Holidays Calendar for February 7, 2016

Grenada's Independence Day commemorates the country's independence from the UK in 1974. This public holiday is celebrated on February 7 each year.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) has been observed on February 7 since 1999. This awareness day was founded by several national organizations funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Northern Territories Day in Japan is observed on February 7 each year. It was first observed in 1981. This day is related to the Northern Territories dispute, also known as the Kuril Islands dispute, between Japan and Russia.

February 7 is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day. Did you know that this dish isn't popular in Italy, where it was invented, but adored in the USA?

This Day in History

  • 2009 Died: Jack Cover, American pilot and physicist, inventor or the Taser gun.
  • 2009 Died: Brian Naylor, Australian television host, best known as chief news presenter at GTV-9 from 1978 to 1998. His sign-off line "May your news be good news, and good-night" became his feature, recognized and remembered by many.
  • 2009 The worst natural disaster in Australia's history: 173 died in bushfires in Victoria.
  • 1992 The Maastricht Treaty was signed by 12 representative member states of the European Communities. This treaty became the last step to creation of European Union.
  • 1990 Died: Alan Perlis, American computer scientist, known for his pioneering work in programming languages and the first recipient of the Turing Award, the annual prize given by the Association for Computing Machinery.
  • 1990 The Soviet Union dissolution: the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agreed to give up its monopoly in power.
  • 1986 28-years rule of one-family ended in Haiti, when President Jean-Clause Duvalier fled the Caribbean nation.
  • 1984 Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart made the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit.
  • 1978 Born: Ashton Kutcher, American model, actor, and producer. He gained public recognition after starring in the lead role of the psychological film The Butterfly Effect. Subsequently he appeared in Guess Who, What Happens in Vegas, No Strings Attached, Jobs.
  • 1968 Died: Nick Adams, American actor, noted for several roles in Hollywood films. His widely publicized friendships with James Dean and Elvis Presley stirred speculation about his private life and death.
  • 1964 The Beatles first arrived in the U.S. Their performance of The Ed Sullivan Show would mark the beginning of the British Invasion.
  • 1962 Born: David Bryan, American keyboard player and songwriter, known as a member of the popular American rock group Bon Jovi, also the writer of the successful Broadway musical Memphis.
  • 1954 Born: Dieter Bohlen, German singer-songwriter and producer, best known as the member or popular German pop-duo Modern Talking.
  • 1949 Born: Alan Lancaster, English bass player and a founding member of the English rock band Status Quo.
  • 1938 Died: Harvey Samuel Firestone, American businessman, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, one of the first global makers of automobile tires.
  • 1937 Died: Elihu Root, American lawyer and politician, served as the Secretary of War under President William McKinley and President Theodore Roosevelt, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for his works that brought nations together through arbitration and cooperation.
  • 1907 The National Union of Women's Suffrage organized the Mud March. This was the first large procession where over 3,000 women trudged through cold rutty streets of London from Hyde Park to Exeter Hall to advocate for women's suffrage.
  • 1905 Born: Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate in Medicine for his work on neurotransmitters.
  • 1904 A fire destroyed over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours in a fire in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1885 Born: Sinclair Lewis, American author and playwright. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930 for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create with wit and humor new types of characters.
  • 1871 Died: Henry E. Steinway, German-American businessman, founder of Steinway & Sons, prominent German manufacturer of handmade pianos.
  • 1870 Born: Alfred Adler, Austrian psychologist, founder of school of individual psychology. He emphasized the importance of feeling of inferiority (the inferiority complex), that was later recognized as isolating an element that plays a key role in personality development.
  • 1864 Died: Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, Serbian philologist and linguist, known as the major reformer of the Serbian language. He also published the first Serbian dictionary in his new reformed language.
  • 1863 HMS Orpheus sank off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. 189 crew out of 259 died.
  • 1812 Born: Charles Dickens, English author, creator of the world's most well-known fictional characters and the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. Among his most notable works are The Adventures of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
  • 1807 Battle of Eylau: Napoléon's French Empire began bloody and inconclusive fighting against Russian and Prussian forces of the Fourth Coalition at Eylau, Poland.
  • 1804 Born: John Deere, American businessman, inventor of the first commercially successful steel plow, founder of Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world.
  • 1736 Died: Stephen Gray, English dyer and amateur astronomer, known as the first person who systematically experimented with electrical conduction, rather than simple generation of static charges, and for his investigations of the static phenomena.
  • 1560 Died: Bartolommeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor and painter. One can see his works in churches and basilicas across Italy, including Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, and Boboli Gardens, Florence.
  • 1478 Born: Thomas More, English lawyer and politician, noted Renaissance humanist. More was an important councilor to Henry VIII and served as Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom