On this day: February 7

Published: Feb 06 2013 07:01:03 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 07 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

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 - Sir Thomas More
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1478: Sir Thomas More, the statesman, author and Renaissance humanist, is born in London, England. More opposed King Henry VIII's separation from the Roman Catholic Church and refused to accept the king as the head of the Church of England. In 1535, he was tried for treason, convicted on perjured testimony, and beheaded. Pope Pius XI canonized him as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church in 1935.

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