February 8th

2013
100, 000 people march to demand justice for the atrocities of the Bangladesh Liberation War in Dhaka.
2013 Shahbag protests
2010
Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop superstar in Los Angeles Superior Court. (Murray was convicted and sentenced to four years in jail.).
Conrad Murray
2007
Model and tabloid sensation Anna Nicole Smith died at age 39 of an accidental drug overdose.
List of Autopsy: The Last Hours of... episodes
1999
The Senate heard closing arguments in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
Dale Bumpers
1993
General Motors sued NBC, alleging that the program 'Dateline NBC' had rigged two crashes to show that GM pickups were prone to fires. (NBC settled the lawsuit the following day.).
1993
1980
President Jimmy Carter revealed his plan to reinstate selective service draft registration.
Carter Doctrine
1971
The NASDAQ holds its first trading day. The National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations was the world's first electronic stock exchange.
NASDAQ
1968
Three college students died in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley.
Orangeburg massacre
1960
The first 8 stars are added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. More than 2400 five-pointed stars have since been embedded in the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to honor stars of the entertainment industry.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
1952
Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
Proclamation of accession of Elizabeth II
1950
The Stasi, East Germany's notorious secret police, is established. The “Staatssicherheit”, which was dissolved in 1990, is considered one of the most repressive intelligence agencies in the world.
Stasi
1924
The gas chamber was used for the first time as a method of execution in the United States. Gangster Gee Jon was put to death at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.
Huey Long
1922
President Warren G. Harding had a radio installed in the White House.
Presidency of Warren G. Harding
1915
D. W. Griffith's silent film "The Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles - first 12-reel film in America.
The Birth of a Nation
1910
The Boy Souts of America is founded. 3 years earlier, British General Robert Baden-Powell had founded the Scout movement in England.
Boy Scouts of America
1904
The Russo-Japanese war began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China.
Battle of Port Arthur
1879
Sandford Fleming proposes the use of time zones. The later introduction of Universal Standard Time, which is based on time zones, revolutionized time keeping.
Sandford Fleming
1870
The National Weather Service was established under the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
National Weather Service
1837
The Senate selected Richard Mentor Johnson of Kentucky as vice president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
Richard Mentor Johnson
1807
Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious.
Battle of Eylau
1693
College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., received its charter, becoming the second institution of higher learning in the United States.
College of William & Mary
1672
Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London.
Isaac Newton
1587
Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded.
Mary, Queen of Scots