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Notable Historical Events for February 8th

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

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

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

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

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

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

1977Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

1987Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

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

February 8th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on February 8th

1960Dino Ciccarelli, Sarnia Ontario, NHL right wing (Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals)

1955John Grisham, writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief)

1820William Tecumseh Sherman, Major General (Union Army), died in 1891

1920Lana Turner, Wallace Idaho, actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest)

1925Jack Lemmon, Boston Mass, actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing)

1894Billy Bishop [William Bishop], Owen Sound, Ontario, Canadian First World War flying ace

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Notable Weddings on February 8th

1985Director Martin Scorsese (42) weds producer Barbara De Fina (35)

2001MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos

February 8th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on February 8th

1956Connie Mack, baseball manager (Phila A's, 1901-50), dies at 93

1725Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], Tsar of Russia (1682-1725) dies of uremia at 52

1932[Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, mobster, killed by Dutch Schultz gang at 23

1985William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, dies at 84

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