Friday, Feb. 8 is the 39th day of 2013. There are 326 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 81. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 73. Actor Nick Nolte is 72. Comedian Robert Klein is 71. Author John Grisham is 58. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 52.
In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
In 1968, three college students were killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley.
In 1971, NASDAQ, the world’s first electronic stock exchange, held its first trading day.
In 1973, Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal.
In 1989, 144 people were killed when a Boeing 707 slammed into a mountain in the Azores.
In 2012, Washington state lawmakers voted to approve same-sex marriage.