Today in History - February 7

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457        Feb 7, A Thracian officer by the name of Leo was proclaimed as emperor of the East by the army general, Aspar, on the death of the Emperor Marcian.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

590        Feb 7, Pelagius II, Gothic Pope (579-90), died from plague.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1249        Feb 7, The Christburg Peace Treaty forced the Prussians to recognize the rule of the Teutonic Knights. Within about 50 years the Teutonic Knights and Knights of the Cross had overcome most of Prussia and established German as the dominant culture and language. The German orders then turned to Lithuania.
    (H of L, 1931, p.25)(LHC, 2/7/03)

1301        Feb 7, Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) became the 1st prince of Wales.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1478        Feb 7, Sir Thomas Moore (d.1535), English humanist, statesman and writer, was born in London. He was best friend of Erasmus, and called by Erasmus: "a man for all seasons." He studied law and rose to the post of lord chancellor after the fall of Cardinal Wolsey. More would not accept Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon nor his subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn. The king had charges of treason filed and More was beheaded on July 6, 1535. He was canonized in 1935. The 1966 film “A man for All Seasons" was based on his life. He is famous for "Utopia."
    (V.D.-H.K.p.160)(CU, 6/87)(WUD, 1994, p.931)(HN, 2/7/99)

1497        Feb 7, Followers of the priest Girolamo Savonarola collected and publicly burned thousands of objects in Florence, Italy, on the Shrove Tuesday festival. Tom Wolfe's 1997 novel, “The Bonfire of the Vanities," makes reference to the original event, but is not a retelling of the story.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonfire_of_the_Vanities)

1522        Feb 7, Treaty of Brussels: Habsburgers split into Spanish and Austrian Branches.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1569        Feb 7, King Philip II ordered the inquisition in South America.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1609        Feb 7, Ferdinand I, cardinal, ruler of Tuscany, died.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1612        Feb 7, Thomas Killigrew, English humorist, playwright, leader (King's Men), was born.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1639        Feb 7, Academie Francaise began its Dictionary of French Language.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1668        Feb 7, English King William III danced in the premiere of "Ballet of Peace."
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1668        Feb 7, The Netherlands, England and Sweden concluded an alliance directed against Louis XIV of France.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1693        Feb 7, Anna Ivanova Romanova, empress of Russia (1730-40) [NS], was born.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1710        Feb 7, William Boyce, English organist, composer of Cathedral music, was born.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1739        Feb 7, Joseph Pouteau, composer, was born.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1740        Feb 7, Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl, general, MP, was born.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1743        Feb 7, Lodovico Giustini (57), composer, died.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1749        Feb 7, Andre Cardinal Destouches (76), composer, died.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1752        Feb 7, Publication, sale and distribution of the 1st 2 volumes of the Encyclopedie were summarily forbidden by order of King Louis XV. Chretien de Malesherbes, the French director of publications, managed to broker a compromise that included a layer of censorship and a 3rd volume was published by the end of 1753.
    (ON, 4/05, p.9)

1779        Feb 7, William Boyce (67), composer, died. [see Feb 16]
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1799        Feb 7, China’s Emperor Qianlong (b.1711) died. He was the sixth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty, and the fourth Qing emperor to rule over China (1735-1796).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qianlong_Emperor)

1783        Feb 7, The Siege of Gibraltar, pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24, 1779, was finally lifted. [see Sep 13, 1782]
    (HN, 2/7/99)(ON, 7/01, p.10)

1784        Feb 7, In Iceland the Lakagicar (Laki) volcano ceased its eruptions. Smoke from the 8 months of eruptions caused one of the longest and coldest winters in Europe. [see Jun 8, 1783]
    (ON, 2/04, p.10)

1792        Feb 7, Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto," premiered in Vienna.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1795        Feb 7, The 11th Amendment to US Constitution was ratified.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1801        Feb 7, John Rylands, merchant, philanthropist, was born in England.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1804        Feb 7, John Deere, farm equipment manufacturer, was born.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1812        Feb 7, Charles Dickens, English novelist, was born in Portsmouth, England. His stories reflected life in Victorian England. In his novel "Dombey & Son," Dickens confronted the subject of money, and its use as a measure of success. His work also included "Master Humphrey’s Clock," published in installments like most of his novels. The closing line of A Christmas Carol: "And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!" Some of his more famous novels include "Oliver Twist" and "A Tale of Two Cities."
    (SFC, 6/17/97, p.E3)(AP, 2/7/97)(HN, 2/7/99)
1812        Feb 7, Lord Byron made his maiden speech in House of Lords.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1818        Feb 7, The first successful U.S. educational magazine, Academician, began publication in New York City.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1820        Feb 7, Samuel Adams Holyoke (57/58), composer, died.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1827        Feb 7, Ballet (Deserter) was introduced to US at Bowery Theater in NYC.
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1827        Feb 7, Franz Anton Dimmler (73), composer, died.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1831        Feb 7, The first Belgian Constitution was ratified.
    (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~noemeetjesland/1830/1830.htm)

1836        Feb 7, The essays "Sketches by Boz" were published by Charles Dickens.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1837        Feb 7, Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, Scottish lexicographer and editor, was born. He created the Oxford Dictionary.
    (HN, 2/7/01)(MC, 2/7/02)

1839        Feb 7, Henry Clay declared in Senate "I had rather be right than president."
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1857        Feb 7, A French court acquitted author Gustave Flaubert of obscenity for his serialized novel "Madame Bovary."
    (AP, 2/7/08)

1861        Feb 7, The general council of the Choctaw Indian nation adopted a resolution declaring allegiance with the South "in the event a permanent dissolution of the American Union takes place."
    (AP, 2/7/07)

1862        Feb 7, Bernard Maybeck (d.1957), architect, was born in NYC. He designed the Palace of Fine Arts in SF and the First Church of Christ Scientist in Berkeley.
    (SFEM,12/797, p.46)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Maybeck)
1862        Feb 7, Federal fleet attacked Roanoke Island, NC.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1864        Feb 7, Federal troops occupied Jacksonville, Florida.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1865        Feb 7, John Henry Winder (b.1800), US Confederate brig-gen and provost marshal, died. He was in charge of all Union prisoners east of the Mississippi River.
    (www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USACWwinder.htm)

1867        Feb 7, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author, was born. She wrote "Little House in the Big Woods" which was basis for television's "Little House on the Prairie."
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1870        Feb 7, Alfred Adler, psychiatrist (Inferiority Complex), was born in Austria.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1871        Feb 7, Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammer, composer, was born.
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1871        Feb 7, Henry Steinway (b.1797), German-American piano maker, died. In 2006 James Barron authored “Piano," a history of the development of the modern piano.
    (WSJ, 7/15/06, p.P8)(http://tinyurl.com/qn6dy)

1872        Feb 7, Alcorn A & M College opened.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1876          Feb 7, Pres Grant's private secretary, Gen. Orville E. Babcock, was acquitted of involvement in the Whiskey Ring. The "Whiskey Ring" was a conspiracy among distillers, revenue collectors, and high federal officials to avoid taxation through fraudulent reports on whiskey production. 230 indictments were secured, but no convictions were made. Grant helped Babcock secure an acquittal for his part in the ring. This affair contributed to the reputation for corruption that Grant's administrations acquired.
    (MC, 2/7/02)(Internet)

1878        Feb 7, Pope Pius IX (1846-1878), Giovanni Ferretti (85), died. Revenge-seeking Italian liberals tried to dump his body into the Tiber River. He served 31 years, seven months and 22 days
    (PTA, 1980, p.510)(SFC, 9/1/00, p.D4)(AP, 10/15/03)

1882        Feb 7, American pugilist John L. Sullivan became the last of the bare-knuckle world heavyweight champions with his defeat of Patty Ryan in Mississippi City.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_L._Sullivan)

1883        Feb 7, Eubie Blake, ragtime composer, pianist (Memories of You), was born.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1885        Feb 7, Sinclair Lewis (d.1951), American novelist of satire and realism, was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. His books include "Arrowsmith" and "Elmer Gantry." “There are two insults which no human will endure: the assertion that he hasn’t a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble." "Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
    (AP, 6/26/98)(AP, 12/22/99)(HNQ, 5/18/98)(HN, 2/7/99)

1891        Feb 7, US Great Blizzard of 1891 began.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1894        Feb 7, The US House of Representatives passed a resolution that prevented the sending of US troops to Hawaii to restore Queen Lili’uokalani.
    (ON, 11/02, p.7)

1904        Feb 7, A fire in Baltimore raged for about 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings over 80 blocks. The fired caused an estimated $80 million in damages.
    (AP, 2/7/97)(SFC, 9/27/99, p.A23)(MC, 2/7/02)

1905        Feb 7, Ulf Svante von Euler-Chelpin, Swedish physiologist, was born.
    (HN, 2/7/01)
1905        Feb 7, Congress granted statehood to Oklahoma. New Mexico and Arizona were the only remaining territories. [see 1907]
    (HN, 2/7/99)
1905        Feb 7, The Dominican Republic signed a treaty turning over customs collection to US.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1906        Feb 7, Aisingyoro Henry Puyi, the last emperor of China, was born in Beijing.
    (SFC, 6/11/97, p.C16)(AP, 2/7/06)

1910        Feb 7, Edmond Rostand's "Chanticleer," premiered in Paris.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1812        Feb 7, A 3rd major earthquake shook New Madrid, Missouri, and for a few hours reversed the course of the Mississippi River. [see Dec 15-16, 1811, Jan 23, 1912]
    (NH, 3/1/04, p.67)

1913        Feb 7, Turks lost 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1914        Feb 7, Charlie Chaplin debuted "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice."
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1914        Feb 7, Steel work was completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, SF.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1915        Feb 7, 1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station was received.
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1915        Feb 7, Fieldmarshal Paul von Hindenburg moved on Russians at Masurian Lakes.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1917        Feb 7, The British steamer California was sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1918        Feb 7, Singapore businessman Ong Sam Leong (b.1857) died. He made a fortune out of his monopoly on the supply of coolie labor from China to phosphate mines on Christmas Island.
    (http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_1461_2009-02-19.html)

1920        Feb 7, Oscar Brand, folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), was born in Winnipeg, Canada.
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1920        Feb 7, Adm. Alexander Kolchak (b.1874), commander of the White Army in Siberia during the civil war that followed the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, was executed by a firing squad in Irkutsk about a month after relinquishing command of anti-Bolshevik forces. He was condemned in Soviet law as a counterrevolutionary. In 2004 efforts began to exonerate him.
    (AP, 12/7/04)(www.firstworldwar.com/bio/kolchak.htm)

1922        Feb 7, John Willard's "Cat & the Canary," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1924        Feb 7, Mussolini government exchanged diplomats with USSR.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1926        Feb 7, Negro History Week, originated by Carter G. Woodson, was observed for the first time. The 2nd week in February was declared Negro History Week.
    (USAT, 2/14/97, p.15A)(HN, 2/7/99)

1928        Feb 7, The United States signed an arbitration treaty with France.
    (HN, 2/7/99)
1928        Feb 7, Australian Bert Hinkler took off from London in a two-seat Avro 581E Avian biplane on the first leg of his solo flight from England to Australia. On February 22, after flying 128 hours in less than 16 days, Hinkler's 11,250-mile adventure ended in Darwin, Australia.
    (HNQ, 2/7/01)

1931        Feb 7, US opera, "Peter Ibbetson," by Deems Taylor premiered at Met Opera NYC.
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1931        Feb 7, Amelia Earhart (33), aviatrix, married George Palmer Putnam (45), divorced heir to a publishing empire in Noank, Conn.
    (SFEM, 1/25/98, p.31)(HN, 2/7/99)

1932        Feb 7, Gay Talese, author (Honor Thy Father), was born.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1933        Feb 7, At a Social-Democrat meeting in Berlin thousands cheered as Marxism was pronounced dead.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1934        Feb 7, 1st contract for TVA power was in Tupelo, Miss.
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1934        Feb 7, Kathleen Norris, a SF Bay Area novelist based in Palo Alto, summed up a trip to Germany saying Hitler has virtually solved problems of unemployment and poverty. She said the leader was idolized everywhere as the people’s rescuer.
    (SSFC, 2/1/09, p.50)

1936        Feb 7, President Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.
    (AP, 2/7/97)

1940        Feb 7, Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1941        Feb 7, Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey Orch recorded "Everything Happens to Me."
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1943        Feb 7, The government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days, limiting each purchaser to three pairs for the remainder of the year.
    (AP, 2/7/97)

1944        Feb 7, Bing Crosby and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 2/7/97)
1944        Feb 7, The Germans launched a [counteroffensive] second attack against the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy. They hoped to push the Allies back into the sea.
    (AP, 2/7/97)(HN, 2/7/99)

1945        Feb 7, US 76th and 5th Infantry divisions began crossing Sauer.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1947        Feb 7, Arabs and Jews rejected a British proposal to split Palestine.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1948        Feb 7, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff and was succeeded by Gen. Omar Bradley.
    (AP, 2/7/97)

1949        Feb 7, Joe DiMaggio of the NY Yankees became the 1st $100,000/year baseball player.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1950        Feb 7, The United States recognized Vietnam under the leadership of Emperor Bao Dai, not Ho Chi Minh who was recognized by the Soviets.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1956        Feb 7, Garth Brooks, country vocalist (No Fences), was born in Tulsa, Okla.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1958        Feb 7, Brooklyn Dodgers officially became the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1959        Feb 7, Castro proclaimed a new Cuban constitution.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1960        Feb 7, Old handwriting was found in at Qumran, Jordan, near the Dead Sea. [see 1947]
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1961        Feb 7, Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads."
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1961        Feb 7, Immanuel Olsvanger (b.1888), Polish-born Jewish folklorist, died in Israel.
    (Econ, 5/18/13, p.87)(http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immanuel_Olsvanger)

1962        Feb 7, Sam Snead won the LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational.
    (MC, 2/7/02)
1962        Feb 7, President Kennedy began the blockade of Cuba.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1963        Feb 7, The "Mona Lisa" was unveiled at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1964         Feb 7, The British band The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where they were greeted by 25,000 screaming fans.
    (SFEM, 3/9/96, p.35)(AP, 2/7/97)(HN, 2/7/99)
1964        Feb 7, Baskin-Robbins introduced Beatle Nut ice cream.
    (MC, 2/7/02)
   
1965        Feb 7, U.S. jets hit Don Hoi guerrilla base in reprisal for the Viet Cong raids. Pres. Johnson ordered the bombing of North Vietnam following the deaths of 9 US soldiers near Pleiku.
    (HN, 2/7/99)(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.A19)
1965        Feb 7, Cassius Clay became a Muslim and adopted the name Muhammad Ali.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1967        Feb 7, Henry Morgenthau (b.1891), 52nd US secretary of the treasury, died. He served under President Franklin D. Roosevelt from January 1, 1934 to July 22, 1945.
    (www.ustreas.gov/education/history/secretaries/hmorgenthaujr.html)

1968        Feb 7, The  Arthur Miller play "Price" premiered in NYC.
    (www.theatredatabase.com/20th_century/arthur_miller_timeline.html)
1968        Feb 7, North Vietnamese used 11 Soviet-built light tanks to overrun the US Special Forces camp at Lang Vei at the end of an 18-hour long siege.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1971        Feb 7, Switzerland voted to introduce female suffrage at the federal but not the cantonal level.
    (WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(AP, 2/7/01)

1974        Feb 7, Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opened in movie theaters.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0071230/combined)
1974        Feb 7, The island nation of Grenada won independence from Britain. This included the northern islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(AP, 2/7/97)(SSFC, 12/11/05, p.F4)

1975        Feb 7, Pres. Edward H. Levi (1911-2000), former president of the Univ. of Chicago, began serving as the attorney general under Pres. Ford.
    (WSJ, 3/13/00, p.A46)(http://www-news.uchicago.edu/citations/00/000308.levi-nyt.html)

1978        Feb 7, Ethiopia mounted a counter attack against Somalia.
    (HN, 2/7/99)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogaden_War)

1979        Feb 7, Josef Mengele (b.1911), Nazi concentration camp doctor and medical experimenter, accidentally drowned in Bertioga, Brazil. He was secretly buried in another man's grave in Brazil. [See Jun 6, 1985] In 1985 his identity was confirmed by DNA.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele)

1983        Feb 7, Elizabeth H. Dole was sworn in as the first female secretary of transportation by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to sit on the US Supreme Court.
    (AP, 2/7/03)
1983        Feb 7, Iran opened an invasion in the southeast of Iraq.
    (HN, 2/7/99)

1984        Feb 7, Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk.
    (AP, 2/7/97)

1985        Feb 7, "New York, New York" became the official anthem of NYC.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1985)
1985        Feb 7, US drug agent Enrique “Kiki" Camarena Salazar was tortured and killed at a house in Guadalajara in the presence of a half-dozen top Mexican officials. Mexican authorities found his body on March 6 at a ranch east of Guadalajara. In 1992 Ruben Zuno Arce, the brother-in-law of former president Luis Echeverria, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In 1989 Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was arrested for complicity in the murder along with drug charges and sentenced to 40 years in prison. In 2000 Gallardo received a 2nd 40-year sentence for smuggling and bribery.
    (WSJ, 3/5/97, p.A1)(SFC, 4/20/00, p.A10)(SFC, 8/12/00, p.A11)

1986        Feb 7, US female Figure Skating championship was won by Debi Thomas.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nuoe4)
1986        Feb 7, Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was ousted from power and fled his country, ending 28 years of family rule. He fled to France with his wife and mother. Henri Namphy became leader of Haiti. Duvalier and his cronies reportedly embezzled some $500 million during his last decade of rule.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1986)(SFC,12/31/97, p.A17)(AP, 2/7/97)(WSJ, 4/16/03, p.A1)
1986        Feb 7, The Philippines held a presidential election marred by charges of fraud against the incumbent, Ferdinand E. Marcos. Corazon Aquino defeated incumbent dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos.
    (AP, 2/7/06)

1988        Feb 7, Leslie Manigat was sworn in as Haiti's president. However, he lost power the following June.
    (AP, 2/7/97)

1989        Feb 7, Bowing to public outrage, both US houses of Congress voted to kill their scheduled 51 percent pay increase.
    (AP, 2/7/99)
1989        Feb 7, In Argentina devaluation caused a wild panic in the financial district of Buenos Aires.
    (www.studybuddy.nl/english/start.html)

1990        Feb 7, An 811-foot tanker, the American Trader, spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of Alaskan crude oil off the coast of Huntington Beach, Calif.
    (AP, 2/7/00)
1990        Feb 7, Judith Clancy (b.1950), SF artist, died of cancer.
    (www.undo.net/cgi-bin/undo/pressrelease/pressrelease.pl?id=1095157331)
1990        Feb 7, In Pakistan riots broke out between rival political parties and 22 people were hurt.
    (http://tinyurl.com/htbtm)
1990        Feb 7, The Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic annulled the acts of annexation.
    (LHC, 2/7/03)
1990        Feb 7, The Soviet Union's Communist Party agreed to let other political parties compete for control of the country, thereby giving up its monopoly on power.
    (AP, 2/7/00)

1991        Feb 7, US Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and General Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left for a visit to the Gulf War zone.
    (AP, 2/7/01)
1991        Feb 7, The Reverend Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti’s first democratically elected president.
    (AP, 2/7/01)

1992        Feb 7, Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson testified at his rape trial in Indianapolis that his accuser, a Miss Black America contestant, had consented to having sex with him.
    (AP, 2/7/02)
1992        Feb 7, The Treaty on the European Union was signed in Maastricht by the Foreign and Finance Ministers of the Member States.
    (http://europa.eu.int/abc/history/1992/index_en.htm)
1992        Feb 7, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and French President Francois Mitterrand signed a cooperation treaty in Paris.
    (AP, 2/7/02)

1993        Feb 7, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown acknowledged on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he'd failed to pay Social Security taxes for a domestic worker.
    (AP, 2/7/97)

1994        Feb 7, President Clinton sent Congress his $1.5 trillion budget plan, declaring cuts in hundreds of programs would achieve a deficit-reduction record unequaled since President Truman's administration.
    (AP, 2/7/99)

1995        Feb 7, Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan, after two years as a fugitive.
    (AP, 2/7/00)

1996        Feb 7, During a Central America tour, Pope John Paul the Second received a warm welcome in Nicaragua, his first visit there since 1983.
    (AP, 2/7/01)
1996        Feb 7, Tamil rebels attacked Sri Lankan troops in the eastern part of the island nation. They killed 11 and lost 15 of their own fighters. The Colombo suicide bombing of last week killed 83.
    (WSJ, 2/8/96, p.A-1)

1997        Feb 7, Mindful of Boris Yeltsin's ailments, President Clinton agreed to shift their March summit meeting from the United States to Helsinki, Finland.
    (AP, 2/7/97)
1997        Feb 7, The Air Force suspended all its flights in restricted training areas on the East Coast after two close calls between National Guard jets and civilian airliners.
    (AP, 2/7/97)
1997        Feb 7, The first day of the Chinese New Year. The year of the rat ended and the year of the ox, 4695, began.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, DB. p.7)(SFC, 2/8/97, p.A17)

1998        Feb 7, The Winter Olympic Games opened in Nagano, Japan.
    (AP, 2/7/99)
1998        Feb 7, It was reported that the Axial Seamount undersea volcano off the coast of the Pacific Northwest was erupting 5,000 feet below sea level.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 7, It was reported that the 8,000 Sq. mile Larsen B ice sheet in Antarctica was breaking up due to rising global temperatures.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 7, It was reported that over 1200 Hooker’s sea lion pups had died in the sub-Antarctic islands south of New Zealand from an unknown disease.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 7, Novelist Lawrence Sanders died at age 78. His debut thriller “The Anderson Tapes" launched his career, and his 38th book was due later this month.
    (SFC, 2/13/98, p.D8)
1998        Feb 7, In Australia over 1000 defense force personnel were called to help clean up parts of the Northern Territory where the worst  floods in 40 years resulted from the overflowing Katherine River.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A5)
1998        Feb 7, Falco (40), Austrian born pop singer, died while on vacation in an auto crash in the Dominican Republic. His hits included “Der Kommissar," “Rock Me Amadeus," and “Vienna Calling."
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D8)

1999        Feb 7, Delegates at the Kosovo peace talks agreed on principles that would keep the province within Yugoslavia for at least 3 more years.
    (WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 7, In Germany the Christian Democrats won elections in Hesse state elections putting the Schroeder government short of a majority in the Bundesrat upper house.
    (SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 7, In Indonesia a passenger ship sank between Borneo and Sumatra with 332 people aboard. 19 were reported rescued.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 7, In Jordan King Hussein (63) officially died from Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was succeeded by his eldest son, who takes the throe as Abdullah II. In 2008 “Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace," by Avi Shlaim was published.
    (SFC, 2/8/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/7/00)(Econ, 11/24/07, p.88)(AP, 1/23/13)
1999        Feb 7, In Mexico the state governorship election in Baja California Sur elected Leonel Cota of the PRD to a landslide victory. The PRD lost in Guerrero and clamed fraud and campaign spending violations.
    (SFC, 2/9/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/09/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 7, Serbian police seized ICN Pharmaceuticals in Belgrade.
    (WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1,19)
1999        Feb 7, In Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe suggested that the supreme court resign. He defended the actions of the army which had arrested and tortured 2 journalists.
    (SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)

2000        Feb 7, With an astonishing comeback to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Tiger Woods gained his sixth straight PGA Tour victory, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1948 to win six in a row.
    (AP, 2/7/01)
2000        Feb 7, Pres. Clinton proposed a $1.84 trillion budget and called for using a projected surplus to strengthen Medicare and health insurance.
    (SFC, 2/7/00, p.A3)
2000        Feb 7, An apparent team of computer hackers shut the Yahoo web site down with a "denial-of-service" attack that mimicked millions of phantom users.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A1)(AP, 2/7/01)   
2000        Feb 7, Doug Henning, Canadian-born magician, died in Los Angeles at age 52 from liver cancer.
    (SFC, 2/9/00, p.C5)(AP, 2/7/01)
2000        Feb 7, In Chechnya Russian forces reported that hundreds of rebels had been killed over the last 2 days near the villages of Katyr-Yurt and Shaami-Yurt.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A14)
2000        Feb 7, In Croatia Stipe Mesic (65) was elected president over Drazen Budisa (51) by a 56.2 to 43.8% margin.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A14)
2000        Feb 7, In England Afghan hijackers at Stansted released 8 passengers with 157 still trapped on the plane.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A12)
2000        Feb 7, In Indonesia 7 people were killed in Aceh province in clashed between rebels and security forces.
    (SFC, 2/9/00, p.C3)
2000        Feb 7, Israeli jets launched air attacks deep into Lebanon. Power was knocked out at Baalbek, headquarters of the Hezbollah, and at Beirut and Tripoli. 18 civilians were injured.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A12)
2000        Feb 7, Yugoslav Defense Minister Pavle Bulatovic (51) was gunned down in a Belgrade soccer club restaurant and died later in a hospital.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A12)(AP, 2/7/01)
2000        Feb 7, The UN Security Council voted to expand the peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone from 6,000 to 11,100.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A14)

2001        Feb 7, The Senate voted to release $582 million in dues owed the United Nations.
    (AP, 2/7/02)
2001        Feb 7, The space shuttle Atlantis took off with the Destiny module, a laboratory compartment, for the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 2/8/01, p.A3)
2001        Feb 7, In Washington Robert Pickett (47), an accountant with a history of mental illness, was shot in the leg by a Secret Service agent after brandishing a hand gun outside the White House gates.
    (SFC, 2/8/01, p.A1)
2001        Feb 7, Dale Evans (born in 1912 as Frances Octavia Smith), singer and wife of Roy Rogers, died at age 88. Her compositions included "Happy Trails" and "The Bible Tells Me So."
    (SFC, 2/8/01, p.C2)(NW, 12/31/01, p.110)
2001        Feb 7, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (b.1906), wife of Charles Lindbergh, died at age 94. In 1955 she authored "Gift From the Sea," a meditation on women’s lives in the 20th century. In 1999 Susan Hertog authored her biography "Anne Morrow Lindbergh."
    (WSJ, 11/29/99, p.A26)(SFC, 2/8/01, p.C2)(NW, 12/31/01, p.108)
2001        Feb 7, Pres. Aristide took power in Haiti for a 2nd term and offered a series of national reforms with plans for new schools, roads, electricity systems and an independent court in each of the country’s 565 townships.
    (SFC, 2/8/01, p.C3)(AP, 2/11/04)
2001        Feb 7, In Israel Ariel Sharon signaled an end to the peace process begun in 1993 in Oslo and planned something in the spirit of Oslo on an interim level.
    (SFC, 2/8/01, p.A12)

2002        Feb 7, Pres. Bush met with Israel’s PM Sharon and said he would continue to press the Palestinian Authority to crack down on terrorism. Bush rebuffed a plea to sever ties with Arafat.
    (SFC, 2/8/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 7, The Bush administration allowed Geneva accords to cover Taliban fighters but not members of al Qaeda.
    (SFC, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 7, A US federal court ruled that it is unconstitutional to sentence a felon to 25 years to life for shoplifting, which was allowed under the California “three strikes law."
    (SFC, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 7, Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling insisted to skeptical lawmakers that he knew of nothing improper about the complex web of partnerships that brought down the company.
    (AP, 2/7/03)
2002        Feb 7, Authorities in Oklahoma captured the last of four escaped prison inmates from Texas who'd been on the run for more than a week.
    (AP, 2/7/03)
2002        Feb 7, In Liberia rebel forces, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, attacked Klay Junction 25 miles north of Monrovia.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A3)

2003        Feb 7, President Bush courted the leaders of France and China in an uphill struggle to win U.N. backing for war with Iraq.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
2003        Feb 7, The US moved its terror alert status to orange, the 2nd highest level. Attorney General John Ashcroft said the government had received intelligence information, corroborated by multiple sources, that Osama bin Laden's terror organization sought to attack Americans at home or abroad during the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy Saudi city of Mecca.
    (AP, 2/8/03)
2003        Feb 7, Garry Kasparov (39), chess master, played to a 3-3 tie against the Deep Junior computer program.
    (SFC, 2/8/03, p.A2)
2003        Feb 7, Tom Christerson (71), the longest-living recipient of a fully self-contained artificial heart, died at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., after 512 days on the AbioCor.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
2003        Feb 7, Chechen rebel attacks and land mines killed 10 soldiers and police over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 2/8/03)
2003        Feb 7, In Bogota, Colombia, a car bomb tore through the El Nogal social club, killing 36 people, wounding 162. FARC rebels were blamed.
    (AP, 2/8/03)(SFC, 2/8/03, p.A12)(AP, 2/7/04)
2003        Feb 7, Three Tamil Tiger rebels blew up their boat, killing themselves, after they were found trying to smuggle an anti-aircraft gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition into Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 2/7/03)

2004        Feb 7, John Kerry scored decisive wins in Michigan and Washington state Democratic presidential primaries.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 7, In Haiti police reinforcements fought bloody battles with gunmen as they tried to retake Gonaives from rebels who seized it. At least 7 police and 2 militants were killed.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 7, An Israeli helicopter fired a missile into a car traveling in a crowded Gaza City street, killing Aziz Mahmoud Shami, a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and a 12-year-old boy on his way to school. The attack wounded 10 Palestinians, three of them critically.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
2004        Feb 7, In northern Kenya tribal fighting between cattle rustlers and herdsmen killed at least 13 people, including three children.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 7, Nearly 400 members of Yasser Arafat's ruling Fatah Party resigned to protest what they call corruption and bad leadership within the group.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
2004        Feb 7, Sri Lanka's president dissolved parliament, paving the way for elections nearly three years ahead of schedule.
    (AP, 2/8/04)

2005        Feb 7, Pres. Bush proposed a $2.57 trillion budget that would slash domestic programs including entitlements such as Medicaid, farm subsidies and veterans benefits. The budget would worsen federal deficits by $42 billion over the next five years.
    (SFC, 2/8/05, p.A1)(AP, 2/7/06)
2005        Feb 7, Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, the most notorious figure in the sex scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese, was convicted of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at his church during the 1980s. Shanley was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2005        Feb 7, IBM, Toshiba and Sony disclosed the architectural design of a new, jointly developed, multi-core processor called the Cell.
    (Econ, 2/12/05, p.77)(www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS2972427392.html)
2005        Feb 7, Australia's central bank warned that interest rates, stable at 5.25 percent since December 2003, may be raised within months amid signs of renewed inflationary pressures.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
2005        Feb 7, Cuba began an island-wide ban on smoking in public places such as stores, theaters, and office buildings.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
2005        Feb 7, In England and Wales new laws came into effect that allow pubs, clubs and other drinking venues to apply to stay open 24 hours a day.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
2005        Feb 7, Ellen MacArthur (28) of Britain completed her solo sail around the world in just over 71 days and 14 hours, shaving 32 hours off the previous record.
    (AP, 2/8/05)
2005        Feb 7, The EU head office called for closer coordination among all member governments to hunt down and prosecute those illegally spreading unsolicited e-mails, or spam, across the 25-nation bloc.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
2005        Feb 7, Insurgents struck at Iraqi police forces with a suicide bomb, a car bomb and mortars in the cities of Mosul and Baqouba, killing 31 people.
    (AP, 2/7/05)(SFC, 2/8/05, p.A6)
2005        Feb 7, US troops manning a checkpoint found 4 Egyptian technicians who had been kidnapped the previous day in Baghdad, freeing them and arresting some of the abductors.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
2005        Feb 7, John Githongo, Kenya president's adviser on corruption, stepped down. The US in response quickly suspended $2.5 million in funding for anti-corruption work.
    (AP, 2/11/05)
2005        Feb 7, Pakistan, as part of a peace deal in south Waziristan, paid 4 tribal militants a total of $842,000 so they could pay back money received from al Qaeda to fight Pakistani troops.
    (WSJ, 2/10/05, p.A10)
2005        Feb 7, In the Philippines hundreds of armed followers of a jailed former Muslim rebel leader attacked government troops and occupied at least one army detachment on violent southern Jolo island, sparking clashes that killed at least 12 soldiers.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
2005        Feb 7, A Saudi woman was beheaded after she was convicted of murdering her mother-in-law. Noura bint Khalaf al-Harbi was found guilty of setting her mother-in-law, Noura bint Salem al-Harbi, on fire as she slept following a dispute.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
2005        Feb 7, Spain launched an immigrant amnesty program. As many as 800,00 new residency permits were expected.
    (WSJ, 2/7/05, p.A16)
2005        Feb 7, In Sri Lanka E. Koushalyan, the LTTE's political wing leader for the eastern province, was killed in an ambush along with four other senior rebels and former Tamil legislator Chandra Nehru. Military officials said they suspected the attack was carried out by a breakaway faction of the Tamil Tigers led by the former number two in the leadership, known as Karuna.
    (AP, 2/8/05)(Econ, 2/26/05, p.40)
2005        Feb 7, Faure Gnassingbe was sworn in as president of Togo, two days after the death of his father.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
2005        Feb 7, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan suspended the head of the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq and a senior official who dealt with contracts, following an independent investigation that accused them of misconduct.
    (AP, 2/7/05)
2005        Feb 7, The freighter M/V Joekulfell sank in the North Atlantic off the Faeroe Islands, killing four crewmembers and leaving two others missing. Five were rescued by helicopter. The Samskip company owned the Isle of Man-flagged vessel. The vessel departed from the Latvian port of Liepaja and was headed to Iceland.
    (AP, 2/8/05)(http://tinyurl.com/cdza7)

2006         Feb 7, The US Dept. of Defense submitted a budget request for $439.3 billion for FY 2007. This was over 7% more than for FY 2006.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.29)(http://tinyurl.com/rvmbl)
2006        Feb 7, US federal Judge Kathryn Ferguson penalized the law firm of Gilbert, Heintz & Randolph $13 million for conflicts of interest while working on the Congoleum asbestos bankruptcy, while at the same time representing some 10,000 people with asbestos claims against the New Jersey flooring manufacturer.
    (WSJ, 4/24/06, p.B1)(http://tinyurl.com/lg4qf)
2006        Feb 7, Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet was charged with financing a nationwide gambling ring based out of New Jersey.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2006        Feb 7, SF Supervisor Chris Daly placed a resolution on the board’s consent calendar calling for the impeachment of Pres. Bush and VP Cheney.
    (SFC, 2/8/06, p.B1)
2006        Feb 7, Alabama state officials reported four more rural Baptist churches following rash of suspected arsons that burned five others south of Birmingham last week [see Feb 3].
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board sent a letter to casinos expressing concern about “gangster rap."
    (WSJ, 3/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 7, General Motors Corp., under shareholder pressure to return to profitability, announced it is cutting in half its yearly dividend to $1 a share and reducing the salaries of its chairman and senior leadership team.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Microsoft said it will offer a new security service to PC users for $49.95 per year.
    (SFC, 2/8/06, p.C3)
2006        Feb 7, In southern Afghanistan a suspected suicide bomber blew up a guard post outside police headquarters in Kandahar, killing 13 people and wounded 11.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In western Afghanistan a Turkish engineer, an Indian national and their driver were killed when a bomb struck their vehicle.
     (AFP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, NATO peacekeepers exchanged fire with protesters who attacked their base in the second straight day of violent demonstrations in Afghanistan over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. One demonstrator was killed and dozens wounded.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Mario Condello (53), an Australian underworld figure due to face court on incitement to murder charges, was shot dead in his driveway overnight, bringing the toll in a gangland war to 28. Melbourne's gang war began in 1998 when self-styled "Godfather" Alphonse Gangitano, 40, was shot dead in his laundry.
    (Reuters, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales asked the US to reconsider a proposed cut in anti-drug aid, and called on the world to strengthen drug-fighting alliances.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Indians from Brazil and four other South American countries called for the "resurrection" of an Indian nation, the 250th anniversary of the killing of a tribal chief by European soldiers.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, A British jury convicted firebrand Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri of inciting followers to kill non-Muslims in speeches at his London mosque, which has been linked to Sept. 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui and "shoe bomber" Richard Reid.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Officials in Canada announced an agreement to close 5 million acres in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rain Forest to logging. Loggers will be guaranteed a right to selectively cut in 10 million acres of the forest.
    (SFC, 2/7/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 7, An apparent gas explosion destroyed a two-story military barracks in Chechnya, killing at least two people and injuring 32.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, An aid group that provides food to tens of thousands of people in war-ravaged Chechnya suspended its operations after Chechen officials banned all Danish organizations because of the publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Ramon Isaza (65), a founder of Colombia's anti-rebel paramilitary movement, laid down his weapon, ending nearly three decades of outlawed, jungle warfare. Isaza was joined by 990 fighters from his Medio Magdalena Bloc of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, handing over 754 weapons, 15 vehicles and abundant munitions.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Costa Rican electoral officials began counting votes by hand in a laborious effort to determine the winner of one of the country's closest presidential races in history.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In Germany Mounir el Motassadeq (31), a Moroccan convicted of belonging to a terrorist cell that included three Sept. 11 hijackers, was freed from prison after a federal court ruled he shouldn't be jailed with appeals still pending.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Haitians jammed polling stations as UN peacekeepers fanned out to guard the country's first presidential election in nearly six years.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In Indonesia scientists exploring an isolated jungle in remote Papua province reported the discovery of dozens of new species of frogs, butterflies and plants, as well as mammals hunted to near extinction elsewhere.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, A prominent Iranian newspaper said it would hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust to test whether the West extends the principle of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide as it did to the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Masked gunmen assassinated a Sunni Arab cleric who headed the city council in once-restive city of Fallujah, and two bombs exploded minutes apart near a central Baghdad square, killing at least seven people and wounding 20.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In Ivory Coast the UN was due to enforce sanctions on three political leaders judged to have blocked a peace process.
    (Reuters, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Kuwait's new Emir Sheik Sabah Al Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah (76) turned to his brother, Sheik Nawwaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah (68), as the new crown prince and successor to the throne. Sheik Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah (65) was appointed PM and directed to form a new government.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, The owner of a Mexican newspaper in Nuevo Laredo said there will be no more investigative coverage of drug gangs, a day after the paper's offices were sprayed with bullets and a reporter hospitalized with five gunshots.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, In Nepal Communist rebels killed at least seven security forces and wounded 15 in two overnight attacks. Government troops were given orders to shoot anyone who tries to disrupt municipal elections.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, A ship with 2,000 tons of donated rice from India arrived in North Korea. The Indian government has donated humanitarian aid, including food and medicine, to North Korea on nine occasions since 1995.
    (AFP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Russia announced that it would pay off a big chunk of its sovereign debt ahead of schedule this year. Russia also announced plans to forgive $668 million owed to Moscow by 16 of the world’s highly indebted countries.
    (WSJ, 2/8/06, p.A6)
2006        Feb 7, It was reported that Russia’s Yukos oil company, which says it owes $6.3 billion in back tax claims, has sold a 49 percent stake in Slovak pipeline operator Transpetrol for $105 million, to Russia’s Russneft oil company.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, South Korean conglomerate Samsung Group said it would donate more than $800 million in corporate and private assets to charity as part of an apology for several recent scandals.
    (AP, 2/7/06)
2006        Feb 7, Chandrika Kumaratunga, Sri Lanka's former president (1994-2005), returned her expensive retirement gift, a 1.5 acre (0.68 hectare) area of land near the national parliament to the state, after legal action was filed against her.
    (AFP, 2/8/06)

2007        Feb 7, The Washington Post reported that President George W. Bush has approved plans for the US Treasury Department to block US commercial bank transactions connected to Sudan's government, including those involving oil revenue.
    (AFP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its approval of sales of Alli, a reduced-strength version of the prescription diet drug Xenical. The first diet pill for over the counter sale hit stores June 15.
    (AP, 2/8/07)(SFC, 6/14/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 7, Indictments were filed in New Jersey against 3 US Army Reserve officers for taking part in a bid-rigging scam that steered millions of dollars for Iraq reconstruction to a contractor in exchange for cash, luxury cars and jewelry.
    (SFC, 2/8/07, p.A12)
2007        Feb 7, In SF Mayor Gavin Newsom met with Lithuania’s Pres. Valdas Adamkus at the Fairmont Hotel following an address at the World Affairs Council. Pres. Adamkus, accompanied by a Lithuanian business delegation, was here for a one week visit seeking US trade opportunities and potential investors.
    (www.president.lt/en/news.full/7476)
2007        Feb 7, Blowing snow and intense cold was blamed for two more deaths, a total of 13 nationwide since the cold settled in, and kept schools closed for a second and in some cases a third day across much of Ohio and West Virginia.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In Chicago Equity Office Properties (EOP), America’s largest commercial landlord, accepted a cash offer from The Blackstone Group, a private equity firm that valued the company at nearly $39 billion (including debt).
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.80)
2007        Feb 7, Austrian authorities said they have uncovered a major international child pornography ring involving more than 2,360 suspects from 77 countries, including hundreds in the United States, who paid to view videos of young children being sexually abused.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, A twin-engine plane crashed in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, killing all six people aboard.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Six people were hurt by a third letter bomb in three days aimed at British motoring-related organizations and police are investigating if the attacks are part of a coordinated campaign.
    (Reuters, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Aron Groiss, director of research at the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, presented a study in London saying textbooks used in Iran's schools are instilling students with hatred toward the West, especially the United States, and urging them to become "martyrs" in a global holy war against countries perceived to be enemies of Islam.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 7, Canada’s Nortel Networks Corp. said it will slash 2,900 jobs, or 8.5 percent of its workforce, over the next two years and shift another 1,000 employees to lower-cost locations like China, India and Mexico as North America's biggest maker of telephone equipment struggles to shore up its profits.
    (Reuters, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In central China an overcrowded passenger vehicle returning from a wedding party plunged off a cliff, killing 16 members of an extended family.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 7, Colombia's top court ruled that gay couples, who have lived together for more than 2 years, should have the same rights to shared assets as heterosexual couples. The decision by the Constitutional Court marked the first recognition of gay couples' rights in Colombia.
    (AP, 2/9/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.34)
2007        Feb 7, Georgia signed a regional cooperation agreement with Azerbaijan and Turkey which included plans for a railway connecting the three countries.
    (WSJ, 2/28/07, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/2gbbgg)
2007        Feb 7, At least 15 people were killed in attacks across Iraq, including two employees of the government-funded Iraqi Media Network in Baghdad. A female census worker was shot to death while she was riding to work with her husband in the northern city of Mosul.  A Sea Knight CH-46 helicopter went down northwest of Baghdad, the fifth helicopter lost in Iraq in just over two weeks. All 7 aboard were killed. Four US Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province from wounds sustained due to enemy action in two separate incidents. Another 3 US soldiers were killed in fighting Anbar province.
    (AP, 2/7/07)(AP, 2/8/07)(AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 7, An Italian judge ordered a U.S. soldier to stand trial in absentia for the fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence agent at a checkpoint in Baghdad on March 4, 2005.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Michel Niaucel, a French diplomat with the European Union in Ivory Coast, was shot to death in his home overnight. Niaucel was in charge of West Africa security operations for the EU.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe pledged to regain four disputed northern islands from Russia, saying it was time to end the bickering between Tokyo and Moscow over the prime fishing grounds.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, The US Embassy issued a travel advisory saying violent crime was on the increase in Kenya.
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.G2)
2007        Feb 7, The Mozambique government said floods have killed 29 people and wrecked thousands of homes after torrential rain and hurricanes swept through the country in the past two weeks.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, Gunmen seized a French oil worker in Nigeria's restive southern petroleum-producing region. Kidnappers there also seized a woman from the Philippines. Kidnappers released a British oil-worker after the man taken in a raid last month fell ill. President Olusegun Obasanjo called for a high-level meeting to address the violence.
    (AP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 7, Russia's defense minister laid out an ambitious plan for building new intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and possibly aircraft carriers.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In Saudi Arabia rival Palestinian leaders began open-ended talks in Mecca optimistic that they could reach an agreement to end their bloody street battles and resume the peace process with Israel.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In Somalia doctors said a cholera outbreak has killed more than 115 people and hospitalized 724 in towns where people were forced to use contaminated water from a flooded river.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In South Africa Chin’s President Hu Jintao promised to increase imports from Africa, responding to fears about the trade deficit that increased as China pumped unprecedented aid, investment and loans into the poor but resource-rich continent.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, The Spanish Civil Guard said authorities have arrested 52 people in a major crackdown on a suspected ring of antiquities looters from dozens of sites in southern Spain.
    (AP, 2/7/07)
2007        Feb 7, In Sri Lanka Selliah Parameswar, a Hindu priest who welcomed President Mahinda Rajapakse to a former guerrilla bastion, was dragged out of his house in Batticaloa district and killed by a group of unidentified gunmen. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) blamed a breakaway group allegedly linked to government forces.
    (AFP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 7, Officials in Venezuela confirmed that Venezuela will buy whatever legal products Bolivia can make from coca leaf as part of an effort to wean farmers from the cocaine industry.
    (SFC, 2/8/07, p.A2)
2007        Feb 7, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, under mounting pressure over a world record-busting inflation rate and escalating strike action in the public sector, sacked his finance minister. A union chief said 60 Zimbabwean junior doctors have been sacked from Harare's main hospital after going on strike in December demanding salary hikes.
    (AFP, 2/7/07)

2008        Feb 7, The US Congress passed an emergency plan that rushed rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most taxpayers and $300 checks to disabled veterans, the elderly and other low-income people. President Bush indicated he would sign the measure.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, The US said it was barring 10 leading Kenyan politicians from entering the US, the first time Washington has blamed them for the postelection violence that has brought the African country to the brink of collapse.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
    (SFC, 2/8/08, p.A1)
2008        Feb 7, US prosecutors said Merck will pay $671 million to settle claims it overcharged government health programs for 4 drugs and gave doctors fees and gifts to induce them to prescribe the drugs. The case was triggered when a sales manager filed suit in 2001 and a Louisiana doctor exposed overcharging.
    (SFC, 2/8/08, p.C2)
2008        Feb 7, In Los Angeles a man barricaded himself in a house after telling police he had killed 3 relatives, then opened fire on a SWAT team, killing one officer and wounding another. Randall Simmons (51) was the first SWAT officer killed in the line of duty in the unit’s 41-year history.
    (AP, 2/7/08)(SFC, 2/8/08, p.A4)
2008        Feb 7, In Port Wentworth, Georgia, an explosion and fire at a sugar refinery owned by Imperial Sugar, based in Sugar Land, Texas, left 11 people dead. Imperial had acquired Savannah Foods & Industries, the producer of Dixie Crystals, in 1997. The acquisition doubled the size of the company, making it the largest processor and refiner of sugar in the US.
    (AP, 2/8/08)(SFC, 2/11/08, p.A10)(AP, 2/24/08)
2008        Feb 7, In Kirkwood, Missouri, a gunman stormed a council meeting, yelled "Shoot the mayor!" and opened fire, critically wounding Mayor Mike Swoboda (69), killing two police officers and three city officials. Swoboda died on Sep 6. Charles Le "Cookie" Thornton, who had lost a free-speech lawsuit against the St. Louis suburb 10 days earlier, was fatally shot by law enforcers. He had claimed in the past city leaders stifled and harassed him.
    (AP, 2/8/08)(SFC, 9/7/08, p.A3)
2008        Feb 7, In Portsmouth, Ohio, William Michael Layne (56) stabbed his estranged wife in front of her 5th grade class and girl friend in an alley behind her home and then shot himself dead in a standoff with police. Both women were in critical condition.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2008        Feb 7, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomb targeting a NATO convoy left three soldiers lightly wounded in eastern Khost province. A bungled suicide attack hurt two civilians in southwestern Nimroz province.
    (AP, 2/8/08)
2008        Feb 7, In eastern Algeria suspected Islamist militants gunned down eight police officers in a late night ambush outside the village of Ain R'Ghiya. In a separate morning attack, another officer was killed and one injured in the village of Boukalfa.
    (AP, 2/8/08)
2008        Feb 7, A new security pact between Australia and Indonesia came into force at a ceremony in Perth attended by the foreign ministers of the at-times testy neighbors.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, Belize's opposition United Democratic Party won a landslide victory in general elections, ending PM Said Musa's 10 years in office. UDP leader Dean Barrow was to be sworn in as the country's first black prime minister the next day.
    (AP, 2/8/08)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.44)
2008        Feb 7, Bolivia's foreign minister said that the world has an obligation to send aid to flood-ravaged areas, linking a disaster that has killed 49 people to global climate change.
    (AP, 2/8/08)
2008        Feb 7, The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee (MPC) lowered interest rates from 5,75% to 5.5%.
    (Econ, 2/9/08, p.63)
2008        Feb 7, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno issued a "solemn call" for a European peacekeeping force for Darfur refugees, to deploy as soon as possible. The president also said he was "ready to pardon" six French aid workers convicted in December of trying to kidnap more than 100 children they said were orphans from Darfur.
    (AP, 2/7/08)(AFP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, Chile announced it will try to head off power rationing by cutting electrical voltage, distributing efficient light bulbs and extending daylight savings time.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, In Egypt at least 29 people, including children, were killed and 16 injured in a traffic pileup blamed on early morning fog southeast of Cairo.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, In Greece senior clergy elected Metropolitan Bishop Ieronymos of Thebes as the new leader of the powerful Orthodox Church to succeed the late Archbishop Christodoulos.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, In western India Dynaneshwar Sathawane, a local leader of the ruling Congress party, was stripped, stoned and beaten to death by a mob during a rally of nearly 500 people in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2008        Feb 7, Experts said Iran's nuclear project has developed its own version of an advanced centrifuge to churn out enriched uranium much faster than its previous machines.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, In Iraq gunmen stormed a house near Baqouba, separated out the women and children inside and killed three brothers, all members of a US-backed neighborhood watch group. A roadside bomb killed three awakening council members and wounded eight others south of Baghdad. A truckload of weapons, ammunition and explosives were seized at an Iraqi police checkpoint at the entrance to Karbala. US troops captured an alleged Shiite militia leader and three other suspects in a raid south of Baghdad. 15 suspected militants were detained in sweeps through Sadr City, and one person was killed.
    (AP, 2/7/08)(AP, 2/8/08)
2008        Feb 7, Israeli ground forces backed by warplanes exchanged fire with Hamas gunmen in the northern Gaza Strip, killing a teacher and six militants in escalating violence that is hobbling peace efforts. Israeli troops entered the town of Qabatiya before dawn to arrest an Islamic Jihad militant. Soldiers shot a mentally disabled man, Taysir Nazal (56), as he emerged from his home, in his legs. Nazal died from his wounds on Feb 14.
    (AP, 2/7/08)(AP, 2/14/08)
2008        Feb 7, Authorities in Italy and the US conducted raids targeting dozens of alleged members of Mafia clans who controlled drug trafficking between the two sides of the Atlantic. A 169-page indictment in the US went back 3 decades and included at least 7 murders. The main targets in NY included 3 of the “five families" controlling organized crime in America: the Genovese, Bonanno and Gambino families.
    (AP, 2/7/08)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.41)
2008        Feb 7, Libya’s National Oil Corp and Indonesia signed a deal for the north African state to supply the world's most populous Muslim nation with crude oil for the next 20 years.
    (AFP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, Mexican soldiers seized nearly 10 tons of marijuana, a machine gun, scores of assault rifles and three grenades in a raid just across the border from Texas.
    (AP, 2/8/08)
2008        Feb 7, NATO defense ministers held talks on Afghanistan in Lithuania. France agreed to help Canada in fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/8/08)
2008        Feb 7, Nepalese authorities arrested Amit Kumar, the alleged mastermind of a shadowy organ transplant operation in India that illegally removed hundreds of kidneys, sometimes from unwilling donors, at a jungle resort in southern Nepal (see Jan 30).
    (AP, 2/8/08)
2008        Feb 7, Pakistani police arrested two suspects in the suicide attack that killed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. A team from Scotland Yard returned to Pakistan to report the conclusions of their probe into the assassination. 3 men were killed and 13 others wounded when a bomb exploded in southwestern Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, The OSCE’s election monitoring organization said that it will not observe Russia's presidential election next month because of the "severe restrictions" imposed by the Kremlin.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, In Sri Lanka government troops attacked rebel bunkers along the northern front lines, triggering gunbattles that killed 34 rebels and one soldier.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2008        Feb 7, Tanzania's PM Edward Lowassa and two Cabinet ministers resigned over a corruption scandal involving a contract with a nonexistent firm supposedly based in the US. Pres. Jakaya Kikwete dissolved the entire Cabinet as a result.
    (AP, 2/8/08)
2008        Feb 7, Turkey’s lawmakers voted to approve a constitutional amendment allowing female students to enter universities wearing Islamic head scarves, a move that many secular Turks view as an attempt to impose religion on their daily lives.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, The WHO warned in a new report that the "tobacco epidemic" is growing and could claim 1 billion lives by the end of the century unless governments dramatically step up efforts to curb smoking.
    (AP, 2/8/08)

2009        Feb 7, San Francisco ushered in the Year of the Ox with its annual Chinese New Year parade.
    (SSFC, 2/8/09, p.B1)
2009        Feb 7, Blossom Dearie (b.1926), jazz pianist, singer and songwriter, died in NYC.
    (SFC, 2/11/09, p.B7)
2009        Feb 7, In Australia searing temperatures and wind blasts created a firestorm that swept across a swath of the country's Victoria state. On “Black Saturday" some 2298 homes were destroyed with a death toll of 173. The town of Marysville and several hamlets in the Kinglake district, both about 50 miles (100 km) north of Melbourne, were utterly devastated. In 2012 James Sokaluk was jailed for at least 14 years for starting a blaze that killed 10 people and destroyed more than 150 homes at Churchill.
    (AFP, 2/8/09)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)(AFP, 4/27/12)
2009        Feb 7, In Bolivia President Evo Morales and thousands of supporters celebrated the new constitution as it took effect, saying the new document will enshrine indigenous rights and end centuries of oppression. It renamed the former republic the “Plurinational State of Bolivia," effective as of Jan 22, 2010.
    (AP, 2/7/09)(SSFC, 1/20/13, p.P3)
2009        Feb 7, A Bolivian woman died from an injection of urine allegedly administered by her friend as a form of health therapy. Investigating prosecutor Oscar Flores later said that Gabriela Ascarrunz (35) died of an "infection caused by urine that was injected by fashion designer Monica Schultz."
    (AP, 2/11/09)
2009        Feb 7, In Brazil 4 people at the rear of a plane that crashed in a muddy Amazon river managed to open an emergency door and swim to safety as the aircraft sank, dragging 24 others to their death.
    (AP, 2/8/09)
2009        Feb 7, In Ecuador President Rafael Correa ordered the expulsion of a top US diplomat he accused of suspending $340,000 in annual aid because Ecuador would not allow the US to veto appointments to the anti-smuggling police.
    (AP, 2/7/09)
2009        Feb 7, In Ethiopia Brian Adkins (25) was killed in his home in Addis Ababa. He was serving as a consular officer at the US Embassy there. A suspect was arrested on Feb 11.
    (AP, 2/11/09)(www.huffingtonpost.com/news/africa)
2009        Feb 7, In Antananarivo, Madagascar, at least 28 people were killed by security forces during anti-government protests. Arrest warrants were issued the next day for those deemed responsible for the political violence. A week of violence left up to 100 people dead.
    (SFC, 2/9/09, p.A2)(Econ, 3/21/09, p.50)
2009        Feb 7, Officials in Morocco said heavy rains have claimed 24 lives and forced 2,000 people to be evacuated over the past week.
    (AFP, 2/7/09)
2009        Feb 7, In Gaza Hasan al-Hijazi, who was shot by three masked men. Hamas later issued a statement calling the killing a "mistake."
    (AP, 2/14/09)
2009        Feb 7, In Venezuela tens of thousands of protesters marched in Caracas to oppose a constitutional amendment that could allow President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely.
    (AP, 2/7/09)

2010        Feb 7, The New Orleans Saints capped off an outstanding season with an upset over the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints' victory over Indianapolis was watched by more than 106 million people, surpassing the 1983 finale of "M-A-S-H" to become the most-watched program in US television history.
    (AP, 2/8/10)
2010        Feb 7, In Daly City, Ca., a fight at the Little Caesars Pizza near King and Callan left Jessy Wiley (21) of South San Francisco dead. In 2012 three suspected Norteno gang members were convicted in relation to Wiley’s death.
    (SFC, 3/27/12, p.A2)
2010        Feb 7, In Connecticut an explosion during a test of natural gas lines at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown killed at least 5 workers. The 620-megawatt plant was being built to produce energy primarily using natural gas.
    (SFC, 2/8/10, p.A6)
2010        Feb 7, In Afghanistan 2 two British soldiers were killed by an explosion in Sangin in Helmand Province, taking the death toll in Afghanistan to 255 since 2001. This raised Britain's death toll to that of the Falklands war.
    (AFP, 2/8/10)
2010        Feb 7, In Canada Air Force Col. Russell Williams (46) was arrested in Ottawa and charged with first degree murder in the deaths of 2 women. He was also charged in the sexual assaults of 2 other women. In late April Williams was also charged with 82 counts of burglary. On Oct 18 Williams pleaded guilty to more than 80 crimes over more than two years, including murder, sexual assault and burglary.
    (SFC, 2/9/10, p.A2)(SFC, 4/30/10, p.A2)(Reuters, 10/19/10)
2010        Feb 7, Andre Kolingba (73), former Central African Republic general and coup leader (1981-1993), died in Paris.
    (SFC, 5/22/96, p.A9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Kolingba)(AFP, 2/8/10)
2010        Feb 7, Costa Rica held elections and elected its first woman president. Laura Chinchilla (50), a mother and a social conservative, who opposed abortion and gay marriage, won 47% of the vote after campaigning to continue free market policies. She served as vice president under current Pres. Oscar Arias. Otton Solis of the Citizens Action Party, got 25% of the votes. He and the other main rival, Libertarian Otto Guevara, quickly conceded defeat. Chinchilla’s National Liberation Party was the largest in congress, but held only 24 of 57 seats.
    (AP, 2/7/10)(AP, 2/8/10)(Econ, 2/13/10, p.41)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.40)
2010        Feb 7, Newspapers said Toyota will recall 300,000 Prius hybrid vehicles because of brake flaws. Toyota said that it will soon announce plans to deal with braking problems in its prized Prius hybrid amid reports it has decided to issue a recall for the latest model in Japan, a possible new embarrassment for the world's biggest automaker.
    (AFP, 2/7/10)(AP, 2/7/10)
2010        Feb 7, India again successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile that can hit targets across much of Asia and the Middle East. It was the fourth test of the Agni III missile.
    (AP, 2/7/10)
2010        Feb 7, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered his country's atomic agency to begin enriching uranium to a higher level, a move that's likely to deepen international suspicion over the country's intentions for its nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/7/10)
2010        Feb 7, Iran's state media said Tehran has arrested seven people linked to the US-funded Radio Farda and accused some them of working for American spy agencies.
    (AP, 2/7/10)
2010        Feb 7, A Libyan court dropped a case against Rashid Hamdani, a Swiss businessman for alleged illegal business activities, clearing the way for him to go home after 19 months stuck in the country.
    (AFP, 2/7/10)
2010        Feb 7, Ukrainians voted between two presidential candidates in a run-off between PM Yulia Tymoshenko and opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich which could push the country into a fresh bout of instability. Yanukovich ended with 48.95% to Tymoshenko's 45.47%, a lead of 3.48 percentage points or some 888,000 votes.
    (Reuters, 2/7/10)(AP, 2/10/10)

2011        Feb 7, A federal jury in Baton Rouge, La., convicted Wen Chyu Liu (74), a former Dow Chemical research scientist, of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft and perjury.
    (SFC, 2/8/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 7, Internet company AOL Inc. said it is buying news hub Huffington Post in a $315 million deal that represents a bold bet on the future of online news. Founded in 2005, Huffington Post is owned by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and a group of other investors. The site attracts 25 million monthly visitors.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Filmmaker Michael Moore sued Harvey and Bob Weinstein, accusing the brothers of "Hollywood accounting tricks" and "financial deception" that cheated him out of at least $2.7 million in profits from the hit documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004).
    (Reuters, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed one person and wounded five others in Kandahar city, hours after attackers gunned down a local government chief in the country's volatile eastern borderlands. David Hillman, a retired customs officer who had worked for the US government for 30 years, died in the blast at the Inland Customs Warehouse in Kandahar. Giles Duley (39), British photographer, was severely injured in a roadside bombing during a foot patrol in Kandahar province. He underwent multiple amputations and was flown back to Britain for further treatment.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/12/11)
2011        Feb 7, Algerian authorities announced they have banned an opposition rally set for the capital on Feb 12 to call for an end to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's rule. Pro-democracy demonstrators said they will go ahead with the planned march.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Western Australia firefighters battled two wildfires, water bombing them from above as they tried to stop their spread. One on the outskirts of Perth destroyed at least 40 homes and left a firefighter injured.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Bangladesh authorities raided the headquarters of the opposition party in the capital as they tried to end the group's strike to protest spiraling commodity prices and crime. In other parts of the country, police fired tear gas and arrested protesters.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Brazil a massive fire consumed the warehouses where Rio de Janeiro's samba groups store the props and costumes for Brazil's largest Carnival parade.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that scientists in Britain have successfully tested a vaccine which could work against all known flu strains.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Cambodian and Thai troops clashed for a 4th straight day as the UN chief called for "maximum restraint" in a border dispute that has claimed 7 lives and displaced thousands. On April 6 the London-based Cluster Munition Coalition said Thailand's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva confirmed the army had fired 155mm cluster shells into Cambodia.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)(AP, 4/6/11)
2011        Feb 7, Egypt's embattled regime announced a 15% increase in salaries and pensions in the latest attempt to defuse popular anger amid protests demanding Pres. Mubarak's ouster. The regime appeared confident in its ability for the moment to ride out the unprecedented storm of unrest, and maintain its grip on power, at least until September elections. Mubarak's new cabinet held its first full meeting since an uprising started nearly two weeks ago.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(Reuters, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Egypt Wael Ghonim (30), a Google Inc. marketing manager, was released from 12 days of detention and gave an emotionally charged television interview, sobbing at times over those who have been killed. He dubbed the protests "the revolution of the youth of the Internet." He was a key organizer of the online campaign that sparked the first protest on Jan 25.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, Fiji’s former President Ratu Josefa Iloilo (91) died. The tribal chief served as president from 2000 to 2009 and backed the 2006 military takeover of the country.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 7, France-based Alcatel-Lucent unveiled technology that reduces the filing cabinet size of a wireless base station to that of Rubik’s cube.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.70)
2011        Feb 7, In Haiti President Rene Preval’s chief of staff said Preval will stay in office for three more months as his country chooses a successor in a delayed election. An emergency law passed by members of Preval's former party in an expiring Senate allowed him to remain in office for up to three more months because his 2006 inauguration was delayed. The Haitian government issued a new passport to former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, enabling him to end his exile in South Africa and return to Haiti.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(AFP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, Iran unveiled four new domestically produced “research" satellites as part of a space program that's worrying other nations. Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said Iran is mass-producing a ballistic missile which can travel at more than three times the speed of sound and hit targets on the high seas.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(AFP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Iran and Turkey said they plan to triple two-way annual trade to $30 billion by 2015, ahead of a visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul to the Islamic republic.
    (AFP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Israel Jerusalem officials pushed forward plans to build new Jewish housing in an Arab neighborhood in the city's eastern sector, drawing swift condemnation from Palestinians who see it as encroaching on land they seek for a future state.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Japan's PM Naoto Kan led a large rally demanding the return of the southern Kuril islands held by Russia since the end of World War II and calling the recent visit there by Russia's president an outrage. Japan has designated Feb. 7 as "Northern Territories Day," saying that a treaty dating back to that day in 1855 supports its claim to the islands.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Mexico 3 people related to Josefina Reyes, a human-rights activist who was assassinated last year in the Juarez valley, were forced from their car southeast of Ciudad Juarez. Josefina had led protests against alleged abuses by Mexican soldiers in the valley.
    (AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, In the Philippines Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed a proclamation granting amnesty to rebel soldiers who participated in military uprisings in 2003 and 2006.
    (SSFC, 2/13/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/2azzq9m)
2011        Feb 7, RIA News reported that a Russian man, Yevgeny Anikin (27), has pleaded guilty in court to stealing $10 million from former Royal Bank of Scotland division World Pay in 2008 by hacking into accounts. "I want to say that I repent and fully admit my guilt," Anikin said in his final comments to the court in Novosibirsk in Siberia, where he was charged with theft.
    (Reuters, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, In Spain Basque separatists launched a new political party they say rejects violence by the armed group ETA, in an unprecedented step designed to move the troubled region toward peace.
    (AP, 2/7/11)
2011        Feb 7, Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir accepted a southern vote for independence in a referendum that is set to create Africa's newest state and open up a fresh period of uncertainty in the increasingly volatile region. The final results of the historic independence referendum showed that 98.83 percent had voted for secession.
    (Reuters, 2/7/11)(AFP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 7, Tunisia’s Ministry of Interior suspended the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD), the former ruling party.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.30)
2011        Feb 7, Zimbabweans chanting slogans from President Robert Mugabe's party trashed stalls owned by hawkers from elsewhere in Africa at a flea market in the capital, looting mobile phones, electrical goods and clothing.
    (AP, 2/7/11)

2012        Feb 7, Rick Santorum won 3 victories in the race for the Republican presidential nomination by winning caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a primary in Missouri. Mitt Romney came in 3rd in Minnesota with 17% of the vote.
    (SFC, 2/8/12, p.A6)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.32)
2012        Feb 7, The 9th Circuit Court in California struck down as unconstitutional the state's voter-passed ban on gay marriage, ruling 2-1 that it violates the rights of gay Californians.
    (AP, 2/7/12)(SFC, 2/8/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 7, The US Centers for Disease Control said smokers have twice the number of problems with their teeth than nonsmokers.
    (SFC, 2/8/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 7, Argentina's Pres. Cristina Fernandez accused Britain of "militarizing the South Atlantic" and said she would complain to the UN, as tension rises ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war.
    (Reuters, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, Australia imposed new travel bans and financial sanctions on Syrian leaders on as it stepped up actions to force an end to violence against Syria's civilian population.
    (Reuters, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Jailed Bahraini activists ended a hunger strike after eight days of refusing to eat in protest at a new crackdown on demonstrations. A week-long rally called for by the Shiite-led opposition was concluded.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, Bolivian officials threatened to prosecute leaders of coca growers who used whips a day earlier to drive away 4 unarmed members of a government coca eradication team.
    (AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, Swollen rivers in Bulgaria and Greece burst their banks, leaving dozens of homes underwater. The Maritsa River to overflow its banks, leaving dozens of homes under water in the city of Svilengrad near the Greek border. In Greece the river Evros burst its banks near the country's northeastern border with Bulgaria.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, German police arrested two men on allegations they were spying on Syrian opposition groups in Germany.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Iran's parliament decided to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation's economy.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Ministers from Iraq's Sunni-backed bloc ended their boycott of the Cabinet. Iraq executed 14 people, most of them Al-Qaeda members, bringing to at least 65 the number of executions so far this year.
    (AP, 2/7/12)(AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, In Jamaica roughly 2,000 firearms were melted down in a blazing furnace as part of an effort designed to combat gun trafficking and corruption while reducing violent crime.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, The Maldives' first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed (44), resigned after a police mutiny described by his office as an attempted coup, capping weeks of political upheaval in the holiday paradise. Nasheed has faced three weeks of street protests stemming from the arrest of a senior judge. Vice President Mohamed Waheed, who had clashed with Nasheed over the chief justice's detention, was sworn in as the new head of state and he urged the population of 300,000 Sunni Muslims to remain calm.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Mexican navy personal detained suspect Francisco Alvarado Martagon as he attempted to drive past a military checkpoint near the city of Acayucan in a vehicle without license plates. He confessed to being a head lookout for the Zetas and mentioned two sites at local ranches that the Zetas allegedly used to dispose of bodies. The navy inspected the sites and over the next 24 hours found the buried, badly decomposed remains of 15 people.
    (AP, 2/8/12)(AP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, The Mexican army found 73 Central American migrants in three houses near the US border and troops arrested 4 men suspected of planning to smuggle the people into Texas.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 7, In Nigeria explosions rocked an army barracks, a bridge and an air base in the northern city of Kaduna amid a wave of attacks blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram. One suicide bomber was reported killed.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani held talks with Qatar's emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, on the 2nd day of an official visit expected to focus on Afghan peace efforts.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Somali pirates seized the MV Free Goddess, a Liberian-flagged Greek-owned ship and its crew of 21 Filipinos. They were held hostage by pirates for eight months until a payment of $2.3 million was made in ransom.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
2012        Feb 7, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak arrived in Riyadh at the start of a two-day visit to the OPEC kingpin which comes as Seoul seeks to diversify its oil sources. Lee Myung-Bak held talks with Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi and the head of Saudi state oil giant Aramco, Khalid al-Faleh. Saudi Arabia pledged to ensure a stable supply of oil to South Korea.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)(AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 7, Swiss materials giant Glencore and mining firm Xstrata announced a vast merger, creating a $90 billion (€69 billion) group and the world’s 4th largest mining company.
    (AFP, 2/7/12)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.65)
2012        Feb 7, Syrian forces renewed their assault on the flashpoint city of Homs as Russia's foreign minister stressed the need for reform and dialogue during talks in Damascus with President Bashar Assad about the country's escalating violence. Activists reported that at least 15 people, including a 15-year-old boy, were killed in violence across the country. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council said it is pulling its ambassadors from Syria. France said it is recalling its ambassador to Syria for consultations. Other Western powers including Britain, the United States and Italy have called back their top envoys in the wake of new violence.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 7, Turkey's PM Erdogan announced a new initiative with regional players to halt the violence in Syria, saying the veto of a UN resolution had given President Bashar al-Assad a "license to kill."
    (AFP, 2/7/12)

2013        Feb 7, The US IRS said that the government took action in January against 389 people suspected of committing tax fraud through identity theft. This included 109 arrests and 189 indictments.
    (SFC, 2/8/13, p.C2)
2013        Feb 7, In southern California Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, were delivering papers around 5 a.m. when LAPD officers guarding the Torrance home of a target named in an online Dorner manifesto blasted at least 100 rounds at their pickup. Hernandez was shot in the back and Carranza had minor injuries. In April the city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with a mother and daughter.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Feb 7, In eastern Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crashed in Kapisa province, but no crew members were seriously injured.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Feb 7, An Australian government report said doping was widespread among professional and amateur athletes and demanded investigators name offenders to protect clean athletes' reputations.
    (Reuters, 2/8/13)
2013        Feb 7, UK authorities said beef lasagna products recalled from British supermarkets by frozen food company Findus had tested positive for more than 60% horsemeat.
    (SFC, 2/8/13, p.A2)
2013        Feb 7, In Ottowa, Canada, police said Marc Leduc (56) has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of two local sex workers. Pamela Kosmac, 39, was found murdered in 2008 near a bicycle path, while Leanne Lawson, 23, was found in a parking lot in a central part of the city. Leduc was already in custody facing 11 charges related to an alleged sexual assault of a 19-year-old Ottawa woman last November.
    (AP, 2/8/13)
2013        Feb 7, In Colombia over 5,000 workers at the Cerrejon coal mine went on strike. Negotiations began on Feb 26.
    (Econ, 3/2/13, p.38)
2013        Feb 7, Egypt's PM Hesham Kandil condemned religious edicts by hardline Muslim clerics calling for the killing of opposition leaders and said the government is considering legal action against them. Kandil faced uproar, derision and even lawsuits after he blamed health problems of babies in impoverished villages on nursing mothers who "out of ignorance" don't clean their breasts and talked of village women getting raped in the fields.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Feb 7, In Egypt an Islamic summit urged Syrian opposition forces and members of Pres. Bashar Assad's regime, whose hands are not tainted by violence, to hold talks to try to resolve the nation's civil war.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Feb 7, Ireland dissolved one of its "bad banks", the Irish Bank Resolution Corp (IBRC), in an emergency measure designed to pave the way for a new debt-repayment deal with the European Central Bank.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Feb 7, In Mali French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in Gao, searching for Islamic extremists who may be mixing among the local population.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Feb 7, Pirates attacked the MV Esther C some 80 miles (130 km) off Nigeria's coast. On March 11 Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd. of the United Kingdom said 3 captured sailors have been freed.
    (AP, 3/11/13)
2013        Feb 7, Syrian troops and rebels clashed again in the capital Damascus, a day after what activists described as the heaviest fighting in months in President Bashar Assad's seat of power.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Feb 7, In Tunisia the Islamist Ennahda party, dominating the ruling coalition, rejected PM Hamadi Jebali’s decision to replace the government to try to appease critics, signaling that the political crisis brought on by the assassination of a prominent leftist politician is far from over.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Feb 7, A Yemeni military official said an explosion at a military weapons depot in northern Yemen has killed 10 civilians and 5 soldiers.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Feb 7, In Zambia a bus operated by the postal service, carrying passengers toward its capital Lusaka, smashed into a semi-truck and another car killing at least 53 people in one of the worst traffic crashes in the nation in recent history.
    (AP, 2/7/13)

2014        Feb 7, Pres. Obama signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers while trimming the food stamp program.
    (SFC, 2/8/14, p.A5)
2014        Feb 7, In Argentina a truck driving on the wrong side of a highway crashed head on with passenger bus killing at least 18 people on National Hwy 7 in Mendoza province.
    (SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A4)
2014        Feb 7, Protesters in Bosnia set fire to government buildings and fought with police as anger over unemployment and political inertia fuelled a 3rd day of the worst civil unrest in the country since its 1992-95 war.
    (Reuters, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, In Cambodia a boy (8) died of H5N1 bird flu, the country’s first case this year. His sister (2) also died the same day.
    (AP, 2/12/14)
2014        Feb 7, In Central African Republic thousands of Muslims fled for their lives from Bangui, with Christian crowds cheering as truckloads of Muslim families made their way out of town. One man who fell off a truck was subsequently killed and his body mutilated, highlighting the savagery faced by those Muslims who stayed behind. A convoy of some 500 cars, trucks and motorcycles was guarded by armed soldiers from Chad. The UN's refugee agency said nearly 9,000 people, mainly Muslims, have fled to Cameroon in just over a week to escape communal bloodshed in the CAR.
    (AP, 2/7/14)(AFP, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, In China villagers of Baha in Yunnan province smashed the offices and equipment of a local metalwork factory and clashed with police after the boss refused to meet with them over smoke and pollution concerns. Xinhua News later said police were arresting people involved and had identified 16 suspects.
    (SFC, 2/13/14, p.A6)
2014        Feb 7, In Egypt six policemen were wounded in double bombing attack in Cairo, hours before clashes between police and Islamist protesters in several cities killed 3 people. Ajnad Misr, Arabic for Egypt's Soldiers, claimed responsibility for the bomb attack. Late day airstrikes targeted hideouts of "terrorist, extremely dangerous takfiri" militants in the eastern border town of Sheikh Zuweyid. 16 militants were reported killed.
    (AFP, 2/7/14)(AP, 2/8/14)
2014        Feb 7, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed outrage over a leaked phone conversation in which Victoria Nuland, a top US diplomat, used the f-word regarding the European Union's handling of the crisis in Ukraine. An angry US State Department pointed the finger at Russia for allegedly bugging the diplomats' phones.
    (AFP, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, India acceded to Italy's request and said it won't invoke an anti-piracy law carrying the death penalty when it tries two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012.
    (AP, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, Aid agencies working in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem expressed alarm at a spike in Israeli demolitions of Palestinian property coinciding with renewed US-backed peace negotiations.
    (Reuters, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, Mali’s Ministry of Defense said around 30 ethnic Tuaregs have been killed in the northern Gao region in local fighting with ethnic Peuls.
    (Reuters, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, Pakistan's fledgling peace talks with the Taliban suffered a fresh blow as a negotiator for the militants said he would take no further part until the agenda included the imposition of Islamic sharia law.
    (AFP, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, In the northern Philippines a bus veered off a mountain road and fell into a ravine, killing at least 14 people.
    (AP, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, In Puerto Rico Pedro Rodriguez Colondres was indicted on accusations that he ran a fraud scheme obtaining at least half a million dollars in veteran's benefits under a false name from 1984 to 2011.
    (AP, 2/8/14)
2014        Feb 7, Russia opened the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Police arrested four gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg.
    (AP, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, In South Africa striking miners clashed with police after using rocks and burning tires to block a road leading to Anglo American Platinum's Union mine near Northam town. One protester was killed.
    (AP, 2/8/14)
2014        Feb 7, Spain’s Cabinet approved a bill amending previous legislation that granted nationality by naturalization to Sephardic Jews who chose to apply for it. The reform will allow dual nationality, enabling people who can prove Sephardic ancestry to also retain their previous citizenships.
    (AP, 2/7/14)   
2014        Feb 7, Famished and traumatized Syrians were able to leave besieged parts of Homs for the first time in more than a year as part of a potentially ground breaking agreement between the Syrian government and the United Nations.
    (Time.com, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman said one of its journalists, Mahir Zeynalov (27) from Azerbaijan, has been ordered to leave the country for criticizing PM Tayyip Erdogan on Twitter.
    (Reuters, 2/7/14)
2014        Feb 7, In central and southern Uruguay flooding caused by torrential rains forced the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.
    (AFP, 2/13/14)
2014        Feb 7, In Yemen Fresh clashes between Shiite rebels and tribesmen backed by Sunni Islamists erupted near Sanaa.
    (AFP, 2/7/14)

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