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Today is Day 7 of 2024

Distaff Day
The day after the Feast of the Epiphany when in medieval times women went back to spinning after the Christmas holidays.

Festival of Seven Herbs or Nanakusa no sekku is a traditional Japanese custom of eating a seven-herb rice porridge on January 7.

Thirteenth President of the US, Millard Filmore born in Cayuga County, New York State.

Bernadette Soubirous, the French girl whose visions led to the founding of the shrine of Lourdes, was born in Lourdes, France.

Thomas Stevens became the first person tocircumnavigate the world by bicycle.

British dance band vocalist Al Bowlly born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique.

Folklorist/writer Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) born in Notasulga, Alabama.


New Yorker Cartoonist Charles Addams (The Addams Family) born in Westfield, New Jersey.

Naturalist and writer Gerald Durrell, (My Family and Other Animals) born in Jamshedpur, British India.

Writer William Peter Blatty (The Exorcist) born in New York City.

Playwrite and poet Samuel Beckett is stabbed in the chest in the midnight streets of Paris by a pimp known as Prudent.
He will survive but decline to press charges.

Serbian-American physicist and engineer Nikola Tesla dies alone in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel.
He was 86 ears old.

Sadako Sasaki born in Kusunoki, Yamaguchi, Japan.
She is the most famous survivor (called a hibakusha in Japan – meaning "bomb-affected person") of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II.
She is known for the one thousand origami cranes she folded before her death at age 12.

Writer Nicholson Baker (The Anthologist) born in New York City.

Poet John Berryman jumps off the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis into the Mississippi river - a suicide at 58.

Prince Akihito becomes emperor of Japan after the death of his father Hirohito.
This brings to a close the Shõwa era in Japan.

The Senate trial in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton begins.

Twelve people are killed, and eleven others are wounded when two gunmen attack the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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