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    This day in history

    Thursday, Feb. 7, is the 38th day of 2013. There are 327 days left in the year.

    Today’s birthdays: Author Gay Talese is 81. Actor Miguel Ferrer is 58. Comedy writer Robert Smigel is 53. Actor James Spader is 53. Country singer Garth Brooks is 51. Actor-comedian Eddie Izzard is 51. Actor-comedian Chris Rock is 48. Actor Ashton Kutcher is 35.

    In 1795, the 11th Amendment to the US Constitution, dealing with states’ sovereign immunity, was ratified.


    In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England.

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    In 1904, a fire began in Baltimore that raged for 30 hours and destroyed 1,500 buildings.

    In 1948, General Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff; he was succeeded by General Omar Bradley.

    In 1962, President Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba.

    In 1984, space shuttle Challenger astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk, which lasted nearly six hours.


    In 2003, Tom Christerson, the longest-living recipient of a fully self-contained artificial heart, died at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., after 512 days on the AbioCor; he was 71.