Events in History on February 7

  • February
  • 457 Leo I becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire
  • 1074 Battle of Montesarchio: Prince of Benevento, Pandulf IV killed battling the encroaching Normans in southern Italy
  • 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 Française begins Dictionary of French Language
  • 1653 Nicolas Fouquet appointed superintendant of Finance of France
  • 1792 Austria & Prussia sign anti-French covenant
  • 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

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1812 Poet Lord Byron (6th Baron Byron) makes his maiden speech in House of Lords

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • 1817 Baltimore becomes the 1st American city lit by gas street lamps with the first turned on at Market and Lemon Streets (currently Baltimore and Holliday Streets)

  • 1818 1st successful US educational magazine "Academician" begins (NYC)
  • 1827 Ballet (Deserter) introduced to US at Bowery Theater (NYC)
  • 1831 Belgium adopts its Constitution

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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 US President 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
  • 1889 Astronomical Society of Pacific holds 1st meeting in San Francisco
  • 1894 The Cripple Creek miners' strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • 1900 British troops vacate Vaal Krantz, Natal
  • 1904 Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
  • 1905 Dominican Republic signs treaty turning over customs collection to US
  • 1907 The Mud March, 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
  • 1910 Edmond Rostand's "Chantecler" premieres in Paris
  • 1912 2nd Dutch 11 city skate (Coen de Koenig wins (11:40)

  • 1914 Steel work completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, San Francisco
  • 1915 1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received
  • 1915 Second 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's Italian government exchanges diplomats with USSR

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1928 1st solo flight from England to Australia takes off from Croydon, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler (arrives 15 ½ days later)
  • 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
  • 1943 Shoe rationing begins in US (may purchase up to 3 more pairs in 1942)
  • 1944 Germans launch counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy

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1945 General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII 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 (Fair Employment Practices Committee) bill
  • 1947 The UK announces its intention to end the Mandate for Palestine

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1948 Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as US Army Chief of Staff

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1950 Georges Bidault forms French government
  • 1950 Senator Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US Department of State (equiv. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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1950 United States formally recognizes the State of Vietnam as the legitimate government of Vietnam, with Bảo Đại as leader

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại
  • 1958 1st showing of Dutch auto-transmission car, the DAF 600

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1959 Fidel Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1959 Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air)
  • 1960 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea
  • 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
  • 1964 Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream
  • 1965 Operations begin at Grupo Folklorico Antiyano on Curacao
  • 1965 US begins regular bombing & strafing of N Vietnam
  • 1967 A fire at a restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama kills 25 people.

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1968 Arthur Miller's play "Price" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • 1968 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls

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

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1969 The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service
  • 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 for national women's suffrage in a referendum
  • 1973 US Senate creates Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • 1973 North Ireland's United Loyalist Council hold a one-day strike, loyalist paramilitaries forcibly try to stop people going to work
  • 1974 Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)

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1974 UK Prime Minister Edward Heath calls for a 'snap' general election in the midst of a protracted miners' strike

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 1974 The Symbionese Liberation Army claim responsibility for the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, daughter of Randolph Hearst
  • 1976 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York)
  • 1976 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
  • 1977 Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
  • 1978 Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
  • 1979 Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds president Boumedienne in Algeria
  • 1979 Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI v India at Kanpur
  • 1982 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
  • 1983 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
  • 1984 American astronaut Bruce McCandless makes 1st untethered space walk
  • 1984 David (born without immunity system) touches his mother for 1st time at age 12
  • 1985 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 1991 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.
  • 1992 Maastricht Treaty signed by 12 countries from the European Community (EC) to create the European Union (EU)

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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
  • 1997 US & Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
  • 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.
  • 2009 Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.
  • 2013 Eugène Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People is vandalized at the Louvre-Lens museum
  • 2013 Azerbaijan launches its first satellite, Azerspace-1
  • 2014 German treasurer Helmut Linssen resigns amid a scandal involving offshore banking accounts in the Bahamas and Panama
  • 2018 Armed groups release 300 child soldiers from Yambio, South Sudan according to UN
  • 2018 "The Los Angeles Times" is bought by LA doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong from Tronc for $500 million
  • 2018 Missing Nigerian painting masterpiece of Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi by Ben Enwonwu announced rediscovered in London
  • 2018 DNA analysis of Chedder Man, UK's oldest complete skeleton shows he had dark skin and blue eyes
  • 2018 White House aide Rob Porter resigns in wake of physical abuse allegations by ex-wives
  • 2018 All citrus fruit can be traced to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas, according to DNA study published in "Nature"
  • 2018 Angel Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party reaches a coalition deal with Social Democrats after four months
  • 2019 Measles cases in Europe highest in a decade, tripling in a year to 82,596 according to WHO
  • 2019 New kangaroo fossil research published from Riversleigh, Australia, show Kangaroos learned to hop 20 million years ago, much earlier than first thought
  • 2019 Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio declares national emergency over rape and sexual assault violence after instances double
  • 2019 Measles outbreak declared in the Philippines with 1,813 cases and 26 deaths
  • 2019 France recalls its Italian ambassador from Rome after Italian deputy PM Luigi Di Maio met with yellow vest protesters