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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturns California's Proposition 8 banning gay marriage in that state. //latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/02/gay-marriage-prop-8s-ban-ruled-unconstitutional.html ("Los Angeles Times")

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Saturday, February 7, 2009

2009 Southeastern Australia heat wave continues:
The deadliest bushfires in Australian history begin they kill 173, injure 500 more, and leave 7,500 homeless. The fires come after Melbourne records the highest-ever temperature (46.4°C, 115°F) of any capital city in Australia. The majority of the fires are ignited by either fallen or clashing power lines or deliberately lit.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

"STS-122": Space Shuttle Atlantis launches to deliver the European-built Columbus science laboratory to the International Space Station.
Space Shuttle Atlantis launches successfully on its STS-122 mission. //www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,329069,00.html (Fox News)

Saturday, February 7, 2004

Several leaders of Abnaa el-Balad are arrested in Israel.
Up to 4000 protesters in Albania threw rocks and tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Fatos Nano whom they have accused of creating policies that impoverish Albanians. //www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNewsstoryID=454175section=news
At least 50 people are killed in a car bomb attack on a police recruitment centre south of Baghdad.
Israeli Airforce helicopter gunship fires a missile and destroys a car carrying Islamic Jihad members in Gaza City, killing a leading Islamic Jihad militant and an 11-year-old boy. //www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/391574.html

Friday, February 7, 2003

The last game is completed in the FIDE Man vs Machine World Chess Chionship, in which Garry Kasparov, the highest rated human chess master, competed against the world chion computer program, Deep Junior. The six game match was played to a 3–3 draw.
President George W. Bush ordered the government to draw up guidelines for cyber-attacks against enemy computer networks, according to a Washington Post report. The order is known as National Security Presidential Directive 16.
Senior citizens groups began a call for a boycott of British-owned pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline, the largest in the world, after the company announced that it would no longer sell drugs to Canadian companies that sell drugs at steep discounts to Americans over the Internet. The boycott would include such brands as Tums antacid, Aquafresh toothpaste, Contac cold remedy, Paxil and Flonase.

Monday, February 7, 2000

Stipe Mesic is elected president of Croatia.

Sunday, February 7, 1999

King Hussein of Jordan dies from cancer, and his son Abdullah II inherits the throne.

Saturday, February 7, 1998

22 ndash The 1998 Winter Olympics are held in Nagano, Japan.

Wednesday, February 7, 1996

René Préval succeeds Jean-Bertrand Aristide as president of Haiti, in the first peaceful handover of power since the nation achieved independence.

Friday, February 7, 1992

The Maastricht Treaty is signed, founding the European Union.

Friday, February 7, 1986

President Jean-Claude Duvalier (Baby Doc) flees Haiti, ending 28 years of family rule.

Tuesday, February 7, 1984

Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk.

Monday, February 7, 1977

The Soviet Union launches "Soyuz 24" (Viktor Gorbatko, Yuri Glazkov) to dock with the "Salyut 5" space station.

Friday, February 7, 1969

The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service.

Thursday, February 7, 1952

Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom (and her five other Commonwealth realms) at St. James's Palace, London, England.

Wednesday, February 7, 1945

Walter Ulbricht becomes leader of the German Communists in Moscow.
WWII: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.
WWII: Black Friday: A force of Allied Bristol Beaufighter aircraft suffers heavy casualties in an unsuccessful attack on German destroyer \'\'Z33\'\' and escorting vessels sheltering in Førde Fjord, Norway.

Monday, February 7, 1944

WWII: In Anzio, Italian forces launch a counteroffensive.

Sunday, February 7, 1943

WWII: In the United States, it is announced that shoe rationing will go into effect in 2 days.

Saturday, February 7, 1942

Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States.
Post of Chief of the Air Force Staff created.
WWII: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.
António Óscar Carmona is elected president of Portugal.
Maritime Commission fleet operations transferred to War Shipping Administration (lasting until September 1, 1946).
The ocean liner catches fire while being converted into the troopship USS "Lafayette" (AP-53) for WWII.

Wednesday, February 7, 1940

RKO release Walt Disney's second full-length animated film, "Pinocchio".

Thursday, February 7, 1924

Death penalty: The first state execution using gas in the United States takes place in Nevada.

Saturday, February 7, 1920

Sunday, February 7, 1904

The Great Baltimore Fire in Baltimore, Maryland destroys over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours.

Saturday, February 7, 1885

The play "La vida alegre y muerte triste" by dramatist José Echegaray opens.

Thursday, February 7, 1878

Pope Pius IX dies after a 31½ year reign (the longest definitely confirmed).

Thursday, February 7, 1867

Wednesday, February 7, 1866

Battle of Abtao: A Spanish naval squadron fights a combined Peruvian-Chilean fleet, at the island of Abtao in the Chiloé Archipelago of central Chile.

Saturday, February 7, 1863

HMS \'\'Orpheus\'\' sinks attempting to enter Manukau Harbour in New Zealand, with the loss of 189 lives.
Alanson Crane patents a fire extinguisher.
HMS "Orpheus" sinks attempting to enter Manukau Harbour in New Zealand, with the loss of 189 lives.
The world-famous midgets General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren get married in New York CityP. T. Barnum takes an entrance fee.

Thursday, February 7, 1856

The nawab of Oudh (Wajid Ali Shah) is exiled to Metiabruz and the state is annexed by the British East India Company.

Friday, February 7, 1845

In the British Museum, a drunken visitor smashes the Portland Vase, which takes months to repair.

Monday, February 7, 1842

March ndash Commonwealth v. Hunt: the Massachusetts Supreme Court makes strikes and unions legal in the United States.
Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia, defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.

Friday, February 7, 1812

The last New Madrid Earthquake strikes New Madrid, Missouri, with an estimated moment magnitude of over 8

Saturday, February 7, 1807

Battle of Eylau: Napoléon's French Empire begins fighting against Russian and Prussian forces of the Fourth Coalition.

Saturday, February 7, 1795

March ndash English Benedictine monks expelled from Douai are permitted to proceed to England.

Thursday, February 7, 1613

An assembly of the Russian Empire elects Mikhail Romanov to be Tsar of Russia, and establishes the Romanov Dynasty, ending the Time of Troubles.

Sunday, January 29, 1497 (Julianian calendar)

May ndash Cornish Rebellion in England incited by war taxes.ref name=Cassell's Chronology
Shrove Tuesday) ndash Followers of Girolamo Savonarola burn thousands of immoral objects at the Bonfire of the Vanities in Florence.

Thursday, January 29, 1450 (Julianian calendar)

March ndash French troops under Guy de Richemont besiege the English commander in France, Edmund Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, in Caen.

Monday, January 29, 1403 (Julianian calendar)

King Henry IV of England marries Joanna of Navarre, the daughter of Charles d'Évreux, King of Navarre.

Monday, January 30, 1301 (Julianian calendar)

Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II of England) becomes the first Prince of Wales.

Saturday, February 1, 1074 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of Montesarchio: Prince Pandulf IV of Benevento is killed battling the encroaching Normans.
William the Conqueror orders the White Tower to be built.
The Liao Dynasty emperor rejects a proposal for all Khitan people to adopt surnames.

Wednesday, February 6, 457 (Julianian calendar)

Leo I, Thraco-Roman (or Dacian) high-ranking officer, becomes new emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire. He is first to accept the Byzantine crown from the hands of the patriarch of Constantinople.
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