What Happened on February 7

Historical Events

  • 1301 Edward of Caernarfon (later Edward II) becomes the 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 Colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the 1st piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot
  • 1991 Provisional Irish Republican Army launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting in an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister John Major, injuring four people
  • 1992 The Maastricht Treaty is signed by 12 countries from the European Community (EC) to create the European Union (EU)
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Feb 7 in Film & TV

  • 1974 Mel Brooks' western spoof film "Blazing Saddles", starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder premieres at the Pickwick Drive-In in Burbank, California; patrons watched from horseback rather than cars

Feb 7 in Music

  • 1985 "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City

Feb 7 in Sport

  • 2005 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world taking 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes 33 seconds

Did You Know?

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

On February 7, 1839

Would You Believe?

All citrus fruit can be traced to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas, according to DNA study published in "Nature"

On February 7, 2018

Famous Weddings

  • 1403 English King Henry IV marries his second wife Joan of Navarre
  • 1901 Queen Wilhelmina marries Prince Heinrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • 1925 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (29) weds actress Estelle Taylor (30)

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