Wednesday, February 8, 2012

8th of February

It is the 39th day of the year, with only 326 day remaining until the new year.

1587 - Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

1855 - The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in Southern Devon, England.

1865 - In the United States, Delaware votes reject the Thirteenth Amendment and vote to continue the practice of slavery.  Delaware finally ratifies the Amendment, 36 years and 4 days later.

1887 - The Dawes Act authorizes the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.

1910 - The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.

1915 - D.W. Griffith's controversial film, The Birth of a Nation, premieres in Los Angeles.

1922 - President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House.

1924 - The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.

1960 - The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1971 - The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.

1971 - South Vietnamese ground troops launch an incursion into Laos to try and cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and stop communist infiltration.

1974 - After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit the space station Skylab, returns to Earth.

1978 - Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.

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