Today in History, February 7th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 7th!

1783 The Siege of Gibraltar, which was pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24, 1779, is finally lifted.
1812 Author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England.
1818 The first successful U.S. educational magazine, Academician, begins publication in New York City.
1882 American pugilist John L. Sullivan becomes the last of the bare-knuckle world heavyweight champions with his defeat of Patty Ryan in Mississippi City.John-L-Sullivan
1913 The Turks lose 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.
1915 Fieldmarshal Paul von Hindenburg moves on Russians at Masurian Lakes.
1917 The British steamer California is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat.
1926 Negro History Week, originated by Carter G. Woodson, is observed for the first time.
1928 The United States signs an arbitration treaty with France.
1931 Amelia Earhart weds George Putnam in Connecticut.Amelia-Earhart-and-George-Putnam
1944 The Germans launch a second attack against the Allied beachead at Anzio, Italy. They hoped to push the Allies back into the sea.
1950 The United States recognizes Vietnam under the leadership of Emperor Bao Dai, not Ho Chi Minh who is recognized by the Soviets.
1962 President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba..
1963 The Mona Lisa is put on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
1964 The British band The Beatles are greeted by 25,000 fans upon their arrival in the United States at JFK Airport.
1965 U.S. jets hit Don Hoi guerrilla base in reprisal for the Viet Cong raids.
1968 North Vietnamese use 11 Soviet-built light tanks to overrun the U.S. Special Forces camp at Lang Vei at the end of an 18-hour long siege.
1974 The island nation of Grenada won independence from Britain.
1978 Ethiopia mounts a counter attack against Somalia.
1983 Iran opens an invasion in the southeast of Iraq.
1984 Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk.
1986 Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country, ending 28 years of family rule.
1990 The Soviet Union’s Communist Party gave up its monopoly on power by agreeing to let other political parties compete for control of the country.
1991 Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti’s first democratically elected president.
1992 European Community members signed the Maastricht Treaty, which led to creation of the euro.
1995 Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan.
1999 Jordan’s King Hussein died at age 63.
2011 AOL Inc. announced the $315 million purchase of The Huffington Post website. AOL HUFFINGTON POST
2012 A federal appeals court ruled California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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