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February 8th - Happy Birthday John Williams & Seth Green


Today is Wednesday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2012. There are 327 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
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.

On this date:

In 1693, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. is granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II.
In 1802, Simon Willard patented the banjo clock.
In 1807, Battle of Eylau, Napoleon defeats Russians under General Benigssen.
In 1817, Las Heras crosses the Andes with an army to join San Martín and liberate Chile from Spain.
In 1837, Richard Johnson becomes the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate.
In 1855, The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.
In 1856, Barbu Dimitrie Ştirbei abolishes slavery in Wallachia.
In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C, ended in victory for Union forces led by Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside.
In 1865, In the United States, Delaware voters reject the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and vote to continue the practice of slavery. (Delaware finally ratifies the amendment on February 12, 1901.)
In 1879, Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
In 1879, The England cricket team led by Lord Harris is attacked during a riot during a match in Sydney.
In 1885, The first government-approved Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii.
In 1887, The Dawes Act authorizes the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.
In 1887, The Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minn., became the first ski club in the United States.
In 1904, Battle of Port Arthur: A surprise torpedo attack by the Japanese at Port Arthur, China starts the Russo-Japanese War.
In 1910, The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.
In 1915, D.W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles.
In 1918, The Stars and Stripes, the weekly newspaper of the American Expeditionary Forces, was published for the first time.
In 1922, President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House.
In 1924, Capital punishment: The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.
In 1924, John Joseph Carty of the Bell Telephone System spoke in Chicago. His speech was carried across the nation on the first coast-to-coast radio hookup. An estimated 50-million people heard the speech.
In 1936, The first National Football League draft was held. Jay Berwanger was the first to be selected. He went to the Philadelphia Eagles.
In 1942, World War II: Japan invades Singapore.
In 1945, World War II: The United Kingdom and Canada commence Operation Veritable to occupy the west bank of the Rhine.
In 1948, The formal creation of the Korean People's Army of North Korea is announced.
In 1949, Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary is sentenced for treason.
In 1950, The Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, is established.
In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed her accession to the British throne following the death of her father, King George VI.
In 1960, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issues an Order-in-Council, stating she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor."
In 1960, The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1960, U.S. Congressional investigators began exploring the influence of payola in the radio and record industries. Alan Freed and American Bandstand host Dick Clark, among others, were called to testify.
In 1962, Charonne massacre. Nine trade unionists are killed by French police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Paris Prefecture of Police.
In 1963, Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
In 1963, The regime of Prime Minister of Iraq, Brigadier General Abdul-Karim Qassem is overthrown by the Ba'ath Party.
In 1963, Lamar Hunt, owner of the American Football League franchise in Dallas, moved the operation to Kansas City. He named the new team the Chiefs. Dallas got possession of an NFL franchise known as the Cowboys.
In 1965, After taking evasive maneuvers to avoid a mid-air collision immediately after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Eastern Air Lines Flight 663 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean and explodes, killing everyone aboard.
In 1968, American civil rights movement: The Orangeburg massacre: An attack on black students from South Carolina State University who are protesting racial segregation at the town's only bowling alley, leaves three or four dead in Orangeburg, S.C.
In 1969, The supergroup Blind Faith was formed, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood.
In 1969, The last issue of the Saturday Evening Post was published, ending a magazine tradition that began in 1821.
In 1971, the Bob Dylan film "Eat The Document" was shown at the New York Academy of Music. Dylan had wanted the documentary to appear on TV, but it didn't until 10 years later.
In 1971, The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.
In 1971, South Vietnamese ground troops launch an incursion into Laos to try to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and stop communist infiltration.
In 1973, Carly Simon received a gold record for the single "You're So Vain."
In 1974, After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth.
In 1978, Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
In 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 27 points while leading his team to a 111-109 victory over the Boston Celtics. Abdul-Jabbar passed Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA career record of 12,682 field goals on this night.
In 1984, The Winter Olympics opened in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina). Some 1,579 athletes from 50 nations participated. The Olympic facilities have since been all but destroyed by the war in Bosnia.
In 1985, The Dukes of Hazzard ended its 6 1/2 year run on CBS television. The series was credited with using more stunt men than any other TV series in history. The show had used as many as eight cars per episode when the crash sequences got complicated. Waylon Jennings did the theme song, The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys).
In 1986, Billy Olson broke an indoor pole vault record for the seventh time in four months. He vaulted 19 feet, 5 1/2 inches.
In 1987, The West beat the East in the NBA All-Star Game. A record was set for total points scored. The West won 154-149 in overtime.
In 1989, An Independent Air Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain in the Azores, killing 144.
In 1990, Singer Del Shannon (Charles Westover) shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber rifle at his home in Santa Clarita, Calif. He was 50. Shannon’s first and biggest hit was "Runaway," which hit number one in the U.S. April 24, In 1961. His other top-20 singles included "Hats Off to Larry," "Little Town Flirt" and "Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun)."
In 1990, CBS News suspended "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney for racial remarks he allegedly made about blacks in the gay magazine "The Advocate." Rooney denied the quotes.
In 1992, The XVIth Winter Olympic Games opened in Albertville, France. The games ran through Feb 23 and included 64 countries with 1801 athletes, 488 of whom were women.
In 1992, The single by Right Said Fred "I’m Too Sexy," was #1 in the U.S. It was a smash, staying at number one for three weeks, then dropping to number two for three more.
In 1993, General Motors sues NBC after Dateline NBC allegedly rigs two crashes intended to demonstrate some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settles the lawsuit the next day.
In 1996, The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
In 1996, The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place.
In 1996, An agreement was reached between the city of Cleveland, the NFL and Art Modell, permitting Modell to move his football franchise, the Cleveland Browns, to Baltimore. As part of the agreement, the name Browns, its team colors, and storied history would remain in the proud city of Cleveland.
In 2001, Disney California Adventure Park opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.
In 2006, Sly and the Family Stone reunited for a performance at the Grammys. Stone had not performed live in 19 years.
In 2009, singer Chris Brown was arrested and accused of beating up singer Rihanna. He later pleaded guilty to felony assault.

Ten years ago: The Winter Olympics opened in Salt Lake City with an emotional tribute to America's heroes, from the pioneers of the West to past Olympic champions to the thousands who'd perished on Sept. 11. The Taliban's foreign minister (Mullah Abdul Wakil Muttawakil) turned himself in to authorities in Afghanistan. William T. Dillard Sr., founder of one of the nation's largest retail chains, died in Little Rock, Ark., at age 87.

Five years ago: Model, actress and tabloid sensation Anna Nicole Smith died in Florida at age 39 of an accidental drug overdose. A federal judge in Fargo, N.D., sentenced Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. to death for the slaying of college student Dru Sjodin. Rival Palestinian leaders signed an agreement on a power-sharing government at Saudi-brokered talks in Mecca.

One year ago: Wael Ghonim, a Google executive who'd helped ignite Egypt's uprising, appeared before protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square for the first time after being released from detention; he told them, "We won't give up."

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Today's Birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 80. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 72. Actor Nick Nolte is 71. Comedian Robert Klein is 70. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 69. Singer Ron Tyson is 64. Actress Brooke Adams is 63. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 59. Author John Grisham is 57. Actor Henry Czerny is 53. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 51. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (The BoDeans) is 51. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 50. Actress Mary McCormack is 43. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 43. Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning is 42. Actor Seth Green is 38. Actor Josh Morrow is 38. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 35. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 27. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 24. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 24. Actress Karle Warren ("Judging Amy") is 20.

Other notable birthdays, Feb. 8:
1933, Jack Larson, American actor
1936, Larry Verne, American singer
1937, Manfred Krug, German actor
1941, Tom Rush, American singer and songwriter
1950, Cristina Ferrare, American former supermodel and actress
1955, Nancy Oliver, American playwright and television writer
1956, Marques Johnson, American basketball player
1956, Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock's Beard)
1960, Benigno Aquino III, Philippine President
1960, Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian ice hockey player
1960, Stuart Hamm, American bassist (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai)
1961, Bruce Timm, TV Producer (DC Animated Universe)
1970, John Filan, Australian footballer
1972, Paul Wight, American professional wrestler
1973, Keith McDonald, American baseball player
1974, Kimbo Slice, American mixed martial artist
1976, Adam Piatt, American baseball player
1976, Abi Titmuss, English glamour model
1979, Aaron Cook, American baseball player
1982, Danny Tamberelli, American actor
1988, Ryan Pinkston, American actor
1989, Dani Harmer, English actress
1989, JaJuan Johnson, American basketball player
1989, Courtney Vandersloot, American basketball player
1990, Bethany Hamilton, American surfer and shark attack survivor
1994, Nikki Yanofsky, Canadian artist and singer

Born on this day, Feb. 8, passed away:
1612, Samuel Butler, English poet (d. 1680)
1820, William Tecumseh Sherman, American Union general (d. 1891)
1828, Jules Verne, French author (d. 1905)
1886, Charles Ruggles, American actor (d. 1970)
1888, Dame Edith Evans, British actress (d. 1976)
1894, King Vidor, American film director (d. 1982)
1903, Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress (d. 1977)
1913, Betty Field, American actress (d. 1973)
1921, Lana Turner, American actress (d. 1995)
1922, Audrey Meadows, American actress (d. 1996)
1925, Jack Lemmon, American actor and film director (d. 2001)
1926, Neal Cassady, American writer (d. 1968)
1930, Alejandro Rey, Argentine actor (d. 1987)
1931, James Dean, American actor (d. 1955)
1932, Cliff Allison, British racing driver (d. 2005)
1937, Joe Raposo, American composer (d. 1989)
1939, Ken Iman, American football player (d. 2010)
1942, Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (d. 2004)
1948, Dan Seals, American singer (d. 2009)
1968, Gary Coleman, American actor (d. 2010)

Notable deaths, Feb. 8:
1587, Mary, Queen of Scots (b. 1542)
1725, Tsar Peter I of Russia (b. 1672)
1936, Charles Curtis, 1st American-Indian Vice-President of the USA (b. 1860)
1956, Connie Mack, American baseball manager and executive (b. 1862)
1963, George Dolenz, American actor, father of Micky Dolenz (b. 1908)
1987, Harriet E. MacGibbon, American actress (b. 1905)
1990, Del Shannon, American entertainer (suicide) (b. 1934)
1992, Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist (b. 1924)
1996, Del Ennis, American baseball player (b. 1925)
2000, Derrick Thomas, American football player (b. 1967)
2005, Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
2005, Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (b. 1948)
2007, Anna Nicole Smith, American model, actress, and entertainer (b. 1967)
2010, John Murtha, American politician (b. 1932)
2011, Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (b. 1909)

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Today is Friday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2013. There are 326 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 8, 1973, Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal, including its chairman, Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C.

One year ago: Washington state lawmakers voted to approve same-sex marriage. Kyle Dyer, an anchor for Denver station KUSA-TV, was seriously injured when she was bitten in the face by an 85-pound Argentine mastiff while conducting a live studio interview on the dog's rescue from an icy pond.

Today's Birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 81. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 73. Actor Nick Nolte is 72. Comedian Robert Klein is 71. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 70. Singer Ron Tyson is 65. Actress Brooke Adams is 64. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 60. Author John Grisham is 58. Actor Henry Czerny is 54. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 52. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (YAH'-nus) (The BoDeans) is 52. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 51. Actress Mary McCormack is 44. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 44. Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning is 43. Actor Seth Green is 39. Actor Josh Morrow is 39. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 36. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 28. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 25. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 25. Actress Karle Warren ("Judging Amy") is 21.

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2014. There are 326 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 8, 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. (Skylab remained in orbit another five years before plunging to its destruction in 1979.)

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush denied marching America into war against Iraq under false pretenses and said in a taped interview broadcast on NBC's "Meet the Press" the [sign in to see URL] invasion was necessary because Saddam Hussein could have developed a nuclear weapon. The National Football Conference won the Pro Bowl, defeating the American Conference 55-52. In the National Hockey League All-Star Game, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference, 6-4. At the Grammy Awards, rap funksters OutKast won album of the year for "Speakerboxxx-The Love Below" and Beyonce (bee-AHN'-say) took home a record-tying five trophies.

Five years ago: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won five Grammys, including album of the year, for "Raising Sand." R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of making a criminal threat (he was later sentenced to five years of probation for beating his longtime girlfriend, singer Rihanna). The NFC rallied to a 30-21 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

One year ago: 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 customers.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Jack Larson (TV: "Adventures of Superman") is 86. Composer-conductor John Williams is 82. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 74. Actor Nick Nolte is 73. Comedian Robert Klein is 72. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 71. Singer Ron Tyson is 66. Actress Brooke Adams is 65. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 61. Author John Grisham is 59. Actor Henry Czerny is 55. The president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, is 54. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 53. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (YAH'-nus) (The BoDeans) is 53. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 52. Actress Mary McCormack is 45. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 45. Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning is 44. Dance musician Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) is 40. Actor Seth Green is 40. Actor Josh Morrow is 40. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 37. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 29. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 26. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 26. Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is 24. Actress Karle Warren is 22.

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2015. There are 326 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 8, 1915, D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking as well as controversial silent movie epic about the Civil War, "The Birth of a Nation," premiered in Los Angeles.

Ten years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (ah-ree-EL' shah-ROHN') and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') announced a cease-fire at a summit in Egypt. An earlier-than-usual Mardi Gras festival opened in New Orleans with sparse crowds. Longtime CBS newsman George Herman died in Washington, D.C. at age 85. Doobie Brothers drummer Keith Knudsen died in Kentfield, Calif., at age 56.

Five years ago: Endeavour and six astronauts rocketed into orbit, hauling a new room and observation deck for the International Space Station. Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop superstar in Los Angeles Superior Court. (Murray was convicted in 2011 and served two years in jail.) The Nielsen Co. estimated that 106.5 million people watched the New Orleans Saints upset the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl, beating the 1983 "M*A*S*H" finale, which had [sign in to see URL] million viewers. U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., died at a hospital in Arlington, Va., at age 77.

One year ago: In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that same-sex spouses could not be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and were entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages. On the first day of medal competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Sven Kramer of the Netherlands led a clean sweep by the Dutch in the men's 5,000-meter speed skating while in slopestyle's Olympic debut, U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the games.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Jack Larson (TV: "Adventures of Superman") is 87. Composer-conductor John Williams is 83. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 75. Actor Nick Nolte is 74. Comedian Robert Klein is 73. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 72. Singer Ron Tyson is 67. Actress Brooke Adams is 66. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 62. Author John Grisham is 60. Retired NBA All-Star and College Basketball Hall of Famer Marques Johnson is 59. Actor Henry Czerny is 56. The president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, is 55. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 54. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (YAH'-nus) (The BoDeans) is 54. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 53. Movie producer Toby Emmerich is 52. Actress Mary McCormack is 46. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 46. Retired NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning is 45. Dance musician Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) is 41. Actor Seth Green is 41. Actor Josh Morrow is 41. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 38. Actor Jim Parrack is 34. Folk singer-musician Joey Ryan (Milk Carton Kids) is 33. Actress-comedian Cecily Strong is 31. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 30. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 27. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 27. Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is 25. Actress Karle Warren is 23.

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Today is Monday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2016. There are 327 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Monkey.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 8, 1966, during the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson and South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky (nuh-WEN' kow ky) concluded their meetings in Hawaii by issuing the "Declaration of Honolulu," which asserted the resolve of their countries to defeat the Communists.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush condemned deadly rioting sparked by cartoons of the prophet Muhammad as he urged foreign leaders to halt the spreading violence. U2 captured five Grammy awards for their album "How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb," including album of the year.

Five years ago: Wael Ghonim (WY'-uhl goh-NEEM'), a 30-year-old Google executive who'd helped ignite Egypt's uprising, appeared before protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square for the first time after being released from detention; he told them, "We won't give up."

One year ago: A riot erupted outside a major soccer stadium in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 19 people. At the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Sam Smith won best new artist, record of the year, song of the year for "Stay with Me" and best pop vocal album; Beck won album of the year for "Morning Phase."

Today's Birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 84. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 76. Actor Nick Nolte is 75. Comedian Robert Klein is 74. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 73. Singer Ron Tyson is 68. Actress Brooke Adams is 67. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 63. Author John Grisham is 61. Retired NBA All-Star and College Basketball Hall of Famer Marques Johnson is 60. Actor Henry Czerny is 57. The president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, is 56. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 55. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (YAH'-nus) (The BoDeans) is 55. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 54. Movie producer Toby Emmerich is 53. Actress Mary McCormack is 47. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 47. Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning is 46. Dance musician Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) is 42. Actor Seth Green is 42. Actor Josh Morrow is 42. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 39. Actor Jim Parrack is 35. Folk singer-musician Joey Ryan (Milk Carton Kids) is 34. Actress-comedian Cecily Strong is 32. Rock musician Jeremy Davis is 31. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 28. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 28. Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is 26. Actress Karle Warren is 24.

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2017. There are 326 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 8, 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces began invading Singapore, which fell a week later.

Ten years ago: Model, actress and tabloid sensation Anna Nicole Smith died in Hollywood, Florida, at age 39 of an accidental drug overdose. A federal judge in Fargo, North Dakota, sentenced Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. to death for the slaying of college student Dru Sjodin (droo shoh-DEEN'). (Rodriguez remains in prison as his case is appealed.) Rival Palestinian leaders signed an agreement on a power-sharing government at Saudi-brokered talks in Mecca.

Five years ago: Washington state lawmakers voted to approve same-sex marriage. Kyle Dyer, an anchor for Denver station KUSA-TV, was seriously injured when she was bitten in the face by an 85-pound Argentine mastiff while conducting a live studio interview on the dog's rescue from an icy pond.

One year ago: President Barack Obama asked Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika (ZEE'-kuh) virus and the mosquitoes that were spreading it in the United States and abroad, but said "there shouldn't be a panic on this." Villanova was No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll for the first time. (The 20-3 Wildcats made the jump from third following then-No. 1 Oklahoma's loss to Kansas State and then-No. 2 North Carolina's losses to Louisville and Notre Dame.)

Today's Birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 85. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 77. Actor Nick Nolte is 76. Comedian Robert Klein is 75. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 74. Singer Ron Tyson is 69. Actress Brooke Adams is 68. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 64. Author John Grisham is 62. Retired NBA All-Star and College Basketball Hall of Famer Marques Johnson is 61. Actor Henry Czerny is 58. The former president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, is 57. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 56. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (YAH'-nus) (The BoDeans) is 56. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 55. Movie producer Toby Emmerich is 54. Actress Missy Yager (Film: "Manchester by the Sea") is 49. Actress Mary McCormack is 48. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 48. Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning is 47. Dance musician Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) is 43. Actor Seth Green is 43. Actor Josh Morrow is 43. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 40. Actor William Jackson Harper (TV: "The Good Place") is 37. Actor Jim Parrack is 36. Folk singer-musician Joey Ryan (Milk Carton Kids) is 35. Actress-comedian Cecily Strong is 33. Rock musician Jeremy Davis is 32. Hip-hop artist [sign in to see URL] is 31. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 29. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 29. Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is 27. Actress Karle Warren is 25.

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2018. There are 326 days left in the year.



Today's Highlights in History:

On Feb. 8, 1968, three college 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. The science-fiction film "Planet of the Apes," starring Charlton Heston, had its world premiere in New York (it went into general release the following April.)

Ten years ago: Scotland Yard investigators concluded that Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto died on Dec. 27, 2007, as the result of a bomb blast, not a gunshot, a finding disputed by Bhutto supporters. A 23-year-old nursing student at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, shot and killed two other students and then herself. Novelist Phyllis A. Whitney died in Charlottesville, Va., at age 104.



Five years ago: 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 customers.



One year ago: The Senate confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, 52-47, despite fierce Democratic opposition to the Alabama Republican over his record on civil rights and immigration. Britain's House of Commons gave its final approval to a bill authorizing the government to start exit talks with the European Union, despite fears by opposition lawmakers that the U.K. was setting out on a rocky path to Brexit with a sketchy roadmap.



Today's Birthdays — Feb. 8: Composer-conductor John Williams is 86. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 78. Actor Nick Nolte is 77. Comedian Robert Klein is 76. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 75. Singer Ron Tyson is 70. Actress Brooke Adams is 69. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 65. Author John Grisham is 63. Retired NBA All-Star and College Basketball Hall of Famer Marques Johnson is 62. Actor Henry Czerny is 59. The former president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, is 58. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 57. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (YAH'-nus) (The BoDeans) is 57. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 56. Movie producer Toby Emmerich is 55. Actress Missy Yager is 50. Actress Mary McCormack is 49. Rock musician Keith Nelson is 49. Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning is 48. Dance musician Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) is 44. Actor Seth Green is 44. Actor Josh Morrow is 44. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 41. Actor William Jackson Harper is 38. Actor Jim Parrack is 37. Folk singer-musician Joey Ryan (Milk Carton Kids) is 36. Actress-comedian Cecily Strong is 34. Rock musician Jeremy Davis is 33. Hip-hop artist [sign in to see URL] is 32. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 30. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 30. Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is 28. Actress Karle Warren is 26.

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