1941, 7 January - World War II: North Africa
British troops capture Torbruk airport.
1943, 7 January - World War II: North Africa
Oum-el-Araneb, the main Axis base in south Libya, is captured by General Philippe Leclerc's Free French troops.
1987, 7 January
The British army suggests that 600 troops returning from tour in Kenya should take an AIDS test.