On This Day for 7th February

Historical Events

  • 1238 The Mongols burn the Russian city of Vladimir.
  • 1301 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes first (English) prince of Wales
  • 1842 Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
  • 1856 The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the first piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.
  • 1991 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.

Did You Know?

Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"

On February 7th, 1839

Famous Weddings

  • 1901 Queen Wilhelmina marries Prince Heinrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • 1925 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (29) weds actress Estelle Taylor (30)
  • 1931 Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (33) weds publisher George Palmer Putnam (43) in Noank, Connecticut
  • 1988 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens
  • 2009 Actress and skating champ Kristy Swanson (39) weds 1993 World Pair Skater Champion Lloyd Eisler (45) at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California