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1974Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters

1988Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic

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

1945General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila

1924Benito Mussolini government exchanges diplomats with USSR

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

1965George Harrison has his tonsils removed

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

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

199421st American Music Award: Whitney Houston wins

1940Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (NYC)

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

2006Uma 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

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

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

1969"This Is Tom Jones," debuts on ABC TV

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

1989Tennis superstar Bjorn Borg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan

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

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

1992Mike Tyson testifies in his rape trial

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

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

1962Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational

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

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

February 7th Historical Events
Date Event
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/Austrian Branches 
1550
Giovanni Maria del Monte elected Pope Julius III 
1569
King Philip II forms inquistion in South America 
1613
Michail Romanov (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
Lord 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 
1836
"Sketches by Boz" (essays) published by Charles Dickens 
1839
Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president" 
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 A & M College opens 
1876
Pres Grants 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 
1908
Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000 
1910
Edmond Rostand's "Chantecler," premieres in Paris 
1912
2nd Dutch 11 city skate (Coen de Koenig wins (11:40) 
1914
Charlie Chaplin debuts "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice" 
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 
1922
John Willard's "Cat & the Canary," premieres in NYC 
1924
Benito Mussolini government exchanges diplomats with USSR 
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 Vice President 
1936
Felix the Cat, Cartoon Character, by Van Beuren from Otto Messmer 
1940
British railroads nationalized 
1940
Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (NYC) 
1941
Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me" 
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) 
1944
Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records 
1944
Germans launch counteroffensive at Anzio Italy 
1945
General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila 
1945
Harry Truman appoints Irwin C Mollison judge of US Customs Court 
1945
US 76th/5th Infantry divisions begin crossing Sauer 
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 perfs 
1948
Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff 
1949
Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees) 
1950
Georges Bidault forms French government 
1950
Sen Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US 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 
1961
Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads" 
1962
Gas explosion in Luisanthal coal mine Voelklingen Germany kills 298 
1962
President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports. 
1962
Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational 
1962
The United States bans all Cuban imports and exports. 
1964
Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream 
1964
Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour 
1964
Cassius Clay becomes a black Moslem 
1964
Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony, premieres 
1965
George Harrison has his tonsils removed 
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, OH (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. 
1968
Arthur Miller's "Price," premieres in NYC 
1968
Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls 
1968
WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1969
"This Is Tom Jones," debuts on ABC TV 
1969
Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO 
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) 
1974
Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters 
1975
NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak 
1976
Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points in a game 
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 pres 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 
1984
Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS 
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 
1986
Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti 
1986
Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent filippino dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos 
1987
"Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93 
1987
Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring America's Cup back to US 
1987
Madonna's "Open Your Heart," single goes #1 
1987
US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano 
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 
1989
Tennis superstar Bjorn Borg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan 
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
Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin & Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame 
1991
The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting. 
1992
Mike Tyson testifies in his rape trial 
1992
Shannon LA Rhea Marketic, 22, (California), crowned 41st Miss USA 
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 
1994
21st American Music Award: Whitney Houston wins 
1994
Howard Stern stops a would-be jumper on the George Washington Bridge 
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. 
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 
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 
2016
Lady Gaga sings national anthem at Super Bowl 50 
2017
Kremlin Asks for Apology After Bill O'Reilly Calls Putin 'a Killer' 
2017
Israeli Leader Presses UK to Impose New Sanctions on Iran 
2017
Israel legalizes settler homes on private Palestinian land 
2017
84 Lumber's controversial Super Bowl ad steals social media spotlight 
2017
Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey sparks investigation 
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