Bengaluru, Jan 7: Today is Wednesday, January 7, 2014. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past:
1785: Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American Dr John Jeffries cross the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.
1807: Retaliating to Napoleon Bonaparte's attempted blockade of the British Isles, the British imposed a blockade on Continental Europe.
1901: New York stock exchange trading exceeds 2 million shares for the first time in history.
1918: The Germans move 75,000 troops from the Eastern Front to the Western Front.
1944: The US Air Force announced the production of the first jet-fighter, Bell P-59 Airacomet.
1955: Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.1956: Cricketer Vinoo Mankad scored 231 vs New Zealand and put up 413 in opening stand with Pankaj Roy.
1979: Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge were overthrown when Vietnamese troops seized the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
1980: US President Jimmy Carter signed legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to salvage Chrysler Corporation.
1985: Vietnam seized the Khmer National Liberation Front headquarters near the Thai border.
Japan launched its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake.
1987: Kapil Dev took his 300th Test wicket. At 28, he was the youngest cricketer to accomplish this feat.
1989: Prince Akihito sworn in as Emperor of Japan following the death of his father Hirohito.
1990: Safety concerns over structural problems force the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be closed to the public.
1993: The Bosnian Army carried out a surprise attack on Kravica village in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.
1999: The impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton opened in the US Senate.
2015: Many people killed after multiple gunmen target a media house in Paris.