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On this day Feb 12-18 2017 (week 07)

By Fiona Roberts

February 12, 2017 - February 18, 2017 - This week features the end of China’s Qing dynasty,an historic meeting between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, the opening of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children in London, the first teddy bear, the patent for nylon, the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and the maiden voyage of the Enterprise, which paved the way for the space shuttle programme.

February 12, 1912: Six-year-old emperor Pu-Yi of China was forced to abdicate, ending the Qing dynasty, the last imperial dynasty of China that had ruled from 1644

February 13, 2016: Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill held a historic meeting in Cuba, the first between their two churches since the schism of 1054

February 14, 1852: Great Ormond Street Hospital opened in London as the Hospital for Sick Children. Its first patient was Eliza Armstrong, 3, who was treated for tuberculosis

February 15, 1903: The teddy bear was introduced in America, named after President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt who had spared the life of a bear cub during a hunt

February 16, 1937: DuPont received a patent for its new synthetic “miracle” fibre, named nylon. Commercial production of nylon for stockings started in 1939

February 17, 1923: Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon opened the inner tomb of the Egyptian King Tutankhamun at Luxor. The tomb had been sealed since 1337 BC

February 18, 1977: Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for the space shuttle programme, made its maiden test voyage atop a Boeing 747

PUBLISHED: 06/02/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty, Associated Press