Today in History Jan. 7: 18 years ago, US Senate begins President Clinton impeachment trial

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It was on this date of Jan. 7, 1999, thst the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton bergan in the US Senate in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Other key events on this date:

• 1610 Galileo discovers first three satellites of Jupiter, Io, Europa & Ganymede

• 1714 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

• 1953 US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb

• 1954 Georgetown-IBM experiment, the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.

Famous birthdays on Jan. 7:

  • 1950 Erin Gray, actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1951 Talgat Amangeldyyevich Musabayev, Russian mjr/cosmonaut (TM-19, TM-27)
  • 1952 Giuliano Ferrara, Italian politician, journalist and founding editor (Il Foglio)
  • 1953 Earl Wilber Force "Wire" Lindo, rocker (Bob Marley & the Wailers)
  • 1954 Alan Butcher, cricketer (one Test England v India, scored 14 & 20)
  • 1955 Sandra Bernhard, Arizona (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy)
  • 1956 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • 1957 Katie Couric, [Katherine], Arlington VA, TV news host (Today)
  • 1958 Donna Rice, model/Gary Hart's lover, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1959 Kathy Valentine, rocker (Go-Go's-We Got the Beat)
  • 1960 Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Broujerd
  • 1961 John Thune, American politician
  • 1962 Aleksandr Dugin, Russian politician
  • 1963 Craig Shipley, Australian/US baseball infielder (San Diego Padres)

Famous deaths on Jan 7:

  • 2000 Gary Albright, American professional wrestler (b. 1963)
  • 2002 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • 2004 Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Eileen Desmond, Irish politician (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1912)
  • 2007 Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
  • 2008 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Willie Mitchell, American soul singer (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Ibrahim Aslan, Egyptian author, dies from heart failure at 77
  • 2015 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88

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-- Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer®

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.