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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, 24,246,720 minutes 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

  • 1842
    Battle of Debre Tabor: Ras Ali Alula, Regent of the Emperor of Ethiopia defeats warlord Wube Haile Maryam of Semien.
  • 1898
    Émile Zola is brought to trial for libel for publishing J'Accuse.
  • 1948
    Neil Harvey becomes the youngest Australian to score a century in Test cricket.
  • 1978
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 2009
    Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia’s history.

Who were born on February 7?

  • 1885
    Sinclair Lewis, American writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1951)
  • 1912
    Roberta McCain, mother of John McCain
  • 1915
    Eddie Bracken, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1962
    David Bryan, American musician (Bon Jovi)
  • 1989
    Nick Calathes, Greek basketball player

Who died on February 7?

  • 1626
    William V, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1548)
  • 1878
    Blessed Pope Pius IX (b. 1792)
  • 1985
    Matt Monro, English singer (b. 1932)
  • 1996
    Phillip Davidson, US Army general (b. 1915)
  • 2003
    Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)

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