Today is Thursday, Feb. 7.
Today's Highlight in History:
1962: Cuba Embargo
On Feb. 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba.
1812: Charles Dickens
In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England.
1948: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
In 1948, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, right, resigned as U.S. Army chief of staff; he was succeeded by Gen. Omar Bradley.
1964: The Beatles
In 1964, The Beatles arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to begin their first American tour.
1984: Untethered Spacewalk
In 1984, space shuttle Challenger astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered spacewalk, which lasted nearly six hours.
1986: Jean-Claude Duvalier
In 1986, Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier (doo-VAHL-yay') fled his country, ending 28 years of his family's rule.
1986: Philippines Election
In 1986, the Philippines held a presidential election marred by charges of fraud against the incumbent, Ferdinand E. Marcos.
1998: Winter Olympic Games
In 1998, the Winter Olympic Games were opened in Nagano, Japan, by Emperor Akihito.
1999: King Hussein
In 1999, Jordan's King Hussein died of cancer at age 63; he was succeeded by his eldest son, Abdullah.
2009: Australia Bushfires
Ten years ago: Walls of flame roared across southeastern Australia, leveling scores of homes, forests and farmland in the country's worst wildfire disaster in a quarter century.
2009: Bolivia Constitution
Ten years ago: Bolivia's new constitution took effect.
2009: Jack Cover
Ten years ago: Death claimed Jack Cover, inventor of the Taser stun gun, at age 88.
2009: Lake Erie
Ten years ago: 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).
2014: Barack Obama
Five years ago: President Barack Obama, during a visit to Michigan State University, signed an agriculture spending bill spreading benefits to farmers in every region of the country while trimming the food stamp program that had inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.
2014: Sochi Olympics
Five years ago: The Sochi Olympics opened with a celebration of Russia's past greatness and hopes for future glory.
2018: Los Angeles Times Sale
One year ago: Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong struck a $500 million deal to by the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and some other publications; the deal would take effect in June.
2018: St. John's
One year ago: St. John's beat top-ranked Villanova, 79-75, 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.)