What Happened On This Day – February 7
2009 The Black Saturday bushfires in Australia kill 173 people
The fires were the worst natural disaster in Australian history.
2005 Ellen MacArthur breaks the speed record for sailing solo around the world
The journey took her 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes, and 33 seconds.
1992 The European Union is established as the Maastricht Treaty is signed
The treaty also defined a single European currency: the Euro.
1986 Haiti's president, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, flees the country, ending 28 years of family rule
On the same day 5 years later, the first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was sworn in.
1984 NASA astronauts take the first untethered spacewalk
The photographs of Bruce McCandless and Robert L. Stewart hovering freely in space became some of the most iconic images of the 1980s.
Births On This Day,
1978 Ashton Kutcher
American model, actor, producer
1962 Eddie Izzard
Yemeni/English actor, comedian
1962 Garth Brooks
American singer-songwriter, guitarist
1906 Oleg Antonov
Soviet aircraft designer, founded the Antonov Aircraft Company
1812 Charles Dickens
Deaths On This Day,
2015 Dean Smith
American basketball player, coach
1994 Witold Lutosławski
Polish composer, conductor
1986 Cheikh Anta Diop
Senegalese historian, anthropologist, physicist
1959 Nap Lajoie
American baseball player
1938 Harvey Samuel Firestone
American businessman, founded the Firestone Tire, Rubber Company