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7th of February 0457 EVENT Leo I becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
7th of February 1074 EVENT Pandulf IV of Benevento is killed battling the invading Normans at the Battle of Montesarchio.
7th of February 1301 EVENT Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II of England) becomes the first English Prince of Wales.
7th of February 1497 EVENT The bonfire of the vanities occurs in which supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burn thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy.
7th of February 1795 EVENT The 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
7th of February 1807 EVENT Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Eylau : Napoleon's French Empire begins fighting against Russian and Prussian forces of the Fourth Coalition at Eylau, Poland.
7th of February 1812 EVENT The strongest in a series of earthquakes strikes New Madrid, Missouri.
7th of February 1819 EVENT Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles leaves Singapore after just taking it over, leaving it in the hands of William Farquhar.
7th of February 1842 EVENT Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
7th of February 1856 EVENT The Kingdom of Awadh is annexed by the British East India Company and Wajid Ali Shah, the king of Awadh, is imprisoned and later exiled to Calcutta.
7th of February 1856 EVENT The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the second piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.
7th of February 1863 EVENT HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189.
7th of February 1894 EVENT The Cripple Creek miner's strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
7th of February 1897 EVENT Greco-Turkish War: The first full-scale battle takes place when the Greek expeditionary force in Crete defeats a 4,000-strong Ottoman force at Livadeia.
7th of February 1898 EVENT Emile Zola is brought to trial for libel for publishing J'Accuse.
7th of February 1900 EVENT Second Boer War: British troops fail in their third attempt to lift the Siege of Ladysmith.
7th of February 1904 EVENT A fire in Baltimore, Maryland destroys over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours.
7th of February 1907 EVENT The Mud March is the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
7th of February 1935 EVENT The classic board game Monopoly is invented.
7th of February 1940 EVENT The second full length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premieres.
7th of February 1943 EVENT Imperial Japanese naval forces complete the evacuation of Imperial Japanese Army troops from Guadalcanal during Operation Ke, ending Japanese attempts to retake the island from Allied forces in the Guadalcanal Campaign.
7th of February 1944 EVENT World War II: In Anzio, Italy, German forces launch a counteroffensive during the Allied Operation Shingle.
7th of February 1948 EVENT Neil Harvey becomes the youngest Australian to score a century in Test cricket.
7th of February 1962 EVENT The United States bans all Cuban imports and exports.
7th of February 1974 EVENT Grenada gains independence from the United Kingdom.
7th of February 1979 EVENT Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either was discovered.
7th of February 1984 EVENT Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B Mission : Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).
7th of February 1986 EVENT Twenty-eight years of one-family rule end in Haiti, when President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the Caribbean nation.
7th of February 1990 EVENT Dissolution of the Soviet Union: The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power.
7th of February 1991 EVENT Haiti's first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in.
7th of February 1992 EVENT The Maastricht Treaty is signed, leading to the creation of the European Union.
7th of February 1995 EVENT Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan.
7th of February 1999 EVENT Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
7th of February 2009 EVENT Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.
7th of February 1102 BIRTHDAY Empress Matilda, Princess of England and wife of Henry V of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1169)
7th of February 1478 BIRTHDAY Sir Thomas More, English statesman, humanist and author (d. 1535)
7th of February 1612 BIRTHDAY Thomas Killigrew, English dramatist (d. 1683)
7th of February 1693 BIRTHDAY Empress Anna of Russia (d. 1740)
7th of February 1804 BIRTHDAY John Deere, American manufacturer (Deere & Company) (d. 1886)
7th of February 1812 BIRTHDAY Charles Dickens, English novelist (d. 1870)
7th of February 1837 BIRTHDAY Sir James Murray, Scottish lexicographer and philologist (d. 1915)
7th of February 1842 BIRTHDAY Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (d. 1923)
7th of February 1867 BIRTHDAY Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (d. 1957)
7th of February 1870 BIRTHDAY Alfred Adler, Austrian psychologist (d. 1937)
7th of February 1877 BIRTHDAY Godfrey Harold Hardy, English mathematician (d. 1947)
7th of February 1885 BIRTHDAY Sinclair Lewis, American writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1951)
7th of February 1885 BIRTHDAY Hugo Sperrle, German field marshal (d. 1953)
7th of February 1886 BIRTHDAY Yehezkel Abramsky, Russian-born rabbi, head of the London Beth Din for 17 years (d. 1976)
7th of February 1887 BIRTHDAY Eubie Blake, American musician and composer (d. 1983)
7th of February 1889 BIRTHDAY Harry Nyquist, important contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
7th of February 1891 BIRTHDAY Ann Little, American actress (d. 1984)
7th of February 1895 BIRTHDAY Anita Stewart, American film actress (d. 1961)
7th of February 1898 BIRTHDAY Dock Boggs, American musician (d. 1971)
7th of February 1901 BIRTHDAY Arnold Nordmeyer, New Zealand politician (d. 1989)
7th of February 1905 BIRTHDAY Paul Nizan, French author (d. 1940)
7th of February 1905 BIRTHDAY Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1983)
7th of February 1906 BIRTHDAY Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
7th of February 1906 BIRTHDAY Puyi, Emperor of China (d. 1967)
7th of February 1907 BIRTHDAY Yevgeniy Abalakov, Soviet mountaineer (d. 1948)
7th of February 1908 BIRTHDAY Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983)
7th of February 1909 BIRTHDAY Helder Camara, Roman Catholic archbishop (d. 1999)
7th of February 1909 BIRTHDAY Wilhelm Freddie, Danish painter (d. 1995)
7th of February 1909 BIRTHDAY Amedeo Guillet, former officer of the Italian Army (d. 2010)
7th of February 1909 BIRTHDAY Silvio Zavala, Mexican historian
7th of February 1912 BIRTHDAY Roberta McCain, mother of John McCain
7th of February 1912 BIRTHDAY Russell Drysdale, Australian Artist (d. 1981)
7th of February 1914 BIRTHDAY Ramon Mercader, Spanish assassin of Leon Trotsky (d. 1978)
7th of February 1915 BIRTHDAY Eddie Bracken, American actor (d. 2002)
7th of February 1915 BIRTHDAY Teoctist, Ex-Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (d. 2007)
7th of February 1918 BIRTHDAY Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)
7th of February 1920 BIRTHDAY An Wang, Chinese-born computer pioneer (d. 1990)
7th of February 1920 BIRTHDAY Oscar Brand, Canadian folk musicologist
7th of February 1922 BIRTHDAY Hattie Jacques, English actress (d. 1980)
7th of February 1923 BIRTHDAY Martha Holmes, American photographer (d. 2006)
7th of February 1926 BIRTHDAY Konstantin Feoktistov, cosmonaut (d. 2009)
7th of February 1926 BIRTHDAY John Frank Davidson, British chemical engineer and Royal Medal holder
7th of February 1927 BIRTHDAY Juliette Greco, French singer and actor
7th of February 1927 BIRTHDAY Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
7th of February 1929 BIRTHDAY Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chilean filmmaker
7th of February 1932 BIRTHDAY Al Worden, American astronaut
7th of February 1932 BIRTHDAY Gay Talese, American author
7th of February 1933 BIRTHDAY John Anderton, English footballer
7th of February 1934 BIRTHDAY Eddie Fenech Adami, Maltese politician, Prime Minister (1987-1996, 1998-2004); President (2004-2009)
7th of February 1934 BIRTHDAY King Curtis, American saxophonist (d. 1971)
7th of February 1934 BIRTHDAY Earl King, American musician (d. 2003)
7th of February 1935 BIRTHDAY Herbert Kohl, American politician
7th of February 1937 BIRTHDAY Juan Pizarro, Puerto Rican baseball player
7th of February 1938 BIRTHDAY S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
7th of February 1939 BIRTHDAY Ray Taliaferro, American radio talkshow host
7th of February 1941 BIRTHDAY Peter Foxhall, Australian evangelist
7th of February 1943 BIRTHDAY Gareth Hunt, English actor (d. 2007)
7th of February 1945 BIRTHDAY Gerald Davies, Welsh rugby player
7th of February 1945 BIRTHDAY Ian Jack, Scottish journalist
7th of February 1946 BIRTHDAY Hector Babenco, Brazilian film director
7th of February 1946 BIRTHDAY Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (d. 2011)
7th of February 1947 BIRTHDAY Wayne Allwine, American voice artist (d. 2009)
7th of February 1949 BIRTHDAY Joe English, American drummer
7th of February 1949 BIRTHDAY Paulo Cesar Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
7th of February 1951 BIRTHDAY Benny Ayala, baseball player
7th of February 1952 BIRTHDAY Vasco Rossi, Italian singer
7th of February 1953 BIRTHDAY Dan Quisenberry, baseball player (d. 1998)
7th of February 1954 BIRTHDAY Dieter Bohlen German composer
7th of February 1954 BIRTHDAY Brian Morton, Scottish writer
7th of February 1955 BIRTHDAY Miguel Ferrer, American actor
7th of February 1955 BIRTHDAY Rolf Benirschke, American football player
7th of February 1956 BIRTHDAY Emo Philips, American comedian
7th of February 1956 BIRTHDAY Mark St. John, American musician (Kiss) (d. 2007)
7th of February 1957 BIRTHDAY Carney Lansford, American baseball player
7th of February 1957 BIRTHDAY Richard Cook, British jazz writer (d. 2007)
7th of February 1958 BIRTHDAY Matt Ridley, British science writer
7th of February 1960 BIRTHDAY James Spader, American actor
7th of February 1962 BIRTHDAY Garth Brooks, American singer
7th of February 1962 BIRTHDAY David Bryan, American musician (Bon Jovi)
7th of February 1962 BIRTHDAY Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
7th of February 1964 BIRTHDAY Ray Mears, British survival expert and TV presenter
7th of February 1964 BIRTHDAY Cynthia Woodhead, American swimmer
7th of February 1964 BIRTHDAY Ashok Banker, Indian novelist
7th of February 1965 BIRTHDAY Jason Gedrick, American actor
7th of February 1965 BIRTHDAY Chris Rock, American actor and comedian
7th of February 1966 BIRTHDAY Kristin Otto, German swimmer
7th of February 1967 BIRTHDAY Richie Burnett, Welsh darts player
7th of February 1967 BIRTHDAY Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress
7th of February 1968 BIRTHDAY Peter Bondra, Slovak ice hockey player
7th of February 1968 BIRTHDAY Mark Tewksbury, Canadian swimmer
7th of February 1968 BIRTHDAY Sully Erna, American singer (Godsmack)
7th of February 1969 BIRTHDAY Adriano, Brazilian footballer
7th of February 1969 BIRTHDAY Yves Racine, Canadian ice hockey player
7th of February 1970 BIRTHDAY Stanley Roberts, American basketball player
7th of February 1971 BIRTHDAY Anita Tsoy, Russian singer of Korean descent
7th of February 1972 BIRTHDAY Amon Tobin, Canadian/Brazilian musician
7th of February 1972 BIRTHDAY Essence Atkins, American actress
7th of February 1972 BIRTHDAY Robyn Lively, American actress
7th of February 1973 BIRTHDAY Juwan Howard, American basketball player
7th of February 1973 BIRTHDAY Irina Bjorklund, Finnish actress
7th of February 1974 BIRTHDAY J Dilla, American record producer (d. 2006)
7th of February 1974 BIRTHDAY Danny Goffey, British musician (Supergrass)
7th of February 1974 BIRTHDAY Steve Nash, Canadian basketball player
7th of February 1975 BIRTHDAY Wes Borland, American guitarist (Limp Bizkit)
7th of February 1975 BIRTHDAY Alexandre Daigle, Canadian ice hockey player
7th of February 1976 BIRTHDAY Sreto Ristic, German soccer player
7th of February 1976 BIRTHDAY Kelly Choi, Korean-American TV hostess of Top Chef Masters
7th of February 1977 BIRTHDAY Georgios Alexopoulos, Greek soccer player
7th of February 1977 BIRTHDAY Paul Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player
7th of February 1977 BIRTHDAY Dimitris Papanikolaou, Greek basketball player
7th of February 1977 BIRTHDAY Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman competitor
7th of February 1977 BIRTHDAY Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, Japanese footballer
7th of February 1978 BIRTHDAY Daniel Van Buyten, Belgian soccer player
7th of February 1978 BIRTHDAY Ashton Kutcher, American actor
7th of February 1978 BIRTHDAY Endy Chavez, baseball player
7th of February 1978 BIRTHDAY David Aebischer, Swiss ice hockey player
7th of February 1979 BIRTHDAY Cerina Vincent, American actress
7th of February 1979 BIRTHDAY Nicola Campedelli, Italian footballer
7th of February 1979 BIRTHDAY Daniel Bierofka, German footballer
7th of February 1979 BIRTHDAY Jon Leicester, American baseball player
7th of February 1980 BIRTHDAY Maximiliano Cejas, Argentine footballer
7th of February 1981 BIRTHDAY Lee Ok-Sung, South Korean amateur boxer
7th of February 1982 BIRTHDAY Osamu Mukai, Japanese actor
7th of February 1982 BIRTHDAY Mickael Pietrus, French-born basketball player
7th of February 1983 BIRTHDAY Christian Klien, Austrian racing driver
7th of February 1983 BIRTHDAY Teshome Getu, Ethiopian soccer player
7th of February 1983 BIRTHDAY Sho Kamogawa, Japanese football player
7th of February 1983 BIRTHDAY Georgios Gougoulias, Greek footballer
7th of February 1984 BIRTHDAY Lenny Pidgeley, British footballer
7th of February 1985 BIRTHDAY Tina Majorino, American actress
7th of February 1985 BIRTHDAY Devis Nossa, Italian footballer
7th of February 1986 BIRTHDAY Michael Orozco Fiscal, American soccer player
7th of February 1986 BIRTHDAY Pippa Wilson, British professional sailor
7th of February 1987 BIRTHDAY Kerli, Estonian singer
7th of February 1987 BIRTHDAY Joe Cardle, British footballer
7th of February 1988 BIRTHDAY Lee Joon, Korean singer (MBLAQ)
7th of February 1988 BIRTHDAY Albin Hodza, French footballer
7th of February 1988 BIRTHDAY Lee Don-Ku, South Korean ice hockey defenceman player
7th of February 1988 BIRTHDAY Ai Kago, Japanese singer
7th of February 1988 BIRTHDAY Matthew Stafford, American NFL football player
7th of February 1989 BIRTHDAY Nick Calathes, Greek basketball player
7th of February 1989 BIRTHDAY Louisa Lytton, British actress
7th of February 1990 BIRTHDAY Steven Stamkos, Canadian ice hockey player
7th of February 1990 BIRTHDAY Anna Abreu, Finnish singer
7th of February 1991 BIRTHDAY Zhou Yimiao' Chinese tennis player
7th of February 1992 BIRTHDAY Maimi Yajima, Japanese singer
7th of February 1993 BIRTHDAY David Dorfman, American actor
7th of February 1996 BIRTHDAY Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer
7th of February 1996 BIRTHDAY David Castro, American actor
7th of February 0999 DEATH Boleslaus II of Bohemia
7th of February 1045 DEATH Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (Born 1009)
7th of February 1317 DEATH Robert, Count of Clermont, French founder of the House of Bourbon (Born 1256)
7th of February 1560 DEATH Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (Born 1493)
7th of February 1626 DEATH William V, Duke of Bavaria (Born 1548)
7th of February 1642 DEATH William Bedell, English clergyman (Born 1571)
7th of February 1652 DEATH Gregorio Allegri, Italian composer (Born 1582)
7th of February 1690 DEATH William Morice, English royalist statesman
7th of February 1693 DEATH Paul Pellisson, French writer (Born 1624)
7th of February 1736 DEATH Stephen Gray, English astronomer and scientist (Born 1666)
7th of February 1779 DEATH William Boyce, English composer (Born 1711)
7th of February 1799 DEATH Qianlong, Emperor of China (Born 1711)
7th of February 1801 DEATH Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (Born 1726)
7th of February 1823 DEATH Ann Radcliffe, English novelist (Born 1764)
7th of February 1837 DEATH King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (Born 1778)
7th of February 1839 DEATH Karl August Nicander, Swedish poet (Born 1799)
7th of February 1862 DEATH Francisco de Paula Martinez de la Rosa, Spanish statesman and dramatist (Born 1787)
7th of February 1871 DEATH Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, piano manufacturer (Steinway & Sons) (Born 1797)
7th of February 1873 DEATH Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (Born 1814)
7th of February 1878 DEATH Pope Pius IX (Born 1792)
7th of February 1897 DEATH Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (Born 1847)
7th of February 1898 DEATH John Reily Knox, Lawyer and founder of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity (Born 1820)
7th of February 1919 DEATH William Halford, American naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient (Born 1841)
7th of February 1920 DEATH Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander (Born 1874)
7th of February 1937 DEATH Elihu Root, American statesman and diplomat, Nobel Prize Laureate (Born 1845)
7th of February 1938 DEATH Harvey Firestone, American manufacturer (Born 1868)
7th of February 1939 DEATH Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (Born 1886)
7th of February 1942 DEATH Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (Born 1876)
7th of February 1944 DEATH Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (Born 1874)
7th of February 1952 DEATH Pete Henry, American professional American football player and coach (Born 1897)
7th of February 1959 DEATH Nap Lajoie, American baseball player (Born 1874)
7th of February 1959 DEATH D.F. Malan, South African Prime Minister, father of Apartheid policy (Born 1874)
7th of February 1959 DEATH Guitar Slim, American blues guitarist (Born 1926)
7th of February 1960 DEATH Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist (Born 1903)
7th of February 1962 DEATH Clara Nordstrom, German writer and translator (Born 1886)
7th of February 1963 DEATH Learco Guerra, Italian cyclist (Born 1902)
7th of February 1964 DEATH Sophoklis Venizelos, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (Born 1894)
7th of February 1968 DEATH Nick Adams, American actor (Born 1931)
7th of February 1979 DEATH Dr. Josef Mengele, German, Nazi war criminal (Born 1911)
7th of February 1980 DEATH Secondo Campini, Italian jet pioneer (Born 1904)
7th of February 1985 DEATH Matt Monro, English singer (Born 1932)
7th of February 1986 DEATH Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (Born 1923)
7th of February 1990 DEATH Alfredo M. Santos, Filipino military figure (Born 1905)
7th of February 1990 DEATH Jimmy Van Heusen, American songwriter (Born 1913)
7th of February 1991 DEATH Amos Yarkoni, Israeli soldier, Medal of Distinguished Service recipient (Born 1920)
7th of February 1991 DEATH Jean-Paul Mousseau, French-Canadian painter, member of Les Automatistes (Born 1927)
7th of February 1992 DEATH Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (Born 1959)
7th of February 1994 DEATH Witold Lutos?awski, Polish composer (Born 1913)
7th of February 1994 DEATH Stephen Milligan, British journalist and politician (Born 1948)
7th of February 1994 DEATH Arnold Smith, Canadian diplomat (Born 1915)
7th of February 1996 DEATH Phillip Davidson, US Army general (Born 1915)
7th of February 1998 DEATH Lawrence Sanders, American author (Born 1920)
7th of February 1999 DEATH King Hussein of Jordan (Born 1935)
7th of February 1999 DEATH Jose Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (Born 1914)
7th of February 1999 DEATH Bobby Troup, American musician and actor (Born 1918)
7th of February 2000 DEATH Shiho Niiyama, Japanese voice actress (Born 1970)
7th of February 2000 DEATH Doug Henning, Canadian magician (Born 1947)
7th of February 2000 DEATH Big Pun, Puerto Rican-American rapper (Born 1971)
7th of February 2000 DEATH Dave Peverett, English musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown) (Born 1943)
7th of February 2001 DEATH Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (Born 1906)
7th of February 2001 DEATH Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Born 1912)
7th of February 2002 DEATH Jack Fairman, British racing driver (Born 1913)
7th of February 2003 DEATH Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (Born 1921)
7th of February 2003 DEATH John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (Born 1917)
7th of February 2005 DEATH Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (Born 1934)
7th of February 2006 DEATH Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Durruhsehvar (Born 1914)
7th of February 2008 DEATH Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (Born 1913)
7th of February 2009 DEATH Brian Naylor, Australian television presenter (Born 1931)
7th of February 2009 DEATH Molly Bee, American singer (Born 1939)
7th of February 2010 DEATH Franco Ballerini, Italian Cycler, Coach of the Italy team of cycling (Born 1964)