What’s Happening Today?
Tricoulour Day. The flag of Italy (Italian: Bandiera d'Italia, Italian: [banˈdjɛːra diˈtaːlja]), often referred to in Italian as il Tricolore (Italian: [il trikoˈloːre]); is a tricolour featuring three equally sized vertical pales of green, white and red, with the green at the hoist side. Its current form has been in use since 18 June 1946 and was formally adopted on 1 January 1948.
Nanakua no sekku Day. The Festival of Seven Herbs or Nanakusa no sekku (Japanese: 七草の節句) is the long-standing Japanese custom of eating seven-herb rice porridge (nanakusa-gayu) on January 7.
What Happened Today?
In 1610, Galileo Galilei discovered the Galilean Moons. The Italian astronomer spotted the four largest moons of Jupiter that day: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
In 1927, the first transatlantic telephone service was established. A 3-minute call between New York and London cost about $45 USD, which is roughly $550 in today's dollars.
In 1989, Akihito was sworn in as Emperor of Japan. His accession to the throne followed the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito, on the same day.
1. 1964 – Nicholas Cage, American actor and filmmaker.
2. 1985 – Lewis Hamilton, British Formula Driver.
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