Antelope Valley Press



Today is Thursday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2024. There are 327 days left in the year.


On Feb. 8, 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.

1693 — A charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsbu­rg in the Virginia Colony.

1910 — The Boy Scouts of America was incorporat­ed.

1924 — The first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City as Gee Jon, a Chinese immigrant convicted of murder, was put to death.

1952 — Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed her accession to the British throne following the death of her father, King George VI.

1960 — Work began on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles.

1965 — Eastern Air Lines Flight 663, a DC-7, crashed shortly after takeoff from New York’s John F. Kennedy Internatio­nal Airport; all 84 people on board were killed.

1968 — Three Black students were killed in a confrontat­ion between demonstrat­ors and highway patrolmen at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in the wake of protests over a whites-only bowling alley.

2007 — Model, actor and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith died in Hollywood, Fla., at age 39 of an accidental drug overdose.

2020 — The US Embassy in Beijing said a 60-year-old US citizen who had been diagnosed with the Coronaviru­s had died on Feb. 5 in Wuhan; it was apparently the first American fatality from the virus.

2022 — “The Power of the Dog” topped the 2022 Oscar nomination­s with 10. (It would go on to win just one, best director for Jane Campion.)


Composer-conductor John Williams is 92. Broadcast journalist Ted Koppel is 84. Actor Nick Nolte is 83. Comedian Robert Klein is 82. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 81. Singer Ron Tyson is 76. Actor Brooke Adams is 75. Actor Mary Steenburge­n is 71. Author John Grisham is 69. Retired NBA All-Star and College Basketball Hall of Famer Marques Johnson is 68. Actor Henry Czerny is 65. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 63. Former Environmen­tal Protection Agency administra­tor Lisa P. Jackson is 62. Movie producer Toby Emmerich is 61. Actor Missy Yager is 56. Actor Mary McCormack is 55. Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning is 54. Actor Susan Misner is 53. Dance musician Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) is 50. Actor Seth Green is 50. Actor Joshua Morrow is 50. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 47. Actor William Jackson Harper is 44. Actor Jim Parrack is 43. Folk singer-musician Joey Ryan (Milk Carton Kids) is 42. Actor-comedian Cecily Strong is 40. Rock musician Jeremy Davis is 39. Hip-hop artist Anderson. Paak is 38. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 36. NBA star Klay Thompson is 34. Profession­al surfer Bethany Hamilton is 34. Actor Karle Warren is 32.

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