake Death USGS
1968 NASA Launches, Surveyor 7, the Fifth and Final Spacecraft of the Surveyor Series to Achieve a Lunar Soft Landing Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1996 Historic Blizzard Paralyzes the Eastern United States: 100+ Die Snow Storms Death New York Times

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