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Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS -

To­day is the sev­enth day of 2019 and the 18th day of win­ter.

TO­DAY’S HIS­TORY: In 1785, Jean-pierre Blan­chard and John Jef­fries crossed the English Chan­nel in a bal­loon.

In 1927, the first com­mer­cial trans-at­lantic tele­phone call was made be­tween Lon­don and New York City.

In 1955, Mar­ian An­der­son made her de­but at New York’s Metropoli­tan Opera House, be­com­ing the first African-amer­i­can to per­form there.

In 2015, gun­men killed 12 peo­ple at the Paris of­fices of the French satir­i­cal mag­a­zine Char­lie Hebdo.

TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAYS: Mil­lard Fill­more (1800-1874), 13th U.S. pres­i­dent; Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), au­thor; Fran­cis Poulenc (1899-1963), com­poser; Charles Ad­dams (1912-1988), car­toon­ist; Katie Couric (1957- ), TV news an­chor; Rand Paul (1963- ), politi­cian; Ni­co­las Cage (1964- ), ac­tor; John On­drasik aka Five for Fight­ing (1965- ), singer-song­writer; Jeremy Ren­ner (1971- ), ac­tor; John Rich (1974- ), singer-song­writer; Fran­cisco Ro­driguez (1982- ), base­ball player; Jon Lester (1984- ), base­ball player.

TO­DAY’S FACT: Mil­lard Fill­more, who as­sumed the pres­i­dency in 1850 upon the death of Zachary Tay­lor, was the last pres­i­dent from the Whig party. Fill­more sought re-elec­tion in 1852, but the Whig party nom­i­nated Gen. Win­field Scott in­stead.

TO­DAY’S SPORTS: In 1927, the Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters (who were ac­tu­ally from Chicago) played their first game in Hinck­ley, Illi­nois. The team didn’t play a game in Har­lem un­til 1968.

TO­DAY’S QUOTE: “Some­times, I feel dis­crim­i­nated against, but it does not make me an­gry. It merely as­ton­ishes me. How can any deny them­selves the plea­sure of my com­pany? It’s be­yond me.” — Zora Neale Hurston, “How It Feels to Be Col­ored Me”

TO­DAY’S NUM­BER: 2.5 hours — length of the first bal­loon trip across the English Chan­nel, which crossed at the chan­nel’s nar­row­est point (21 miles).

TO­DAY’S MOON: Be­tween new moon (Jan. 5) and first quar­ter moon (Jan. 13).

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