7th February Born on this day
1943 Gareth Hunt
1949 Alan Lancaster
1960 Steve Bronski
1962 Eddie Izzard
1962 Garth Brooks
1966 Kristin Otto
1812 Charles Dickens
Died on this day
1894 Adolphe Sax
1985 Matt Munro
1999 King Hussein of Jordan
1959 Buddy Holly's funeral took place, pall- bearers included The Crickets and Phil Everly.
1964 The Beatles flew to America for the first time.
1976 Paul Simon topped the US singles chart with '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'.
1981 Kool and the Gang reached No.1 in the US with 'Celebration'.
1987 Paul Simon arrived in London to find he had to defend his decision to record part of his 'Graceland' album in South Africa
1992 World super-middleweight boxing champion Chris Eubank was released on bail after being involved in a car crash at road works on the A23 in W. Sussex which left a workman dead.
1994 It was reported that 13.1 million television viewers watched British boxer Chris Eubank beat German Graciano Rocchigiani in Berlin. It was the most watched programme of the year
People & Showbiz
1999 Upon hearing of the recent death of King Hussein of Jordan, singer Mariah Carey told CNN reporters: 'I'm inconsolable at the present time. I was a very good friend of Jordan, he was probably the greatest basketball player this country has ever seen, we will never see his like again'.
1947 A large batch of the Dead Sea Scrolls were believed to have been found in the Judean Wilderness.
1977 Amnesty International claimed that Ugandan dictator Idi Amin had executed thousands of people since coming to power.
1984 American astronaut Bruce McCandless, from the Challenger space shuttle, became the first person to walk in space without being attached to his spacecraft.
1991 The IRA bombed 10 Downing Street with mortars from a van as the war cabinet met during the morning. Four people were slightly injured.