Saturday, Feb. 8, is the 39th day of 2014. There are 326 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 82. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 74. Actor Nick Nolte is 73. Comedian Robert Klein is 72. Actress Brooke Adams is 65. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 61. Author John Grisham is 59. Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning is 44.
In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
In 1862, the Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C, ended in victory for Union forces led by General Ambrose E. Burnside.
In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War, a conflict over control of Manchuria and Korea, began as Japanese forces attacked Port Arthur.
In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed her accession to the British throne following the death of her father, King George VI.
In 1974, the last three-man crew of the Skylab space station, consisting of Jerry Carr, Bill Pogue and Edward Gibson, returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space.
In 2013, a massive storm packing hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions began sweeping through the Northeast, dumping nearly 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to more than a half a million people.