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Daily Trivia Facts - February 7

Births

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)
1693 - Empress Anna of Russia (d. 1740)
1812 - Charles Dickens, English novelist (d. 1870)
1842 - Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (d. 1923)
1867 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (d. 1957)
1870 - Alfred Adler, Austrian psychologist (d. 1937)
1877 - Godfrey Harold Hardy, English mathematician (d. 1947)
1883 - Eubie Blake, American musician and composer (d. 1983)
1885 - Sinclair Lewis, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1951)
1885 - Hugo Sperrle, German field marshal (d. 1953)
1889 - Harry Nyquist, important contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
1895 - Anita Stewart, American film actress (d. 1961)
1898 - Dock Boggs, American musician (d. 1971)
1905 - Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1983)
1905 - Paul Nizan, French author (d. 1940)
1906 - Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
1906 - Puyi, Emperor of China (d. 1967)
1907 - Yevgeniy Abalakov, famous Soviet mountaineer (d. 1948)
1908 - Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983)
1914 - Ramón Mercader, Spanish assassin of Leon Trotsky (d. 1978)
1915 - Eddie Bracken, American actor (d. 2002)
1918 - Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)
1920 - An Wang, Chinese-born computer pioneer (d. 1990)
1922 - Hattie Jacques, English actress (d. 1980)
1926 - Konstantin Feoktistov, cosmonaut
1927 - Juliette Greco, French singer and actor
1927 - Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner
1932 - Gay Talese, American author
1932 - Al Worden, American astronaut
1933 - John Anderton, English footballer
1934 - Earl King, American musician (d. 2003)
1934 - Eddie Fenech Adami, President of Malta
1938 - S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
1943 - Gareth Hunt, English actor
1945 - Gerald Davies, Welsh rugby player
1945 - Pete Postlethwaite, English actor
1949 - Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
1953 - Dan Quisenberry, baseball player (d. 1998)
1954 - Dieter Bohlen German composer
1955 - Rolf Benirschke, American football player
1955 - Mario Coutinho Brazilian physician
1955 - Miguel Ferrer, American actor
1956 - Emo Philips, American comedian
1957 - Carney Lansford, American baseball player
1960 - James Spader, American actor
1962 - Garth Brooks, American singer
1962 - Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
1962 - David Bryan, American musician (Bon Jovi)
1965 - Jason Gedrick, American actor
1965 - Chris Rock, American comedian and actor
1968 - Peter Bondra, Ukrainian-born hockey player
1968 - Sully Erna, American singer (Godsmack)
1972 - Alex Bassi, American Race Car Driver
1974- Steve Nash, Canadian basketball player
1974 - J Dilla, also known as Jay-Dee, American hip-hop producer (d. 2006)
1975 - Wes Borland, American guitarist (Limp Bizkit)
1978 - Ashton Kutcher, American actor
1978 - Daniel Van Buyten, Belgian international footballer
1985 - Tina Majorino, American actress
1985 - Clara Bryant, American actress
1988 - Ai Kago, Japanese singer (W (Double You), Morning Musume, and MiniMoni)

Deaths

1045 - Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (b. 1009)
1317 - Robert, Count of Clermont, French founder of the House of Bourbon (b. 1256)
1560 - Bartolommeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (b. 1493)
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)
1873 - Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (b. 1814)
1878 - Pope Pius IX (b. 1792)
1897 - Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (b. 1847)
1898 - John Reily Knox, Founder of Beta Theta Pi (b. 1820)
1919 - William Halford, American naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient
1920 - Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander (b. 1874)
1937 - Elihu Root, American statesman and diplomat, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1845)
1938 - Harvey Firestone, American manufacturer (b. 1868)
1939 - Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (b. 1886)
1942 - Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (b. 1876)
1960 - Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist (b. 1903)
1968 - Nick Adams, American actor (b. 1931)
1973 - Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal (b. 1892)
1979 - Josef Mengele, 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 - Jimmy Van Heusen, American songwriter (b. 1913)
1993 - Lillian Gish, American actress (b. 1893)
1994 - Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer (b. 1913)
1994 - Stephen Milligan, British journalist and politician (b. 1948)
1996 - Phillip Davidson, US Army general (b. 1915)
1998 - Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
1999 - King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
1999 - José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
1999 - Bobby Troup, American musician and actor (b. 1918)
2000 - Big Pun, Puerto Rican rapper (b. 1971)
2000 - Doug Henning, Canadian magician (b. 1947)
2001 - Dale Evans, American actress and singer (b. 1912)
2001 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (b. 1906)
2002 - Elisa Bridges, American model (b. 1973)
2003 - Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)
2003 - John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)
2004 - John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
2006 - Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)

Events

457 - Leo I becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
1301 - Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II of England) becomes the first English Prince of Wales.
1550 - Julius III becomes Pope.
1613 - Mikhail Romanov becomes Tsar of Russia.
1795 - The 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed.
1807 - Napoléon's French Empire begin fighting against Russian and Prussian forces of the Fourth Coalition at the Battle of Eylau in Eylau, Poland.
1812 - The strongest in a series of earthquakes strikes New Madrid, Missouri.
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 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot. [1]
1863 - HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189.
1882 - The last heavyweight boxing championship bare-knuckle fight takes place in Mississippi City, Mississippi.
1894 - The Cripple Creek miner's strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
1898 - Emile Zola is brought to trial for libel for publishing J'Accuse.
1900 - The British Labour Party is formed.
1904 - A fire in Baltimore, Maryland destroys over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours.
1914 - Charlie Chaplin first appears as "The Tramp", as his first film Kid Auto Races at Venice is released at Keystone Studios.
1942 - In Drakulici, Banja Luka, Croatian Nazis kill 2,300 Serbian civilians, among them 551 children.
1944 - World War II: In Anzio, Italy Nazi forces launch a counteroffensive.
1948 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff and was succeeded by Gen. Omar Bradley.
1962 - The United States Government bans all Cuban imports and exports.
1964 - The Beatles arrive on their first visit to the United States.
1967 - A fire at a restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama kills 25 people.
1969 - The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service.
1971 - Women gain the right to vote in Switzerland.
1974 - Grenada becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1976 - Future Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores six goals and records four assists in an 11-4 victory over the Boston Bruins, setting a NHL record with 10 points in one game.
1977 - The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 24.
1979 - Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either planet was known to science.
1984 - Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk.
1985 - "New York, New York" becomes the official city anthem of New York City.
1986 - Twenty-eight years of one-family rule end in Haiti, when President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the Caribbean nation.
1990 - Collapse of the Soviet Union: The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly of power.
1991 - Haiti's first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in.
1991 - The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.
1992 - The European Union is formed.
1995 - Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan.
1999 - Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
2000 - Bahria University is established through the Presidential Ordinance No. V of 2000 of Government of Pakistan.
2003 - Last contact with Pioneer 10.

Holidays

Independence Day in Grenada (1974).
Bahá'í Faith - Feast of Mulk (Dominion) - First day of the 18th month of the Bahá'í Calendar.
Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan (2005).
Saints Paul Miki and his 25 companians (d. Nagasaki, 1597)
Blessed Eugenia Smet (d.1871)
     
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