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1945Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach

1983Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino

1807Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious

1994Kapil Dev sets world record for Test Cricket wickets with 432

200951st Grammy Awards: Please Read The Letter, Adele wins

1986The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

1960Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)

1987Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

1977Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

1895Tchaikovsky/Petipa's "Swan Lake," premieres in Petersburg

1926Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

1960Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".

1915D. W. Griffith's silent film "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA - first 12-reel film in America

1976"Taxi Driver", starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released

1994Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

1942Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort

1983Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period

1952Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom

1672Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London

1991Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract

February 8th Historical Events
Date Event
421
Flavius Constantine becomes Co-Emperor as Emperor Constantius III of the Western Roman Empire with Honorius 
1526
Heavy storm strikes Dutch coast, many die 
1575
University Leiden founded, and given the motto "Praesidium Libertatis" 
1600
Vatican convicts scholar Giordano Bruno to death 
1601
Earl Robert Devereux of Essex armies draws into London 
1622
King James I disbands the English parliament 
1672
Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London 
1690
French & Indian troops set Schenectady settlement NY on fire 
1690
Lord Halifax resigns as Lord Privy Seal 
1693
William & Mary college is chartered in the Dominion and Colony of Virginia (2nd in North America) 
1726
The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia. 
1735
1st opera in US "Flora," opens in Charleston, SC 
1743
Comet C/1743 C1 approaches within 0.0390 AUs of Earth 
1744
French/Spanish fleet leaves Toulon 
1750
Minor earthquake in London 
1775
Leidse U 400th anniversary dinner 
1776
Wolfgang von Goethes' "Stella," premieres in Hamburg 
1802
Simon Willard patents banjo clock 
1807
Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious 
1809
Franz I of Austria declares war on France 
1837
1st VP chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren admin) 
1849
New Roman Republic established. 
1855
The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon. 
1861
Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Alabama (US Civil War) 
1862
Battle of Roanoke Island NC, Federals gain control of Pamlico Sound 
1862
Opera "Lily of Killarney," premieres in London 
1865
1st black major in US army, Martin Robinson Delany 
1867
The Ausgleich results in the establishment of the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary. 
1879
Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute. 
1883
Louis Waterman begins experiment to invent the fountain pen 
1887
Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minn became the 1st US ski club 
1887
Under the Dawes Act indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship 
1887
The Dawes Act authorized the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments. 
1889
Flood ravages Dutch coast 
1894
Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks 
1895
Tchaikovsky/Petipa's "Swan Lake," premieres in Petersburg 
1896
Georges Feydeaus' "Le Dindon," premieres in Paris 
1896
Western Conference forms of Midwestern U, later renamed Big 10 Conf 
1898
John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding & gumming mach (Mass) 
1905
Cyclone hit Tahiti & adjacent islands, killing some 10,000 people 
1906
Without warning, Japanese torpedo boats make a night attack on Russian ships near the naval base at Port Arthur, Manchuria; there is confusion because no deceleration of war was given 
1908
Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert Neth 
1909
France & Germany sign treaty about Morocco 
1910
The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce. 
1911
US helps overthrow Pres Miguel Devila of Honduras 
1912
1st eastbound US transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville, Fla 
1912
British Emissary journeys to Berlin to suggest that Britain might support German colonial aspirations in Africa if Germany agrees to hold her current naval strength 
1914
General Zamon becomes president of Haiti 
1915
D. W. Griffith's silent film "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA - first 12-reel film in America 
1916
French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374 
1916
NL votes down Charlie Ebbets proposal to limit 25 cent seats 
1918
"Stars & Stripes," weekly US armed forces newspaper, 1st published 
1920
Swiss men vote against women's suffrage 
1922
Radio arrives at the White House 
1923
Coal mine explosion at Dawson, New Mexico kills 120 
1923
German NSDAP Volkischer Beobachter newspaper becomes a daily 
1924
1st coast-to-coast radio hookup: Gen John Joseph Carty speech in Chic 
1925
Kaufman & Berlin's "cocoanuts," premieres in NYC 
1925
Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta 
1926
German Reichstag decides to apply for League of Nations membership 
1926
Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin 
1926
Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios 
1927
Belgian-Swiss treaty signed 
1928
1st transatlantic TV image received, Hartsdale, NY 
1928
Scottish inventor J Blaird demonstrates color-TV 
1929
KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions 
1930
"Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits #1 
1931
Gas explosion Fire in Fushun-coal mine, Manchuria kills 3,000 
1933
-23°F (-31°C), Seminole, Texas (state record) 
1933
1st flight of all-metal Boeing 247 
1934
Export-Import Bank organizes in Washington, DC 
1934
Gaston Doumergue forms new French government 
1935
1st NFL draft; Jay Berwanger of U Chicago is 1st pick (by Eagles) He never plays in NFL 
1936
1st NFL draft, Eagles select Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger 
1936
1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minn 
1936
1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers 
1936
Pandit Jawaharlal follows Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party 
1937
Maxwell Anderson's "Masque of Kings," premieres in NYC 
1940
Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show," premieres in NYC 
1940
Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland 
1941
NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio 
1942
Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore (WWII) 
1942
Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes," premieres in Los Angeles 
1942
Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort 
1943
Red Army recaptures Kursk 
1944
1st black reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin 
1944
U-762 sunk off Ireland 
1945
Allied air attack on Goch/Kleef/Kalkar/Reichswald 
1945
Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach 
1946
Béla Bartók's 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia, PA, US 
1946
Premier Salazar of Portugal forbids opposition parties 
1947
Jan van der Hoorn wins 8th Dutch 11-cities skating race (10:51) 
1947
KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St Louis, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1948
5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland 
1949
Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison 
1952
"RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day," debuts on NBC TV 
1952
Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom 
1953
Betty Jameson wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open 
1953
WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins 
1955
Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him 
1955
The Government of Sindh abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants. 
1956
Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die 
1957
SF Public Library's bookmobile initiated in front of City Hall 
1958
Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia 
1958
French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die 
1958
KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1960
Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51) 
1960
Congress opens hearings looking into payola 
1960
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor". 
1962
KACB TV channel 3 in San Angelo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1962
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1963
1st transmission of Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) 
1963
AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs 
1963
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1964
Peter Shaffer's "Royal Hunt of the Sun," premieres in London 
1964
Rep Martha Griffiths address gets civil rights protection for women being added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act 
1965
Eastern DC-7B crashes into Atlantic off Jones Beach NJ, kills 84 
1965
Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love" 
1967
Longest losing streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (10 games) 
1967
Peter (Asher) & Gordon (Waller) discontinue their singing partnership 
1967
Pirate Radio UKGM (England) closes down 
1967
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1968
Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in SC State (Orangeburg) 
1969
Last edition of Saturday Evening Post 
1969
Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, Mexico 
1971
Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ 
1971
South Vietnamese troops invade Laos 
1971
The Nasdaq stock market index debuts. 
1972
Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame 
1973
Jean Kerrs "Finishing Touches," premieres in NYC 
1973
Mushtaq & Asif Iqbal make 350 stand for 4th wicket v NZ 
1973
Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal 
1974
"Good Times," debuts on CBS TV 
1974
Ringo releases "You're 16" 
1974
Skylab 4's astronauts land 
1974
Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run 
1975
1800 Unification church couples' wed in Korea 
1975
Caps only got one shot in a period against Islanders 
1976
Hua Guofeng becomes premier of China PR 
1976
Jan Stephens wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Naples Golf Classic 
1976
Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130) 
1976
"Taxi Driver", starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released 
1977
Earthquake in SF, at 5.0, strongest since 1966 
1977
Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges 
1978
Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes PM of Kuwait 
1978
Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time. 
1979
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1979
Denis Sassou-Nguesso became the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time. 
1981
"5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 12 perfs 
1981
"Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances 
1981
Sally Little wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic 
1981
US female Figure Skating championship won by Elaine Zayak 
1981
US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton 
1982
Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to A's breaking up the longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey) 
1983
35th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-3 at NY Islander 
1983
Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino 
1983
Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days 
1983
Tina Howe's "Painting Churches," premieres in NYC 
1983
Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period 
1983
Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance 
1984
14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 
1984
1st time 8 people in space 
1984
A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation 
1984
Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7 
1985
1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados 
1985
Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot 
1985
Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75) 
1985
Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea 
1986
5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition 
1986
US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano 
1986
1984 Summer Olympics head of the LAPD bomb squad, Arleigh McCree, and his partner Officer Ronald Ball of the Firearms and explosives unit were killed while trying to dismantle two pipe bombs when they responded to a call. McCree was recognized as one of the top explosive experts in the world. 
1986
The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong 
1987
37th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 154-149 (OT) at Seattle 
1987
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic 
1988
NASA launches DOD-2 
1989
5 cm of snow falls in outskirts of Los Angeles 
1989
Jockey Chris Antley begins record of 64 consecutive winning days 
1989
US Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die 
1990
David Hares "Racing Demon," premieres in London 
1990
"60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine 
1991
Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract 
1992
"I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at #1 
1992
16th Winter Olympic games opens in Albertville, France 
1992
Ulysses spacecraft passes Jupiter 
1993
Suchoi-24 crashes into Tupolev passenger flight, 134 die 
1993
GM sues NBC, alleging that "Dateline NBC" program had rigged 2 car-truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fires 
1994
Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car 
1994
Kapil Dev sets world record for Test Cricket wickets with 432 
1994
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm 
1995
6.4 earthquake at Trujillo, Colombia (46+ killed) 
1996
NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Balt but he had to leave the Browns' name behind 
1996
The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act. 
1996
The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place. 
1998
1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0 
1998
48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC 
1998
NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics 
2002
XIX Winter Olympics opens in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 
2004
46th Grammy Awards: Clocks, Evanescence wins 
2004
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-52 
2005
Israel and Palestinians agree to cease-fire. 
2006
48th Grammy Awards: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, John Legend wins 
2008
Nebraska bans electric chair as sole execution method. 
2009
51st Grammy Awards: Please Read The Letter, Adele wins 
2009
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 30-21 
2013
16 people are killed and 27 are wounded by a market bombing in Kalaya, Pakistan 
2013
100, 000 people march to demand justice for the atrocities of the Bangladesh Liberation War in Dhaka 
2013
29 people are killed and 69 are injured in a series of Iraq bombings 
2013
A massive blizzard begins in the US and Canada that resulted in 15 deaths, 5,300 cancelled flights, and loss of power for 900,000 people 
2014
15 people are killed & 130 injured in a hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia 
2014
17 people are killed after a truck & bus collide in Mendoza, Argentina 
2014
Ole Einar Bjørndalen equals the Winter Olympics medal record with 12 
2016
Haiti's President steps down, leaving no successor 
2016
Chicago cop who killed Quintonio LeGrier sues teen's estate for $10 million 
2017
Triple-murder suspect kills self after motel standoff in Georgia 
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