Today in history 1/7/2017

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1/7/2017:

Today in history, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American Dr. John Jeffries make the first crossing of the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon in 1785.

Today in history, Imperial Court of China returns to Peking. The Empress Dowager (see picture below) resumes her reign in 1902.

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Today in history, Marian Anderson (see picture below) becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1955.

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Today in history, Japan launches its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, the first deep space probe launched by any nation other than the US or the USSR in 1985.

Today in history, Prince Akihito (see picture below) is sworn in as Emperor of Japan, following the death of his father, Hirohito in 1989.

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