Today in History

  • Friday, January 7, 2011 12:01am
  • Life

Today is Friday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2011. There are 358 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Jan. 7, 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.

On this date:

In 1608, a fire devastated the Jamestown settlement in the Virginia Colony.

In 1610, astronomer Galileo Galilei began observing three of Jupiter’s moons; he spotted a fourth moon almost a week later.

In 1894, one of the earliest motion picture experiments took place at the Thomas Edison studio in West Orange, N.J., as Fred Ott was filmed taking a pinch of snuff and sneezing.

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