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7th February

1478 * Sir Thomas More, English statesman who was executed by Henry VIII.

1885 * Sinclair Lewis, US novelist and Nobel Prize winner.

1886 HMS Orpheus was wrecked on the New Zealand coast with the loss of 185 lives.

1937 * Peter Jay, British writer and television broadcaster on economic matters.

1940 Walt Disney's 'Pinocchio' had its world premiere, in the USA.

1943 * Gareth Hunt, British television actor who starred in the TV series, The New Avengers.

1947 The main group of the Dead Sea Scrolls was found.

1964 Beatlemania in the US when the Beatles arrived for the first time.

1971 Women in Switzerland were finally granted suffrage.

1974 The island of Grenada won its independence from Britain

1986 President Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier fled Haiti.

1987 South Korea clashed over student death where police made hundreds of arrests in the country's biggest demonstrations for six years.

1986 Haiti dictator, 'Baby doc' Duvalier fled in exile to France with over 100 million.

1990 The Communist Party of the Soviet Union allowed other parties to compete for power.

1991 The IRA fired 3 mortar bombs at 10 Downing Street in London.

1991 Jean-Bertrand Aristide sworn in as first democratically-elected president of Haiti.

1992 The foreign and finance ministers of the EC member states signed the Treaty on European Union and the Maastricht Final Act.

2005 Britain's Ellen MacArthur became the fastest person to sail solo around the world.

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