Today in history: Feb. 7 In 1812, author Charles...


February 07, 2002

Today in history: Feb. 7

In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England.

In 1931, aviator Amelia Earhart married publisher George P. Putnam in Noank, Conn.

In 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.

In 1943, the government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person for the remainder of the year.

In 1944, during World War II, the Germans launched a counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy.

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

In 1964, the Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In 1971, women in Switzerland won the right to vote.

In 1986, Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country, ending 28 years of his family's rule.

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

Ten years ago: Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and French President Francois Mitterrand signed a cooperation treaty in Paris. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson testified at his rape trial in Indianapolis that his accuser, a Miss Black America contestant, had consented to having sex with him.

One year ago: The Senate voted to release $582 million in dues owed the United Nations.

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