It happened today – this day in history – February 7

1238: The Mongols burn the Russian city of Vladimir.

1301: Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes the first English Prince of Wales.

1613: Michail Romanov, aged 16, becomes Tsar of Russia.

1688: Birth of Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel, Princess of Orange and ancestor of all currently reigning monarchs in Europe.

1783: The Great Siege of Gibraltar launched by France and Spain against the British colony during American War of Independence is lifted after 3 years and 7 months.

1812: Lord Byron makes his maiden speech in the House of Lords. On the same day, Charles Dickens is born in Portsmouth.

1845: The Portland Vase, thought to date to the 1st century BC is shattered into more than 80 pieces by a drunken visitor to the British Museum.

1856: The Colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the first piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.

1900: British troops vacate Vaal Krantz, Natal.

1914: Charlie Chaplin debuts his character The Tramp in the film “Kid Auto Races at Venice”.

1928: The first solo flight from England to Australia takes off from Croydon, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler.

1931: Aviator Amelia Earhart marries publisher George Palmer Putnam in Connecticut.

1944: Bing Crosby records Swinging on a Star for Decca Records.

1945: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila, The Philippines.

1947: The UK announces its intention to end the Mandate for Palestine.

1950: Senator Joe McCarthy finds “communists” in the US State Department.

1959: Blues artist Guitar Slim dies of pneumonia aged 32.

1963: Singles chart:

  1. Diamonds – Jet Harri and Tony Meehan
  2. The Next Time/Bachelor Boy – Cliff Richard
  3. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  4. Wayward Wind – Frank Ifield
  5. Like I Do – Maureen Evans
  6. Globetrotter – The Tornados
  7. Little Town Flirt – Del Shannon
  8. Don’t You Think It’ Time – Mike Berry and the Outlaws
  9. Dance On – The Shadows
  10. Island Of Dreams – The Springfields

1964: The Beatles, arrive in New York to a rapturous reception at the start of their first trip to the US.

1965: George Harrison has his tonsils removed.

1969: The Who record Pinball Wizard at Morgan Studios, London.

1971: Switzerland agrees on allowing women to vote following a referendum.


1974: Grenada gains independence from Britain. On the same day, Prime Minister Edward Heath calls for a ‘snap’ general election in the midst of a protracted miners’ strike and The Symbionese Liberation Army claims responsibility for the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst.

1979: Stephen Stills becomes the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in the Record Plant, Los Angeles. However, it wasn’t the first release, which was the album Bop ‘Til You Drop by Ry Cooder.

1984: American astronaut Bruce McCandless makes the first untethered space walk.

1985: Singer Matt Monro (Terence Parsons) dies from liver cancer.

1986: Haiti president Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France.

1987: South Korean police make hundreds of arrests in the country’s biggest demonstrations for six years after the death of a student while in custody.

1991: The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting. On the same day, Jean-Bertrand Aristide is sworn in as Haiti’s first elected president.

1992: Ministers from the 12 countries in the European Community sign the Maastricht Treaty, creating the EU.

1995: Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting retire from test cricket.

1998 The 18th Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan.

1999: Crown Prince Abdullah becomes King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.

2000: Rapper Big Punisher (known by his stage name Big Pun), dies of a heart attack, aged 28 weighing 50 stone.

2005: Britain’s Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world.

2010: The New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17 to win the Super Bowl in Miami.

2010: Lady Gaga – The Fame

Album chart:

  1. The Element Of Freedom – Alicia Keys
  2. Forever Vienna – Andre Rieu
  3. Sunny Side Up – Paolo Nutini
  4. Lungs – Florence and the Machine
  5. The Sea – Corinne Bailey Rae
  6. The Fame – Lady Gaga
  7. Alvin & The Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel – Alvin & the Chipmunks
  8. Animal – Kesha
  9. Unconditional Love Songs – Peter Andre
  10. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

2014: The 22nd Winter Olympic Games open in Sochi, Russia.

2016: The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, 24–10 to win the Super Bowl.

2018: White House aide Rob Porter resigns in wake of physical abuse allegations by ex-wives.

2019: France recalls its Italian ambassador from Rome after Italian deputy PM Luigi Di Maio meets with yellow vest protesters.

2021: Quarterback Tom Brady record his record breaking seventh Super Bowl win as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.

2022: French president Emmanuel Macron meets with Rusian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow amid a build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.

James Spader

BIRTHDAYS: John Weathers, drummer (Gentle Giant) 76; Sammy Lee, footballer/coach, 64; Mick McCarthy, football manager, 64; Steve Bronski, musician (Bronski Beat) 63; James Spader, actor, 63; David Bryan, keyboards (Bon Jovi) 61; Eddie Izzard, comedian/actor, 61; Garth Brooks, country artist, 61; Chris Rock, comedian/actor, 58; Danny Goffey, drummer, (Supergrass) 49; Wes Borland, guitarist (Limp Bizkit) 48; Aston (Christopher) Kutcher, actor, 45; Deborah Ann Woll, actress, 38; Louisa Lytton, actress, 34.