On this day in history February 7,
1974 – The nation of Grenada gained independence from Britain.
1976 – Darryl Sittler (Toronto Maple Leafs) set a National Hockey League (NHL) record when he scored 10 points in a game against the Boston Bruins. He scored six goals and four assists.
1977 – Russia launched Soyuz 24.
1984 – Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart made the first untethered space walk.
1985 – “Sports Illustrated” released its annual swimsuit edition. It was the largest regular edition in the magazine’s history at 218 pages.
1985 – “New York, New York” became the official anthem of New York City.
1986 – Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country ending 28 years of family rule.
1991 – The Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti’s first democratically elected president.
1999 – King Hussein of Jordan died. His son was sworn in as king four hours after the announcement that his father had died.