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Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded

Today is Thursday, February 8, the 39th day of 2024. There are 327 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On February 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after being involved in a plot to kill her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

On this date:

In 1693, a charter was granted for the College of William and Mary at Williamsburg in the Colony of Virginia.

In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America were founded.

In 1922, President Warren G. Harding had a radio installed in the White House.

In 1924, the first gassing in the United States took place at the Nevada State Penitentiary in Carson City, when Gee Jon, a Chinese immigrant convicted of murder, was executed.

Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. Elizabeth declared succession to the British throne following the death of her father, King George VI.

In 1960, work began on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles.

In 1965, Eastern Air Lines Flight 663, a DC-7, crashed shortly after takeoff from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport; All 84 people on board were killed.

In 1968, three Black students were killed at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in a clash between demonstrators and highway patrolmen following protests over a whites-only bowling alley.

In 1971, NASDAQ, the world’s first electronic stock exchange, held its first trading day.

In 1973, Senate leaders appointed seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal; among them was Democrat Sam J. Ervin of North Carolina, the committee chairman.

In 2007, model, actress and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Hollywood, Florida, at the age of 39.

In 2020, the US Embassy in Beijing said that a 60-year-old US citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died in Wuhan on February 5; This was apparently the first American death from the virus.

Longtime NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer died at the age of 77 in North Carolina in 2021.

In 2022, “The Power of the Dog” topped the 2022 Oscar nominations with 10 nominations. (Jane Campion won best director.)

In 2023, rescue teams in Turkey and Syria searched for signs of life in the rubble of thousands of buildings destroyed by a devastating earthquake. The confirmed death toll from the world’s deadliest earthquake in more than a decade has approached 12,000 and will eventually rise above 50,000.

Today’s birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 92. Journalist Ted Koppel is 84. Actor Nick Nolte is 83. Comedian Robert Klein is 82. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 81. Singer Ron Tyson is 76. Actor Brooke Adams is 75. Actor Mary Steenburgen 71. Author John Grisham 69. Retired NBA All-Star and College Basketball Hall of Famer Marques Johnson 68. Actor Henry Czerny 65. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) 63. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson 62 Filmmaker Toby Emmerich 61. Actor Missy Yager 56. Actor Mary McCormack 55. Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning 54. Actor Susan Misner 53. Dance musician Guy-Manuel de Homem- Christo (Daft Punk) 50, Actor Seth Green 50 , Actor Joshua Morrow 50, Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) 47, Actor William Jackson Harper 44, Actor Jim Parrack 43, Folk singer-musician Joey Ryan (Milk Carton Kids) 42, Actor-comedian Cecily Strong 40, Rock musician Jeremy Davis 39, Hip-hop artist Anderson Paak is 38, Actor Ryan Pinkston is 36, NBA star Klay Thompson is 34, Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is 34. Actor Karle Warren is 32 years old.

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