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.