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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.
  • 1807
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Eylau – Napoléon’s French Empire begins fighting against Russian and Prussian forces of the Fourth Coalition at Eylau, Poland.
  • 1842
    Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rat in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 7?

  • 1956
    Emo Philips, American comedian
  • 1966
    Kristin Otto, German swimmer
  • 1967
    Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress
  • 1988
    Lee Don-Ku, South Korean ice hockey defenceman player
  • 1990
    Anna Abreu, Finnish singer

Who died on February 7?

  • 1823
    Ann Radcliffe, English novelist (b. 1764)
  • 1839
    Karl August Nicander, Swedish poet (b. 1799)
  • 1897
    Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (b. 1847)
  • 1898
    John Reily Knox, Lawyer and founder of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity (b. 1820)
  • 1960
    Igor Kurchatov, Russian physicist (b. 1903)

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