On this day: February 7

Posted: 7:01 PM EST Feb 06, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EST Feb 07, 2016

The Mississippi River is rocked by earthquakes, Baltimore burns, Chaplin debuts "The Tramp," The Beatles arrive in America, and space shuttle astronauts make the first untethered spacewalk, all on this day.

OTD February 7 - Dean Smith
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2015: College basketball coaching legend Dean Smith dies at the age of 83 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Smith, who won two NCAA Championships and made 11 Final Fours during his 36-year tenure at the University of North Carolina, had suffered from advanced dementia in his latter years. A member of both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Hall of Fame, he also coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. In 1997, he retired as the winningest coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball. His record of 879 wins would eventually be eclipsed by Bob Knight in 2007, Mike Krzyzewski in 2011 and Jim Boeheim in 2012.

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