January 7 in history: Many killed in attack on media house in Paris in 2015

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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.

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