February 7 in Pop Culture History
February 7th is…
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: A day to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on the African American community and to promote testing, prevention, and treatment.
Fettuccine Alfredo Day: A day to celebrate and enjoy the delicious pasta dish of Fettuccine Alfredo.
National Periodic Table Day: A day to recognize the importance of the periodic table in chemistry and to honor its creator, Dmitri Mendeleev. He created the periodic table to organize and classify the then-known 64 elements based on their atomic mass, chemical properties, and other characteristics to predict the properties of elements yet to be discovered.
Safer Internet Day: A day to raise awareness about online safety, promote the responsible use of technology, and encourage people to use the internet safely and positively.
Send a Card to a Friend Day: A day to encourage people to send a card or letter to a friend to stay in touch and spread kindness.
National Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day: A day to encourage people to be friendly and to make new connections with their neighbors.
1497 – The Bonfire of the Vanities occurred in which supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burned thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy.
1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy
1817 – A public gas street light in was lit in Baltimore, Maryland, the first in the United States.
1904 – 1500 buildings in an 80-block area of downtown Baltimore were destroyed in a fire. No one was killed.
1914 – The silent film Kid Auto Races at Venice premiered in theaters, featuring Charlie Chaplin in his first screen appearance as The Little Tramp.
1932 – The ‘neutron’ was mentioned in an article in the journal Nature by its discoverer, James Chadwick,
1935 – ‘Monopoly’ was first sold by Charles Darrow. He sold the patented (#2,026,082) game in December to Parker Brothers.
1940 – The second full-length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premiered.
1962 – The United States banned all Cuban imports and exports.
1964 – The Beatles first arrived in the United States.
1964 – Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow landed at New York’s Kennedy Airport, bringing The Beatles to America for the first time.
1970 – # 1 Hit February 7, 1970 – February 13, 1970: Shocking Blue – Venus
1976 – # 1 Hit February 7, 1976 – February 27, 1976: Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
1979 – Ex-planet Pluto moved inside real planet Neptune’s orbit for the first time since both planets were known to science.
1981 – February 7, 1981 – February 20, 1981: Kool & the Gang – Celebration
1982 – Superman: The Movie was broadcast on American television for the first time. It was in two parts, and continued the following night.
1984 – STS-41-B Challenger Mission: Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).
1985 – New York, New York became the official anthem of New York City.
1987 – # 1 Hit February 7, 1987 – February 13, 1987: Madonna – Open Your Heart
1988 – America’s Most Wanted premiered on FOX.
1990 – Dissolution of the Soviet Union: The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power.
2009 – # 1 Hit February 7, 2009 – February 20, 2009: Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck With