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2/8/2019 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - February 8

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Today in History in 1915 D.W. Griffith’s silent film “Birth of a Nation” opened in L.A.; and in 1960 Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants would take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor."

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1672 - Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
  • 1807 - Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious
  • 1915 - D. W. Griffith's silent film "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA - first 12-reel film in America
  • 1952 - Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
  • 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".
  • 1971 - The Nasdaq stock market index debuts.
  • 2013 - 100, 000 people march to demand justice for the atrocities of the Bangladesh Liberation War in Dhaka

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1820 - William Tecumseh Sherman, Major General (Union Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1828 - Jules Verne, France, pioneered sci-fi (From the Earth to the Moon)
  • 1886 - Charlie Ruggles, actor (Ruggles, Aesop-Bullwinkle Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1920 - Lana Turner, Wallace Idaho, actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest)
  • 1925 - Jack Lemmon, actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1931 - James Dean, Marion IN, stage/film actor (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause)
  • 1941 - Nick Nolte, Omaha, Nebraska, American actor (The Thin Red Line, 48 Hrs)
  • 1948 - Dan Seals, McCamey Texas, country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me)
  • 1955 - John Grisham, writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief)
  • 1968 - Gary Coleman, Zion, llinois, American actor (Diff'rent Strokes)

Famous Weddings

  • 1985 - Director Martin Scorsese (42) weds producer Barbara De Fina (35)
  • 2001 - MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 - Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1725 - Peter 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
  • 1935 - Max Liebermann, Ger impressionist painter/graphic artist, dies at 87
  • 1956 - Connie Mack, baseball manager (Phila A's, 1901-50), dies at 93
  • 1985 - William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, Jaguar, dies at 84
  • 1990 - Del Shannon, rock vocalist (Runaway), shoots self at 50
  • 2007 - Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture dies suddenly at 39

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