On this day.... February 8

National Boy Scout Day

FEBRUARY 8TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY
  • TODAY IS IOWA APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • GENERAL WILLIAM SHERMAN (1820-1891)
  • JULES VERNE (1828-1905)
  • LANA TURNER (1920-1995)
  • AUDREY MEADOWS (1922-1996)
  • JACK LEMMON (1925-2001)
  • JAMES DEAN (1931-1955)
 


  • JOHN WILLIAMS (1932, 86)
  • TED KOPPEL (1940, 78)
  • NICK NOLTE (1941, 77)
 
  • JOHN GRISHAM (1955, 63)
  • GARY COLEMAN (1968-2010)
  • SETH GREEN (1974, 44)
  • BETHANY HAMILTON (1990, 28)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1587, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS IS BEHEADED AT 44
  • IN 1693, WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE IS CHARTERED IN VIRGINIA
  • IN 1725, PETER THE GREAT DIES OF UREMIA AT 52
  • IN 1895, TCHAIKOVSKY’S VERSION OF “SWAN LAKE” PREMIERES IN ST. PETERSBURG
  • IN 1905, 10,000 PEOPLE DIE WHEN A CYCLONE HITS TAHITI
  • IN 1910, WILLIAM BOYCE INCORPERATES THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
  • IN 1915, D.W. GRIFFITH DEBUTS “BIRTH OF A NATION” IN LOS ANGELES
  • IN 1924, GEE JOHN IS THE FIRST AMERICAN EXECUTED VIA A GAS CHAMBER IN NEVADA
  • IN 1930, BENNY MEREOFF HITS #1 WITH “HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN”
 
  • IN 1936, THE NFL HAS ITS FIRST EVER DRAFT
  • IN 1942, CONGRESS SENDS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT A DECLARATION RECOMMENDING JAPANESE INTERNMENT TO KEEP THEM FROM OPPOSING THE US WAR EFFORT
  • IN 1945, PAUL BROWN IS HIRED TO COACH A NEW EXPANSION FOOTBALL TEAM WHICH WOULD BE NAMED AFTER HIM IN CLEVELAND
  • IN 1960, BILL RUSSELL OF THE BOSTON CELTICS IS THE FIRST BASKETBALL PLAYER TO EVER HAVE 50 REBOUNDS IN ONE GAME
  • IN 1960, CONGRESS OPENS HEARINGS ON THE PAYOLA SCANDAL
  • IN 1963, THE DALLAS TEXANS MOVE AND BECOME THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
  • IN 1965, THE SUPREMES RELEASE “STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE”
 


  • IN 1968, CHARLTON HESTON’S “PLANET OF THE APES” OPENS
  • IN 1969, THE LAST EDITION OF THE SATURDAY EVENING POST IS PRINTED
  • IN 1969, A ONE TON METEORITE LANDS IN CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO
  • IN 1971, THE NASDAQ STOCK INDEX DEBUTS
  • IN 1973, THE SENATE NAMES A SEVEN PERSON WATERGATE PANEL
  • IN 1974, CBS DEBUTS “GOOD TIMES”
 
  • IN 1975, BOB DYLAN’S ALBUM “BLOOD ON THE TRACKS” DEBUTS AT #1
  • IN 1976, MARTIN SCORSESE’S “TAXI DRIVER” OPENS
  • IN 1977, LARRY FLYNT IS CHARGED WITH OBSCENITY FOR PUBLISHING HUSTLER
  • IN 1980, DAVID BOWIE DIVORCES HIS FIRST WIFE ANGELA
  • IN 1981, SCOTT HAMILTON WINS THE US MALE FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 1983, WAYNE GRETZKY SETS AN NHL RECORD BY SCORING FOUR GOALS IN 1 PERIOD
  • IN 1984, THE WINTER GAMES IN SARAJEVO, YUGOSLAVIA OPEN
  • IN 1986, SPUD WEBB WINS THE NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST AT 5’7”
 
  • IN 1986, BILLY OCEAN GOES TO #1 WITH “WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH”
  • IN 1990, 60 MINUTES SUSPENDS ANDY ROONEY FOR MAKING RACIALLY AND SEXUALLY INSENSITIVE REMARKS. AFTER RATINGS DROP 20% HE RETURNS AFTER FOUR WEEKS
  • IN 1991, ROGER CLEMENS SETS A RECORD WITH A $5 MILLION RED SOX CONTRACT
  • IN 1992, RIGHT SAID FRED GOES TO #1 WITH “I’M TOO SEXY”
 


  • IN 1993, GENERAL MOTORS SUES NBC OVER A “DATELINE NBC” STORY WHICH RIGGED CAR AND TRUCK CRASHES TO SHOW GM PICKUPS WERE PRONE TO CATCH ON FIRE
  • IN 1994, JACK NICHOLSON ATTACKS A CAR WITH A GOLF CLUB
  • IN 1996, THE CLEVELAND BROWNS ARE GRANTED PERMISSION TO MOVE TO BALTIMORE BUT NOT TO TAKE THE NAME “THE BROWNS” WITH THEM.
  • IN 1996, CONGRESS PASSES THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT
  • IN 1998, WOMEN’S HOCKEY IS ADDED TO THE WINTER OLYMPICS. THE NHL ALSO SUSPENDS ITS SEASON FOR THE FIRST TIME TO LET PLAYERS PLAY IN SALT LAKE CITY
  • IN 2005, LEADERS OF ISREAL AND PALESTINE DECLARE “A NEW ERA OF PEACE”
  • IN 2007, ANNA NICOLE SMITH DIES SUDDENLY OF UNKNOWN CAUSES AT 39
  • IN 2009, RIHANNA CANCELS HER GRAMMY APPEARANCE AFTER BEING ASSAULTED BY CHRIS BROWN OUTSIDE A PRE-GRAMMY PARTY
  • IN 2017, JEFF SESSIONS IS CONFIRMED AS ATTORNEY GENERAL
 

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