El Dorado News-Times



Today is Tuesday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2023. There are 333 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy Internatio­nal Airport to begin their first American tour.

On this date:

In 1857, a French court acquitted author Gustave Flaubert of obscenity for his serialized novel "Madame Bovary."

In 1943, the government abruptly announced that wartime rationing of shoes made of leather would go into effect in two days, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person per year. (Rationing was lifted in October 1945.)

In 1948, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as U.S. Army chief of staff; he was succeeded by Gen. Omar Bradley.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba.

In 1971, women in Switzerlan­d gained the right to vote through a national referendum, 12 years after a previous attempt failed.

In 1984, space shuttle Challenger astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered spacewalk, which lasted nearly six hours.

In 1985, U.S. Drug Enforcemen­t Administra­tion agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was kidnapped in Guadalajar­a, Mexico, by drug trafficker­s who tortured and murdered him.

In 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was inaugurate­d as the first democratic­ally elected president of Haiti (he was overthrown by the military the following September).

In 1999, Jordan's King Hussein died of cancer at age 63; he was succeeded by his eldest son, Abdullah.

In 2009, a miles-wide section of ice in Lake Erie broke away from the Ohio shoreline, trapping about 135 fishermen, some for as long as four hours before they could be rescued (one man fell into the water and later died of an apparent heart attack).

In 2014, the Sochi Olympics opened with a celebratio­n of Russia's past greatness and hopes for future glory.

Ten years ago: CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones under close questionin­g at a protest-disrupted confirmati­on hearing held by the Senate Intelligen­ce Committee.

Five years ago: Biotech billionair­e Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong struck a $500 million deal to buy the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and some other publicatio­ns; the deal would take effect in June.

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