GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, February 07, the 38th day of 2015 with 327 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:52 and sunset is @ 5:04. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury, & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1301 – Edward Caernarvon (later King Edward II) became the first Prince of Wales.
1827 – French danseuse Mme. Francisquy Hutin introduced ballet to the U.S. with a performance of “The Deserter” at the Bowery Theater.
1882 – John L. Sullivan won the last bare-knuckle heavyweight boxing championship.
1904 – The Great Baltimore Fire began when wind whipped a fire in the business district into a conflagration that engulfed a large part of the city by evening. More than 1,500 buildings were completely leveled, and another 1,000 severely damaged, with property loss an estimated $100 million. It was the biggest fire-related disaster since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
1905 – Congress granted statehood to Oklahoma. New Mexico and Arizona were the only remaining territories.
1931 – Aviator Amelia Earhart married publisher George P. Putnam.
1943 – The U.S. government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person for the remainder of the year.
1947 – The main group of the Dead Sea Scrolls, dating to about 150 BC-AD 68, was found in caves by the Jordan River.
1948 – General Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff; he was succeeded by General Omar Bradley.
1964 – The Beatles began their first American tour, arriving at New York’s Kennedy International Airport.
1971 – Women in Switzerland won the right to vote.
1972 – Title IX was passed, a U.S. law guaranteeing gender equality in federally-funded school programs, including athletics.
1973 – The U.S. Senate voted to form an investigative committee to look into the Watergate break-in.
1984 – U.S. Navy Captain Bruce McCandless became the first human being to fly untethered in space when he exited the U.S. space shuttle Challenger and maneuvered freely. Robert L. Stewart joined him in the feat.
1985 – “Sports Illustrated” released its annual swimsuit edition.
1985 – “New York, New York” became the official anthem of the Big Apple.
1986 – Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country, ending 28 years of his family’s rule.
1992 – The European Union was established upon the signing of the Maastricht Treaty of European Union.
1995 – Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan, after two years as a fugitive.
1999 – Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.