Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February 7 in History

February 7 is the 38th day of the year. There are 328 days remaining until the end of the year.
  • 1497 – The bonfire of the vanities, the burning of cosmetics, art, and books, occurred in Florence, Italy by supporters of Girolamo Savonarola.
  • 1795 – The 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which deals with each state’s sovereign immunity, was ratified.
  • 1812 – Charles Dickens, English author, was born. He died in 1870.
  • 1885 – Sinclair Lewis, American author & Nobel Laureate, was born. He died in 1951.
  • 1906 – Puyi, Emperor of China, was born. He was the last Qing emperor. He died in 1967.
  • 1907 – The Mud March was the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
  • 1935 – The classic board game Monopoly was invented.
  • 1937 – Elihu Root, American statesman & 1912 Nobel laureate, died. He was born in 1845.
  • 1979 – Pluto moved inside Neptune’s orbit for the first time since each was discovered.
  • 1984 - Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart made the first untethered space walk, using the Manned Maneuvering Unit. 

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