February 7 in Pop Culture History

07February 7 in Pop Culture History

1497 – The Bonfire of the Vanities occurred in which supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burned thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy.

1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy

1817 – The first public gas street light in the was lit in Baltimore, Maryland, the first in the United States.

1904 – 1500 buildings, in an 80block area of the downtown Baltimore was destroyed in a fire. No one was killed.

1914 – The silent film Kid Auto Races at Venice premiered in theaters, featuring Charlie Chaplin in his first screen appearance as The Little Tramp.

1932 – The ‘neutron’ was mentioned in an article in the journal Nature by its discoverer, James Chadwick,

1935 – ‘Monopoly’ was first sold by Charles Darrow. In December he sold the patented (#2,026,082) game to Parker Brothers.

1940 – The second full-length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premiered.

1962 – The United States banned all Cuban imports and exports.

1964 – The Beatles first arrive in the United States.

1964 – Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow landed at New York’s Kennedy Airport, bring The Beatles to America for the first time.

1970 – # 1 Hit February 7, 1970 – February 13, 1970: Shocking BlueVenus

1976 – # 1 Hit February 7, 1976 – February 27, 1976: Paul Simon50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

1979 – Ex-planet Pluto moved inside real planet Neptune’s orbit for the first time since both planets were known to science.

1981 – February 7, 1981 – February 20, 1981: Kool & the GangCelebration

1982 – Superman: The Movie was broadcast on American television for the first time. It was in two parts, continued the following night.

1984 – STS-41-B Challenger Mission: Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).

1985 – New York, New York became the official anthem of New York City.

1987 – # 1 Hit February 7, 1987 – February 13, 1987: MadonnaOpen Your Heart

1988 – America’s Most Wanted premiered on FOX.

1990 – Dissolution of the Soviet Union: The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power.

2009 – # 1 Hit February 7, 2009 – February 20, 2009: Kelly ClarksonMy Life Would Suck Without You

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