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Calendar for February 8th, 2013

1690s

  • 1690: French and Indians attacked Schenectady, New York

  • 1720s

  • Died 1725: Peter I of Russia (Peter the Great)

  • 1800s

  • 1802: Simon Willard granted patent for the banjo clock

  • 1820s

  • Born 1825: Henry Walter Bates (naturalist)

  • Born 1828: Jules Verne (writer)

  • 1870s

  • 1879: Sandford Fleming proposed Universal Standard Time, Toronto, Ontario

  • 1890s

  • Born 1894: King Vidor (director of film)

  • 1910s

  • 1910: Boy Scouts of America incorporated

  • 1918: "Stars and Stripes" newspaper published for the first time

  • 1920s

  • 1922: President Harding had the first radio installed in the White House

  • Born 1925: Jack Lemmon (actor)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1931: James Dean (actor)

  • Born 1932: John Williams (composer)

  • 1936: Jay Berwanger became the first player to be drafted by the National Football League

  • 1940s

  • Born 1940: Ted Koppel (newscaster)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1953: Mary Steenburgen (actress)

  • Born 1955: John Grisham (author)

  • 1960s

  • 1963: JFK administration banned travel of U.S. citizens to Cuba

  • 1969: Last issue of Saturday Evening Post until the magazine's 1971 re-emergence

  • 1970s

  • Born 1974: Seth Green (actor)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1982: John Hay Whitney (multimillionaire)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1994: Raymond Scott (composer)

  • Born 1995: Jordan Todosey (actress)

  • 2000s

  • 2001: Disney's California Adventure Park opened

  • Died 2002: William Dillard, Sr. (founder of the retail chain Dillard's)

  • 2005: Ellen MacArthur set a new world record by sailing around the world in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds

  • Died 2007: Joe Edwards (cartoonist)


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