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January 7, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 7 January

On the 7th of January –

The Channel/la Manche crossed through the air for the first time; Clara Haskil is born; Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed.

In 1785 cross-Channel air traffic began with the crossing in hot-air balloon bij Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries. They travelled from Dover to Calais in 2.5 hours. Not bad – compared to an EasyJet flight. National Weatherperson’s day (I’m not joking) is held in Jeffries’ honour on his birthday on the 5th of February.

1re traversée de la Manche par Pierre Blanchard [traversée en ballon en 1785, gravure] : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol]

Romanian pianist Clara Haskil was born in 1895 in Bucharest.
Clara Haskil in Geneva & Montreux

The campanile of the Pisa Cathedral, better known as the ‘leaning tower of Pisa’, is closed in 1990 because its incline has become even greater, and therefore dangerous to visitors. It was shored up and strengthened, and reopened again in 2001.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
At Europeana, we love Pisa – it is the home of our partners at CNR-ISTI, so we get to spend quite some time there. Great people, wonderful food.

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