Today In History




Today in History: Monday, February  08, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after being implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
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1693A charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
1837The Senate selected Richard Mentor Johnson of Kentucky as vice president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
1904The Russo-Japanese War began.
1910The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
1915D.W. Griffith's silent movie epic about the Civil War, "The Birth of a Nation," premiered in Los Angeles.
1922President Warren G. Harding had a radio installed in the White House.
1924The first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.
1968Three college students died in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley.
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1971NASDAQ, the world's first electronic stock exchange, held its first trading day.
1993General Motors sued NBC, alleging that the program "Dateline NBC" had rigged two crashes to show that GM pickups were prone to fires. (NBC settled the lawsuit the following day.)
1999The Senate heard closing arguments in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
2007Model and tabloid sensation Anna Nicole Smith died at age 39 of an accidental drug overdose.
2010Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop superstar in Los Angeles Superior Court. (Murray was convicted and sentenced to four years in jail.)
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox turns 61 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Jack LarsonActor ("Adventures of Superman")88
John WilliamsComposer, conductor84
Ted KoppelBroadcast journalist76
Nick NolteActor75
Robert KleinComedian74
Creed BrattonActor ("The Office")73
Brooke AdamsActress67
Vince NeilRock singer (Motley Crue)55
Lisa JacksonFormer EPA administrator54
Mary McCormackActress47
Alonzo MourningBasketball player46
Seth GreenActor42
Cecily StrongActress, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")32
Actress Mary Steenburgen turns 63 years old today.
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SOURCE: The Associated Press