Events - February 7
1893 - Elisha Gray, of Highland Park, IL, patented a machine called the telautograph. It automatically signed autographs to documents, freeing up those who would be autographing these things so that they could take care of other matters.
1931 - The American opera, "Peter Ibbetson", by Deems Taylor premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
1936 - A U.S. Vice President’s flag was established by executive order.
1940 - Movie fans watched the world premiere of the Walt Disney animation, "Pinocchio", at the Center Theatre in Manhattan. The showing followed that of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" as Disney’s second feature-length film. One critic called the show, “The happiest event since the war.”
1941 - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra teamed to record "Everything Happens to Me" for Victor Records. The session happened in the New York City studios of Victor.
1948 - Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as U.S. Army Chief of Staff. He was succeeded by General Omar Bradley. Why did Ike quit, you ask? To become president of Columbia University, we answer.
1959 - The play, "The Rivalry", opened in New York City. It ran for a total of 81 performances.
1964 - More than 3,000 fans jammed JFK Airport in New York City as Beatlemania invaded the U.S. The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived for their first U.S. visit (including an appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"). The ‘Fab Four’ controlled the top spot on the pop music charts for the next 15 weeks and owned the top of the album charts for 10 weeks. "Meet The Beatles", indeed!
1966 - For the first time, "Crawdaddy!" magazine was published by Paul Williams, in New York City.
1969 - Tom Jones, ‘The Prince of Wails’, premiered on ABC-TV after the network acquired the rights to the singing sensation’s popular United Kingdom show. The network paid a British production company an estimated $20 million for those rights. And they cried in one of Tom’s hankies all the way to the bank.
1974 - Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra received a gold record for the disco hit, "Love’s Theme".
1985 - "Sports Illustrated" released its annual swimsuit edition. It was the biggest regular edition in the magazine’s history, weighing in at 218 pages. Paulina Porizkova joined Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley as the only models to make the cover more than once.
1985 - "New York, New York" became the official anthem of the Big Apple. The announcement was made by then New York mayor, Ed “How’m I Doin’?” Koch. Sinatra fans rejoiced at the honor.
1987 - Madonna’s "Open Your Heart" hit #1 in the U.S. It was the third straight number-one single from her "True Blue" album.
1994 - Paul Anka was honored at the French music industry’s annual awards in Paris for his song "My Way". In 1968 Anka wrote new lyrics to the melody of a French pop hit "Comme d’habitude", which means "As Usual". Anka called his version "My Way", and it became Frank Sinatra’s signature song.
1997 - These films began runs in the U.S.: "The Beautician and the Beast", starring Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton; "Dante’s Peak", with Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton; "The Pest", starring John Leguizamo and Tammy Townsend; and "Suburbia", with Jayce Bartok, Amie Carey, Nicky Katt, Ajay Naidu and Parker Posey.
1998 - The XVIIIth Winter Olympic games opened at Nagano, Japan. Wind, rain, fog and lightning, with a mild earthquake thrown in, played havoc with Alpine skiing during the first five days. Then, good weather moved in and, when the games ended, the Japanese were hailed for their excellent show.
1999 - Jordanians mourned the loss of King Hussein bin Talal, who died at age 63 after a long battle with cancer. His eldest son, Abdullah, was sworn in as king hours after his father’s death.
2000 - With an astonishing comeback to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Tiger Woods gained his sixth straight PGA Tour victory. He was the first player since Ben Hogan in 1948 to win six in a row.
2000 - Doug Henning, Canadian-born magician, died in Los Angeles from liver cancer. He was 52 years old.
2001 - Actress and singer/songwriter Dale Evans, wife of cowboy star Roy Rogers, died at age 88. Her compositions included Happy Trails and The Bible Tells Me So.
2003 - Chessmaster Garry Kasparov played to a 3-3 tie against the Deep Junior computer program.
2007 - 14 deaths were blamed on blowing snow and intense cold from a storm in the Midwest and Northeast U.S. The winter weather had kept schools closed for several days across much of Ohio and West Virginia.
2008 - The U.S. Congress passed an emergency stimulus plan that rushed rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most taxpayers and $300 checks to disabled veterans, the elderly and other low-income people.
Birthdays - February 7
1478 - Sir Thomas More (‘Man for All Seasons’: statesman, author; found guilty of treason: beheaded July 6, 1535; sainted in 1935)
1812 - Charles Dickens (novelist: David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist; died June 9, 1870)
1867 - Laura Ingalls Wilder (writer: Little House series including Little House on the Prairie and Little House in the Big Woods; died Feb 10, 1957)
1883 - Eubie (James Hubert) Blake (pianist, bandleader, composer [1,000 songs]: Charleston, Chocolate Dandies, Blackbirds of 1930, Memories of You, Shuffle Along of 1932, Atrocities of 1932, Swing It, Tan Manhattan, Brownskin Models, Hit the Stride; w/Noble Sissle: It’s All Your Fault, Shufflin’ Along, Love Will Find a Way, I’m Just Wild About Harry; died Feb 12, 1983)
1885 - (Harry) Sinclair Lewis (1st American Nobel prize-winning author : Elmer Gantry; refused Pulitzer prize: Arrowsmith ; Main Street; died Jan 10, 1951)
1908 - Buster (Clarence Linden) Crabbe (Olympic Gold medal swimmer, actor: Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Billy the Kid; died Apr 23, 1983)
1915 - Eddie Bracken (actor: Summer Stock, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Tales from the Darkside; TV quiz show panelist; died Nov 14, 2002)
1920 - Oscar Brand (folk singer, composer: Bawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads; music director: NBC-TV Sunday; host: Let’s Sing Out; died Sep 30, 2016)
1921 - Wilma Lee Cooper (Leary) (country singer: Come Walk with Me with husband, Stoney; group: Clinch Mountain Clan with daughter, Carol Lee; died Sep 13, 2011)
1923 - Keefe Brasselle (Brusselle) (actor: Skirts Ahoy!, Streets of Sin; Eddie Cantor Story: singer in title role; died July 7, 1981)
1932 - Gay Talese (writer: The Kingdom and the Power, Unto the Sons)
1934 - King Curtis (Rock and Roll Hall of Famer: tenor sax: Memphis, Soul Stew, Soul Twist; murdered in New York City Aug 13, 1971: stabbed to death outside his apartment)
1937 - Juan Pizarro (baseball: pitcher: Milwaukee Braves [World Series: 1957, 1958], Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1963, 1964], Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros)
1946 - Jeff Van Note (football: Atlanta Falcons)
1948 - Jimmy Greenspoon (musician: organ: group: Three Dog Night: Joy to the World, It Ain’t Easy, Black and White, Shambala; died Mar 7, 2015)
1949 - Alan Lancaster (musician: bass: group: Status Quo: LPs: Picturesque Matchstickable, Piledriver, Hello, On the Level, Blue for You)
1950 - Marilyn Cochran (skier: first American to win a World Cup title: 1969 giant slalom champion; bronze medalist at 1970 World Championships)
1950 - Burt Hooton (baseball pitcher: Univ. of Texas: 3-time first-team All-American [1969-1971]; Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers, Texas Rangers; pitching coach: Univ. of Texas, LA Dodgers organization)
1951 - Benny Ayala (baseball: NY Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles [World Series:1979, 1983], Cleveland Indians)
1953 - Robert Brazile (football: Houston Oilers)
1955 - Miguel Ferrer (actor: Twin Peaks, Stephen King’s The Stand, Point of No Return, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Robocop, Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, Flashpoint, Crossing Jordan; son of actor José Ferrer; died Jan 19, 2017)
1959 - Brian Travers (musician: saxophone: group: UB40: King, Food for Thought, My Way of Thinking, I Think It’s Going to Rain, Dream a Lie, The Earth Dies Screaming, Red Red Wine; short film producer: Labour of Love)
1960 - James Spader (Emmy Award-winning actor: Boston Legal [2004, 2005, 2007]; The Practice, Crash, Wolf, Stargate, True Colors, sex, lies and videotape, Wall Street, Mannequin, Endless Love, The Family Tree)
1962 - (Troyal) Garth Brooks (Grammy Award-winning singer: In Another’s Eyes [1998 w/Trisha Yearwood]; Friends in Low Places, The Thunder Rolls; LPs: Ropin’ the Wind [first LP in history to debut at #1 on Billboard’s pop and country charts], The Chase, In Pieces, Fresh Horses, Sevens, Double Live; has sold over 80 million albums -- second only to The Beatles)
1962 - David Bryan (musician: keyboard: group: Bon Jovi)
1962 - Eddie Izzard (Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, comedian: Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill ; Eddie Izzard: Live at the Ambassadors, The Secret Agent, Inspector Derrick, The Avengers, Mystery Men, It’s the Monty Python Story, Shadow of the Vampire, All the Queen’s Men)
1965 - Jason Gedrick (actor: Iron Eagle, Born on the Fourth of July, Backdraft, Murder One, EZ Streets, The Last Don II, Falcone)
1965 - Chris Rock (actor, comedian: Beverly Hills Cop II, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Saturday Night Live, Beverly Hills Ninja, The Chris Rock Show, Lethal Weapon 4, Me, Myself & Irene, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Bad Company)
1973 - Victor Webster (actor: Mutant X, Charmed, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, White Collar, Puppy Love)
1974 - Adrian Brown (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, KC Royals)
1974 - Steve Nash (basketball [guard]: Santa Clara Univ; Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
1975 - Wes Borland (musician: guitar: group: Limp Bizkit: Counterfeit, Sour, Faith, Nookie, Re-Arranged, N 2 Gether Now, Break Stuff, Crushed)
1975 - Alexandre Daigle (hockey: Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, TB Lightning, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild)
1978 - Endy Chávez (baseball [center field]: Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets)
1978 - Ashton Kutcher (actor: Two and a Half Men, Just Married, The Butterfly Effect, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Reindeer Games, Coming Soon)
1979 - Cerina Vincent (actress: Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, Not Another Teen Movie, Cabin Fever, Return to House on Haunted Hill, Toxic, Fashion Victim, Complacent, MoniKa, Not Another Teen Movie; more)
1985 - Tina Majorino (actress: Scorpion, Napoleon Dynamite, Alice in Wonderland, True Women, Waterworld, Corrina, Corrina, When a Man Loves a Woman, Camp Wilder)
1985 - Deborah Ann Woll (actress: True Blood, Daredevil, The Defenders, The Punisher, Mother’s Day, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Catch .44, Ruby Sparks, Meet Me in Montenegro, The Automatic Hate)
Chart Toppers - February 7
Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Dinah Shore
A Dreamer’s Holiday - Perry Como
The Old Master Painter - Snooky Lanson
Chatanoogie Shoe Shine Boy - Red Foley
Don’t/I Beg of You - Elvis Presley
Get a Job - The Silhouettes
Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn
Ballad of a Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash
My Love - Petula Clark
Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys
No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) - The T-Bones
Giddyup Go - Red Sovine
The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand
Love’s Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra
Americans - Byron MacGregor
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Centerfold - The J. Geils Band
Harden My Heart - Quarterflash
Turn Your Love Around - George Benson
Lonely Nights - Mickey Gilley
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You - Michael Bolton
Opposites Attract - Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair
Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
Nobody’s Home - Clint Black
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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