Historical Events on 7th February

  • 457 Leo I becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1074 Battle of Montesarchio in which the prince of Benevento, Pandulf IV, is killed battling the encroaching Normans.
  • 1238 The Mongols burn the Russian city of Vladimir.
  • 1301 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes first (English) prince of Wales
  • 1522 Treaty of Brussels: Habsburgers split into Spanish and Austrian Branches
  • 1550 Giovanni Maria del Monte elected Pope Julius III

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1569 King Philip II forms Inquisition in South America

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1613 Michail Romanov (aged 16) becomes Tsar of Russia
  • 1639 Academie Francaise begins Dictionary of French Language
  • 1653 Nicolas Fouquet appointed superintendant of Finance of France
  • 1668 Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of "Ballet of Peace"
  • 1792 Austria & Prussia sign anti-French covenant
  • 1792 D Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto" premieres in Vienna
  • 1795 11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified, affirms power of states
  • 1795 Dutch Prince William V accepts British occupation of Dutch Indies
  • 1812 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
  • 1812 Poet Lord Byron (6th Baron Byron) makes his maiden speech in House of Lords
  • 1818 1st successful US educational magazine "Academician" begins (NYC)
  • 1827 Ballet (Deserter) introduced to US at Bowery Theater (NYC)
  • 1831 Belgium adopts its Constitution

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1836 "Sketches by Boz" (essays) published by Charles Dickens

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

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1839 Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 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.
  • 1862 Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island NC
  • 1863 HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189.
  • 1864 Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1872 Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College opens
  • 1876 Pres Grant's private-secretary Orville acquitted in Whiskey Ring
  • 1877 1st Guernsey Cattle Club organizes (NYC)
  • 1881 Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal: Boers beat superior British forces
  • 1882 Last bare knuckle champion John L Sullivan KOs Paddy Ryan in Miss
  • 1883 Lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes founds Fort Bamako Niger
  • 1884 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1889 Astronomical Society of Pacific holds 1st meeting in SF
  • 1891 Great Blizzard of 1891 begins in England
  • 1894 The Cripple Creek miner's strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
  • 1900 British troops vacate Vaal Krantz, Natal
  • 1903 VVV '03 Soccer team forms in Venlo
  • 1904 Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
  • 1905 Dominican Rep signs treaty turning over customs collection to US
  • 1907 The Mud March was the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
  • 1907 Conservative coalition take over Reichstag in Germany after rallying conservatives against the threat of a socialist government

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1908 Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1910 Edmond Rostand's "Chantecler" premieres in Paris
  • 1912 2nd Dutch 11 city skate (Coen de Koenig wins (11:40)

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1914 Charlie Chaplin debuts "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1914 Steel work completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, SF
  • 1915 1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received
  • 1915 2nd Battle of Masurian Lakes: German armies surrounded a Russian army
  • 1920 Admiral Kolchak surrenders to Bolshevik troops and is executed
  • 1922 John Willard's "Cat & the Canary" premieres in NYC

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1924 Benito Mussolini government exchanges diplomats with USSR

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1928 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
  • 1931 US opera "Peter Ibbetson" by Deems Taylor premieres at Met Opera NYC
  • 1933 Colonial troops in Suriname kill 2 demonstrators
  • 1933 Social-Dem meeting in Berlin "As thousands cheer" Marxism is dead
  • 1934 1st contract for TVA power, Tupelo, Miss
  • 1936 A flag is authorized for US Vice President
  • 1936 Felix the Cat, Cartoon Character, by Van Beuren from Otto Messmer
  • 1940 British railways nationalized

Film release premierFilm Premier

1940 Walt Disney's second feature length movie, "Pinocchio" premieres (NYC)

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney

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1941 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • 1942 1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8")
  • 1943 Shoe rationing begins in US (may purchase up to 3 more pairs in 1942)

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1944 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1944 Germans launch counteroffensive at Anzio Italy

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1945 General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1945 Harry Truman appoints Irwin C Mollison judge of US Customs Court
  • 1945 US 76th/5th Infantry divisions begin crossing Sauer
  • 1945 London, Washington and Moscow discuss final phase of World War II
  • 1946 Filibuster in US Senate kills FEPC bill
  • 1947 Arabs & Jews reject British proposal to split Palestine
  • 1948 "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater NYC after 34 performances

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1948 Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1949 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1950 Georges Bidault forms French government
  • 1950 Sen Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US Department of State (equiv. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • 1950 US & Great Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime
  • 1958 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
  • 1958 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
  • 1958 Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
  • 1959 "Whoop-Up" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1959 Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution
  • 1959 Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air)
  • 1959 Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
  • 1960 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea

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1961 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • 1962 Gas explosion in Luisanthal coal mine Voelklingen Germany kills 298

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1962 US President JFK begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports.

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962 Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational
  • 1964 Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream
  • 1964 Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour

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1964 Cassius Clay converts to Islam, and is renamed Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1964 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres

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1965 George Harrison's tonsils removed

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1965 Operations begin at Grupo Folklorico Antiyano on Curacao
  • 1965 US begins regular bombing & strafing of N Vietnam
  • 1965 WVIZ TV channel 25 in Cleveland, Ohio (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 A fire at a restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama kills 25 people.

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1968 Arthur Miller's "Price" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • 1968 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
  • 1968 WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1969 "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones

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1969 Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1969 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)
  • 1969 The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service.
  • 1970 "Hollywood Palace" last airs on ABC TV
  • 1970 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies
  • 1970 LSU's "Pistol" Pete Marovich scores 69 pts in losing cause
  • 1970 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • 1970 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • 1971 Switzerland votes in women's suffrage
  • 1973 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 1973 Senate createse Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • 1973 The United Loyalist Council hold a one-day strike to "re-establish some sort of Protestant or loyalist control over the affairs of the province"; loyalist paramilitaries forcibly tried to stop many people going to work and to close any businesses that had opened, North Ireland
  • 1974 Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)

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1974 Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
  • 1974 UK Prime Minister Edward Heath calls for a general 'snap' election in the midst of a protracted miners strike
  • 1974 The Symbionese Liberation Army claim responsibility for the for kidnapping of Patty Hearst, daughter of Randolph Hearst
  • 1975 NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1976 Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points in a game

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1976 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York)
  • 1976 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
  • 1976 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
  • 1977 Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
  • 1978 Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
  • 1979 "Supertrain", TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
  • 1979 Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds pres Boumedienne in Algeria
  • 1979 Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI v India at Kanpur
  • 1979 Pink Floyd premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles
  • 1982 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • 1982 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
  • 1983 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
  • 1984 Bruce McCandless makes 1st untethered space walk (US)
  • 1984 David (born without immunity system) at 12, touches mom for 1st time

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1984 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1985 "New York, New York" became the official anthem of NYC
  • 1985 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
  • 1985 NY Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
  • 1986 US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas

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1986 Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1986 Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • 1987 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93
  • 1987 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US

Music release#1 in the Charts

1987 Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1987 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • 1987 Police in South Korea make hundreds of arrests during protest demonstrations, the country's biggest for 6 years, after a student died in custody
  • 1988 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
  • 1988 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6
  • 1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • 1989 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton

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1989 Tennis superstar Bjorn Borg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1990 Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
  • 1990 USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • 1990 Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores 101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half & loses 102-24
  • 1991 Jean-Bertrand Aristide sworn in as Haiti's 1st elected president

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1991 Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin & Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1991 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.

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1992 Mike Tyson testifies in his rape trial

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1992 Shannon LA Rhea Marketic, 22, (California), crowned 41st Miss USA
  • 1992 Eueopean Union becomes official under Maastricht treaties
  • 1993 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-20
  • 1993 Pebbles Flintstone & Bamm Bamm Rubble wed
  • 1993 Tammie Green wins LPGA Healthsouth Palm Beach Golf Classic

Music awardsMusic Awards

1994 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

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1994 Howard Stern stops a would-be jumper on the George Washington Bridge

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1994 Jim Nabors undergoes a liver transplant
  • 1995 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Graham Gooch & Mike Gatting
  • 1997 US & Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
  • 1998 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan
  • 1998 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • 1999 Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
  • 2000 Bahria University is established through Presidential Ordinance No. V of 2000 by the Government of Pakistan.
  • 2001 51st Berlin International Film Festival: "Intimacy" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2005 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world

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2006 Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature

Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
  • 2008 58th Berlin International Film Festival: "Elite Squad" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2009 Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.
  • 2010 Super Bowl XLIV; New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to win their first super bowl.
  • 2013 Eugène Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People is vandalized at the Louvre-Lens museum
  • 2013 Azerbaijan launches its first satellite, Azerspace-1
  • 2013 63rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Child's Pose" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2014 German treasurer Helmut Linssen resigns amid a scandal involving offshore banking accounts in the Bahamas and Panama
  • 2014 22nd Winter Olympic Games open at Sochi, Russia