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What are the important events that happened on February 7? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 7: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 7 is the 38th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 328 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 25, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,454,803,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘triacontaoctagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there is one day remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,143 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 7 Historical Events

  • 457
    Leo I becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1856
    The Kingdom of Awadh is annexed by the British East India Company and Wajid Ali Shah, the king of Awadh, is imprisoned and later exiled to Calcutta.
  • 1856
    The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the second piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.
  • 1948
    Neil Harvey becomes the youngest Australian to score a century in Test cricket.
  • 1997
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Ox in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 7?

  • 1908
    Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983)
  • 1909
    Silvio Zavala, Mexican historian
  • 1915
    Teoctist, Ex-Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (d. 2007)
  • 1937
    Juan Pizarro, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1990
    Steven Stamkos, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on February 7?

  • 1690
    William Morice, English royalist statesman
  • 1837
    King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (b. 1778)
  • 1994
    Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    Dale Evans, American actress and singer (b. 1912)
  • 2003
    John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)

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