February 8 in History
1587February 8, 1587:
Following the signing of her death warrant a few days prior by Queen Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots is beheaded.
1915February 8, 1915:
D.W. Griffith’s film, “The Birth of a Nation” is officially premiered at the Los Angeles-based Clune’s Auditorium.
1917February 8, 1917:
The United States space station, Skylab is put out of use after 171 days.
1924February 8, 1924:
Gee Jon, a Chinese gang member, becomes the first person to die by lethal gas.
1936February 8, 1936:
The first-ever National Football League (NFL) draft is held in Philadelphia at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel with Jay Berwanger as the first overall pick.
1965February 8, 1965:
The song “Stop In the Name of Love” by the Supremes is released.
1976February 8, 1976:
“Taxi Driver” starring Robert De Niro is premiered worldwide.
1986February 8, 1986:
Professional basketball player Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb wins a slam dunk contest organized by the NBA despite being the shortest to participate.
2009February 8, 2009: