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Tuesday 7 February 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Independence Day (Grenada), celebrates the independence of Grenada from the United Kingdom in 1974.
  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (United States)

Events

  • 1991 – Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in.
  • 1984 – Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B Mission: Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).
  • 1979 – Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either was discovered.
  • 1962 – The United States bans all Cuban imports and exports.
  • 1907 – The Mud March is the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
  • 1795 – The 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
  • 1783 – American Revolutionary War: French and Spanish forces lift the Great Siege of Gibraltar.
  • 1301 – Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II of England) becomes the first English Prince of Wales.

Births

  • 1999 – Bea Miller, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1989 – Isaiah Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1988 – Matthew Stafford, American football player
  • 1985 – Tina Majorino, American actress
  • 1984 – Trey Hardee, American decathlete
  • 1978 – Ashton Kutcher, American model, actor, producer, and entrepreneur
  • 1975 – Wes Borland, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1974 – J Dilla, American rapper and producer (d. 2006)
  • 1973 – Juwan Howard, American basketball player and coach
  • 1972 – Robyn Lively, American actress
  • 1968 – Sully Erna, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1965 – Chris Rock, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, American Naval officer and astronaut
  • 1962 – David Bryan, American keyboard player and songwriter
  • 1962 – Garth Brooks, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1960 – James Spader, American actor and producer
  • 1960 – Robert Smigel, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Carney Lansford, American baseball player and coach
  • 1956 – Mark St. John, American guitarist (d. 2007)
  • 1955 – Miguel Ferrer, American actor and director (d. 2017)
  • 1955 – Rolf Benirschke, American football player and game show host
  • 1953 – Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player and poet (d. 1998)
  • 1950 – Karen Joy Fowler, American author
  • 1949 – Joe English, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1948 – Jimmy Greenspoon, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (d. 2015)
  • 1946 – Sammy Johns, American country music singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1943 – Eric Foner, American historian, author, and academic
  • 1937 – Peter Jay, English economist, journalist, and diplomat, British Ambassador to the United States
  • 1935 – Herb Kohl, American businessman and politician
  • 1934 – Earl King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2003)
  • 1934 – King Curtis, American saxophonist and producer (d. 1971)
  • 1932 – Alfred Worden, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1932 – Gay Talese, American journalist and memoirist
  • 1928 – Lincoln D. Faurer, American general (d. 2014)
  • 1926 – Bill Hoest, American cartoonist (d. 1988)
  • 1920 – An Wang, Chinese-American engineer and businessman, founded Wang Laboratories (d. 1990)
  • 1920 – Oscar Brand, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and author (d. 2016)
  • 1919 – Desmond Doss, American army corporal and combat medic, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2006)
  • 1919 – Jock Mahoney, American actor and stuntman (d. 1989)
  • 1915 – Eddie Bracken, American actor and singer (d. 2002)
  • 1908 – Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983)
  • 1906 – Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov, Russian engineer, founded the Antonov Aircraft Company (d. 1984)
  • 1904 – Ernest E. Debs, American politician, California State Assembly member, Los Angeles city councilman, and a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (d. 2002)
  • 1898 – Dock Boggs, American folk singer-songwriter and banjo player (d. 1971)
  • 1895 – Anita Stewart, American actress (d. 1961)
  • 1889 – Harry Nyquist, Swedish-American engineer and theorist (d. 1976)
  • 1887 – Eubie Blake, American pianist and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1885 – Sinclair Lewis, American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1951)
  • 1878 – Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Russian-American pianist and conductor (d. 1936)
  • 1873 – Thomas Andrews, Irish shipbuilder and businessman, designed the RMS Titanic (d. 1912)
  • 1867 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (d. 1957)
  • 1864 – Arthur Collins, American baritone singer (d. 1933)
  • 1804 – John Deere, American blacksmith and businessman, founded Deere & Company (d. 1886)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Richard Hatch, American actor (b. 1945)
  • 2015 – Billy Casper, American golfer and architect (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – Dean Smith, American basketball player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – John C. Whitehead, American banker and politician, 9th United States Deputy Secretary of State (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Marshall Rosenberg, American psychologist and author (b. 1934)
  • 2014 – Doug Mohns, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Harry Keough, American soccer player and coach (b. 1927)
  • 2009 – Blossom Dearie, American singer and pianist (b. 1924)
  • 2001 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and pilot (b. 1906)
  • 2001 – Dale Evans, American singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1912)
  • 1999 – Bobby Troup, American actor, pianist, and composer (b. 1918)
  • 1996 – Phillip Davidson, American general (b. 1915)
  • 1990 – Alan Perlis, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1922)
  • 1972 – Walter Lang, American director and screenwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1968 – Nick Adams, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 1959 – Guitar Slim, American singer and guitarist (b. 1926)
  • 1959 – Nap Lajoie, American baseball player and manager (b. 1874)
  • 1938 – Harvey Samuel Firestone, American businessman, founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company (b. 1868)
  • 1937 – Elihu Root, American lawyer and politician, 38th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1921 – John J. Gardner, American politician (b. 1845)
  • 1919 – William Halford, English-American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1841)
  • 1891 – Marie Louise Andrews, American story writer and journalist (b. 1849)
  • 1871 – Henry E. Steinway, German-American businessman, founded Steinway & Sons (b. 1797)
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