Thursday, February 7, 2008

Today in History: February 7

  • 1795 The 11th Amendment is ratified; federal courts cannot hear a suit by a citizen against a state.
  • 1812 English writer Charles Dickens born; wrote A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities.
  • 1812 The New Madrid Earthquake in Missouri; 7.9 magnitude, town destroyed, lakes drained, felt in Boston.
  • 1877 English mathematician G. H. Hardy born; mentor to Ramanujan.
  • 1883 Scottish-American mathematician Eric Temple Bell born; wrote Men of Mathematics.
  • 1885 American writer Sinclair Lewis born; 1930 Nobel Prize; wrote Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth, It Can't Happen Here.
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