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February 7, 1478: Birth of humanist and statesman Sir Thomas More: The son of John

More of Lincoln's Inn, More was the earliest and most conspicuous of the English humanists. He studied Greek under Grocyn at Oxford but was brought home two years later to study law and became a barrister in 1501. In 1516 More published his famous speculative political book, Utopia. A friend of Erasmus, More campaigned for the Dutch humanist's religious and cultural programme from 1515 to 1520. He began attacking Martin Luther's dogmas and represented the king, becoming 'sorter-out and placer of the principal matters and then Chancellor of England in 1529. More's life ended when he was put to death for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England and he was later made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

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novelist Charles Dickens; 1886: The richest gold reef in the world was discovered by George Walker, an Englishman, in Transvaal, South Africa; 1989: Sardines rained over the Australian town of Ipswich as violent storms caused updraughts to take the fish from shallow waters into the atmosphere; 1990: An amendment to Article Six of the Soviet Union's constitution, claiming 'full authority to government', announced the first step towards democracy.
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Date:Feb 7, 2002
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