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Today in History


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 (zhahn behr-TRAHN’ ahr-ihsTEED’) 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 (ab-DUH’-luh).

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.

In 2020, two days after his acquittal in his first Senate impeachmen­t trial, President Donald Trump took retributio­n against two officials who had delivered damaging testimony; he ousted Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a national security aide, and Gordon Sondland, his ambassador to the European Union.

Ten years ago: CIA Directorde­signate 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 UnionTribu­ne and some other publicatio­ns; the deal would take effect in June. St. John’s beat top-ranked Villanova, 7975, for its second win that week over a top-five team. (St. John’s had earlier snapped an 11-game losing streak by beating fourth-ranked Duke.)

One year ago: President Joe Biden’s top science adviser Eric Lander resigned after the White House confirmed that an internal investigat­ion found credible evidence that he mistreated his staff, marking the first Cabinet-level departure of the Biden administra­tion.

Today’s birthdays: Author Gay Talese is 91. Former Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., is 88. Sen. John Hickenloop­er, D-Colo., is 71. Comedy writer Robert Smigel is 63. Actor James Spader is

63. Country singer Garth Brooks is

61. Rock musician David Bryan (Bon Jovi) is 61. Actor-comedian Eddie Izzard is 61. Actor-comedian Chris Rock is 58. Actor Jason Gedrick is 56. Actor Essence Atkins is 50. Rock singer-musician Wes Borland is 48. Rock musician Tom Blankenshi­p (My Morning Jacket) is 45. Actor Ashton Kutcher is 45. Actor Tina Majorino is 38. Actor Deborah Ann Woll is 38. NBA player Isaiah Thomas is 34. NHL center Steven Stamkos is 33.

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