Today in History: February 8

Today in History: February 8

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1587

Mary, Queen of Scots is beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle for her alleged part in the conspiracy to usurp Elizabeth I.

1807

At Eylau, Napoleon's Marshal Pierre Agureau attacks Russian forces in a heavy snowstorm.

1861

Delegates from seceded states adopt a provisional Confederate Constitution.

1862

Union troops under Gen. Ambrose Burnside defeat a Confederate defense force at the Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C.

1865

Confederate raider William Quantrill and men attack a group of Federal wagons at New Market, Kentucky.

1887

Congress passes the Dawes Act, which gives citizenship to Indians living apart from their tribe.

1900

British General Buller is beaten at Ladysmith, South Africa as the British flee over the Tugela River.

1904

In a surprise attack at Port Arthur, Korea, the Japanese disable seven Russian warships.

1910

The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated.

1924

The gas chamber is used for the first time to execute a murderer.

1942

The Japanese land on Singapore.

1943

British General Orde Wingate leads a guerrilla force of "Chindits" against the Japanese in Burma.

1952

Elizabeth becomes Queen of England after her father, King George VI, dies.

1962

The U.S. Defense Department reports the creation of the Military Assistance Command in South Vietnam.

1965

South Vietnamese bomb the North Vietnamese communications center at Vinh Linh.

1971

South Vietnamese ground forces, backed by American air power, begin Operation Lam Son 719, a 17,000 man incursion into Laos that ends three weeks later in a disaster.

1990

CBS television temporarily suspends Andy Rooney for his anti-gay and ant-black remarks in a magazine interview.