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This Day In History: Feb. 7

Today is the 38th day of 2008 and the 48th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1904, the Great Fire of Baltimore, which destroyed over 1,500 buildings, broke out. In 1917, a German U-boat sank the British ship California off the Irish coast. In 1964, the Beatles arrived in New York.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: St. Thomas More (1477-1535), lawyer/writer/politician, saint; Charles Dickens (1812-1870), novelist; Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), writer; Eubie Blake (1883-1983), composer, pianist; Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), novelist; Garth Brooks (1962- ), singer, is 46; Chris Rock (1966- ), actor/comedian, is 42; Ashton Kutcher (1978- ), actor, is 30.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1970, Pete Maravich set the all-time record for points scored in a college basketball game (69).

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Take nothing on its looks: take everything on evidence." - Charles Dickens

TODAY'S FACT: The Beatles had released three singles in the U.S. to very little fanfare before "I Want to Hold Your Hand" soared up the charts.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 71 - number of days (plus 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds) in Ellen MacArthur's record-setting solo sail around the globe, which she finished on this day in 2005.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (February 6) and first quarter (February 13).

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