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On This Day: February 08th

This is 39th day of the year and 326 days remain in the year.

in history
1587
Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded.
1693
College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., received its charter, becoming the second institution of higher learning in the United States.
1870
The National Weather Service was established under the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
1904

The Russo-Japanese war began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China.

1915
D. W. Griffith's controversial epic, The Birth of a Nation premiered in Los Angeles.
1924
The gas chamber was used for the first time as a method of execution in the United States. Gangster Gee Jon was put to death at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.
1960
The payola (pay for broadcast airplay) hearings opened in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dick Clark would testify in April.
1980
President Jimmy Carter revealed his plan to reinstate selective service draft registration.
February 08 BirthdaysWilliam Tecumseh Sherman1820–1891, American General.
James Deanactor
John Grishamnovelist
Nick Nolteactor
Lana Turneractress
Gary Colemanactor
Jules Vernenovelist
Dame Edith Evansactress
Martin Buberphilosopher
John Williamscomposer, conductor
Kate Chopinauthor
Jack Lemmonactor
Elizabeth Bishoppoet



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