What happened on February 7? There are more than 265 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 7

February 7 In HistoryFebruary 7 is the 38th day of the year 2020. There are 328 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 6th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Jacob, Illinois 62950 sunrise occured at 06:56 AM and sunset occured at 05:28 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 371 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For February 7

  • 457
    Leo I becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1074
    Pandulf IV of Benevento is killed battling the invading Normans at the Battle of Montesarchio.
  • 1301
    Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II of England) becomes the first English Prince of Wales.
  • 1497
    The bonfire of the vanities occurs in which supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burn thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy.
  • 1783
    American Revolutionary War: French and Spanish forces lift the Great Siege of Gibraltar.
  • 1795
    The 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
  • 1807
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Eylau – Napoléon’s French Empire begins fighting against Russian and Prussian forces of the Fourth Coalition at Eylau, Poland.
  • 1812
    The strongest in a series of earthquakes strikes New Madrid, Missouri.
  • 1819
    Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles leaves Singapore after just taking it over, leaving it in the hands of William Farquhar.
  • 1842
    Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
  • 1856
    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.
  • 1856
    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.
  • 1863
    HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189.
  • 1894
    The Cripple Creek miner’s strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
  • 1897
    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.
  • 1898
    Émile Zola is brought to trial for libel for publishing J'Accuse.
  • 1900
    Second Boer War: British troops fail in their third attempt to lift the Siege of Ladysmith.
  • 1904
    A fire in Baltimore, Maryland destroys over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours.
  • 1907
    The Mud March is the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
  • 1935
    The classic board game Monopoly is invented.
  • 1940
    The second full length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premieres.
  • 1943
    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.
  • 1944
    World War II: In Anzio, Italy, German forces launch a counteroffensive during the Allied Operation Shingle.
  • 1948
    Neil Harvey becomes the youngest Australian to score a century in Test cricket.
  • 1948
    Sancheong-Hamyang massacre:Korean War
  • 1962
    The United States bans all Cuban imports and exports.
  • 1974
    Grenada gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1979
    Pluto moves inside Neptune’s orbit for the first time since either was discovered.
  • 1984
    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).
  • 1986
    Twenty-eight years of one-family rule end in Haiti, when President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the Caribbean nation.
  • 1990
    Dissolution of the Soviet Union: The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power.
  • 1991
    Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in.
  • 1992
    The Maastricht Treaty is signed, leading to the creation of the European Union.
  • 1995
    Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • 1997
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • 1999
    Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
  • 2009
    Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia’s history.

Who Were Born On February 7?

  • 1102
    Empress Matilda, Princess of England and wife of Henry V of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1169)
  • 1478
    Sir Thomas More, English statesman, humanist and author (d. 1535)
  • 1612
    Thomas Killigrew, English dramatist (d. 1683)
  • 1693
    Empress Anna of Russia (d. 1740)
  • 1804
    John Deere, American manufacturer (Deere & Company) (d. 1886)
  • 1812
    Charles Dickens, English novelist (d. 1870)
  • 1837
    Sir James Murray, Scottish lexicographer and philologist (d. 1915)
  • 1842
    Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (d. 1923)
  • 1867
    Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (d. 1957)
  • 1870
    Alfred Adler, Austrian psychologist (d. 1937)
  • 1873
    Thomas Andrews, British shipbuilder on the RMS Titanic (d. 1912)
  • 1877
    G. H. Hardy, English mathematician (d. 1947)
  • 1878
    Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Russian-American pianist and conductor (d. 1936)
  • 1885
    Hugo Sperrle, German field marshal (d. 1953)
  • 1885
    Sinclair Lewis, American writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1951)
  • 1886
    Yehezkel Abramsky, Russian-born rabbi, head of the London Beth Din for 17 years (d. 1976)
  • 1887
    Eubie Blake, American musician and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1889
    Harry Nyquist, important contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
  • 1891
    Ann Little, American actress (d. 1984)
  • 1895
    Anita Stewart, American film actress (d. 1961)
  • 1898
    Dock Boggs, American musician (d. 1971)
  • 1901
    Arnold Nordmeyer, New Zealand politician (d. 1989)
  • 1905
    Paul Nizan, French author (d. 1940)
  • 1905
    Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1983)
  • 1906
    Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
  • 1906
    Puyi, Emperor of China (d. 1967)
  • 1907
    Yevgeniy Abalakov, Soviet mountaineer (d. 1948)
  • 1908
    Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983)
  • 1908
    Fred Gipson, American author (d. 1973)
  • 1909
    Amedeo Guillet, former officer of the Italian Army (d. 2010)
  • 1909
    Hélder Câmara, Roman Catholic archbishop (d. 1999)
  • 1909
    Silvio Zavala, Mexican historian
  • 1909
    Wilhelm Freddie, Danish painter (d. 1995)
  • 1912
    Roberta McCain, mother of John McCain
  • 1912
    Russell Drysdale, Australian Artist (d. 1981)
  • 1914
    Ramón Mercader, Spanish assassin of Leon Trotsky (d. 1978)
  • 1915
    Eddie Bracken, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1915
    Teoctist, Ex-Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (d. 2007)
  • 1918
    Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)
  • 1920
    An Wang, Chinese-born computer pioneer (d. 1990)
  • 1920
    Oscar Brand, Canadian folk musicologist
  • 1922
    Hattie Jacques, English actress (d. 1980)
  • 1923
    Martha Holmes, American photographer (d. 2006)
  • 1926
    John Frank Davidson, British chemical engineer and Royal Medal holder
  • 1926
    Konstantin Feoktistov, cosmonaut (d. 2009)
  • 1927
    Juliette Gréco, French singer and actor
  • 1927
    Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
  • 1929
    Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chilean filmmaker
  • 1932
    Al Worden, American astronaut
  • 1932
    Gay Talese, American author
  • 1933
    John Anderton, English footballer
  • 1934
    Earl King, American musician (d. 2003)
  • 1934
    Eddie Fenech Adami, Maltese politician, Prime Minister (1987-1996, 1998-2004); President (2004-2009)
  • 1934
    King Curtis, American saxophonist (d. 1971)
  • 1935
    Herbert Kohl, American politician
  • 1937
    Juan Pizarro, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1938
    S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
  • 1939
    Ray Taliaferro, American radio talkshow host
  • 1941
    Peter Foxhall, Australian evangelist
  • 1943
    Gareth Hunt, English actor (d. 2007)
  • 1945
    Gerald Davies, Welsh rugby player
  • 1945
    Ian Jack, Scottish journalist
  • 1946
    Hector Babenco, Brazilian film director
  • 1946
    Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (d. 2011)
  • 1947
    Wayne Allwine, American voice artist (d. 2009)
  • 1949
    Joe English, American drummer
  • 1949
    Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • 1951
    Benny Ayala, baseball player
  • 1952
    Vasco Rossi, Italian singer
  • 1953
    Dan Quisenberry, baseball player (d. 1998)
  • 1954
    Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • 1954
    Dieter Bohlen German composer
  • 1955
    Miguel Ferrer, American actor
  • 1955
    Rolf Benirschke, American football player
  • 1956
    Emo Philips, American comedian
  • 1956
    Mark St. John, American musician (Kiss) (d. 2007)
  • 1957
    Carney Lansford, American baseball player
  • 1957
    Richard Cook, British jazz writer (d. 2007)
  • 1958
    Matt Ridley, British scientist and science writer
  • 1960
    James Spader, American actor
  • 1960
    Robert Smigel, American actor and Comedian
  • 1962
    David Bryan, American musician (Bon Jovi)
  • 1962
    Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
  • 1962
    Garth Brooks, American singer
  • 1964
    Ashok Banker, Indian novelist
  • 1964
    Cynthia Woodhead, American swimmer
  • 1964
    Ray Mears, British survival expert and TV presenter
  • 1965
    Chris Rock, American actor and comedian
  • 1965
    Jason Gedrick, American actor
  • 1966
    Kristin Otto, German swimmer
  • 1967
    Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress
  • 1967
    Richie Burnett, Welsh darts player
  • 1968
    Mark Tewksbury, Canadian swimmer
  • 1968
    Peter Bondra, Slovak ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Sully Erna, American singer (Godsmack)
  • 1969
    Adriano, Brazilian footballer
  • 1969
    Yves Racine, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1970
    Stanley Roberts, American basketball player
  • 1971
    Anita Tsoy, Russian singer of Korean descent
  • 1972
    Amon Tobin, Canadian/Brazilian musician
  • 1972
    Essence Atkins, American actress
  • 1972
    Robyn Lively, American actress
  • 1973
    Irina Björklund, Finnish actress
  • 1973
    Juwan Howard, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Danny Goffey, British musician (Supergrass)
  • 1974
    J Dilla, American record producer (d. 2006)
  • 1974
    Nujabes, Japanese hip hop producer (d. 2010)
  • 1974
    Steve Nash, Canadian basketball player
  • 1975
    Alexandre Daigle, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975
    Wes Borland, American guitarist (Limp Bizkit)
  • 1976
    Kelly Choi, Korean-American TV hostess of Top Chef Masters
  • 1976
    Sreto Ristić, German soccer player
  • 1977
    Dimitris Papanikolaou, Greek basketball player
  • 1977
    Georgios Alexopoulos, Greek soccer player
  • 1977
    Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman competitor
  • 1977
    Paul Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, Japanese footballer
  • 1978
    Ashton Kutcher, American actor
  • 1978
    Daniel Van Buyten, Belgian soccer player
  • 1978
    David Aebischer, Swiss ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Endy Chávez, baseball player
  • 1979
    Cerina Vincent, American actress
  • 1979
    Daniel Bierofka, German footballer
  • 1979
    Jon Leicester, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Nicola Campedelli, Italian footballer
  • 1980
    Kevin J. Boyle, American politician
  • 1980
    Maximiliano Cejas, Argentine footballer
  • 1981
    Lee Ok-Sung, South Korean amateur boxer
  • 1982
    Mickael Pietrus, French-born basketball player
  • 1982
    Osamu Mukai, Japanese actor
  • 1983
    Christian Klien, Austrian racing driver
  • 1983
    Georgios Gougoulias, Greek footballer
  • 1983
    Scott Feldman, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Sho Kamogawa, Japanese football player
  • 1983
    Teshome Getu, Ethiopian soccer player
  • 1984
    Lenny Pidgeley, British footballer
  • 1985
    Deborah Ann Woll, American actress
  • 1985
    Devis Nossa, Italian footballer
  • 1985
    Tina Majorino, American actress
  • 1986
    Michael Orozco Fiscal, American soccer player
  • 1986
    Pippa Wilson, British professional sailor
  • 1987
    Joe Cardle, British footballer
  • 1987
    Kerli, Estonian singer
  • 1988
    Ai Kago, Japanese singer
  • 1988
    Albin Hodza, French footballer
  • 1988
    Lee Don-Ku, South Korean ice hockey defenceman player
  • 1988
    Lee Joon, Korean singer (MBLAQ)
  • 1988
    Matthew Stafford, American NFL football player
  • 1989
    Louisa Lytton, British actress
  • 1989
    Nick Calathes, Greek basketball player
  • 1990
    Anna Abreu, Finnish singer
  • 1990
    Neil Etheridge, English–Filipino footballer
  • 1990
    Steven Stamkos, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1991
    Zhou Yimiao' Chinese tennis player
  • 1992
    Maimi Yajima, Japanese singer
  • 1993
    David Dorfman, American actor
  • 1996
    David Castro, American actor
  • 1996
    Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer

Who Died On February 7?

  • 999
    Boleslaus II of Bohemia
  • 1045
    Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (b. 1009)
  • 1317
    Robert, Count of Clermont, French founder of the House of Bourbon (b. 1256)
  • 1560
    Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (b. 1493)
  • 1603
    Hermann Wilken, German humanist and mathematician (b. 1522)
  • 1626
    William V, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1548)
  • 1642
    William Bedell, English clergyman (b. 1571)
  • 1652
    Gregorio Allegri, Italian composer (b. 1582)
  • 1690
    William Morice, English royalist statesman
  • 1693
    Paul Pellisson, French writer (b. 1624)
  • 1736
    Stephen Gray, English astronomer and scientist (b. 1666)
  • 1779
    William Boyce, English composer (b. 1711)
  • 1799
    Qianlong Emperor of China (b. 1711)
  • 1801
    Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (b. 1726)
  • 1823
    Ann Radcliffe, English novelist (b. 1764)
  • 1837
    King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (b. 1778)
  • 1839
    Karl August Nicander, Swedish poet (b. 1799)
  • 1862
    Francisco de Paula Martinez de la Rosa, Spanish statesman and dramatist (b. 1787)
  • 1871
    Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, piano manufacturer (Steinway & Sons) (b. 1797)
  • 1873
    Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (b. 1814)
  • 1878
    Blessed Pope Pius IX (b. 1792)
  • 1897
    Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (b. 1847)
  • 1898
    John Reily Knox, Lawyer and founder of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity (b. 1820)
  • 1919
    William Halford, American naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1841)
  • 1920
    Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander (b. 1874)
  • 1937
    Elihu Root, American statesman and diplomat, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1938
    Harvey Firestone, American manufacturer (b. 1868)
  • 1939
    Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • 1942
    Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (b. 1876)
  • 1944
    Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1952
    Pete Henry, American professional American football player and coach (b. 1897)
  • 1959
    Daniel François Malan, South African Prime Minister, father of Apartheid policy (b. 1874)
  • 1959
    Guitar Slim, American blues guitarist (b. 1926)
  • 1959
    Nap Lajoie, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • 1960
    Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist (b. 1903)
  • 1962
    Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • 1963
    Learco Guerra, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • 1964
    Sophoklis Venizelos, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1894)
  • 1968
    Nick Adams, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 1979
    Dr. Josef Mengele, German, Nazi war criminal (b. 1911)
  • 1980
    Secondo Campini, Italian jet pioneer (b. 1904)
  • 1985
    Matt Monro, English singer (b. 1932)
  • 1986
    Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (b. 1923)
  • 1990
    Alfredo M. Santos, Filipino military figure (b. 1905)
  • 1990
    Jimmy Van Heusen, American songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1991
    Amos Yarkoni, Israeli soldier, Medal of Distinguished Service recipient (b. 1920)
  • 1991
    Jean-Paul Mousseau, French-Canadian painter, member of Les Automatistes (b. 1927)
  • 1992
    Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • 1994
    Arnold Smith, Canadian diplomat (b. 1915)
  • 1994
    Stephen Milligan, British journalist and politician (b. 1948)
  • 1994
    Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer (b. 1913)
  • 1996
    Phillip Davidson, US Army general (b. 1915)
  • 1998
    Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • 1999
    Bobby Troup, American musician and actor (b. 1918)
  • 1999
    José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
  • 1999
    King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
  • 2000
    Big Pun, Puerto Rican-American rapper (b. 1971)
  • 2000
    Dave Peverett, English musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown) (b. 1943)
  • 2000
    Doug Henning, Canadian magician (b. 1947)
  • 2000
    Shiho Niiyama, Japanese voice actress (b. 1970)
  • 2001
    Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (b. 1906)
  • 2001
    Dale Evans, American actress and singer (b. 1912)
  • 2002
    Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • 2009
    Brian Naylor, Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
  • 2009
    Molly Bee, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 2010
    Franco Ballerini, Italian Cycler, Coach of the Italy team of cycling (b. 1964)

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