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On This Day in History, February 8

What Happened On This Day – February 8

  • 1971 The NASDAQ holds its first trading day

    The National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations was the world's first electronic stock exchange.

  • 1960 The first 8 stars are added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    More than 2400 five-pointed stars have since been embedded in the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to honor stars of the entertainment industry.

  • 1950 The Stasi, East Germany's notorious secret police, is established

    The “Staatssicherheit”, which was dissolved in 1990, is considered one of the most repressive intelligence agencies in the world.

  • 1910 The Boy Souts of America is founded

    3 years earlier, British General Robert Baden-Powell had founded the Scout movement in England.

  • 1879 Sandford Fleming proposes the use of time zones

    The later introduction of Universal Standard Time, which is based on time zones, revolutionized time keeping.

Births On This Day – February 8

  • 1941 Nick Nolte

    American actor

  • 1932 John Williams

    American pianist, composer, conductor

  • 1931 James Dean

    American actor

  • 1925 Jack Lemmon

    American actor, singer, director

  • 1828 Jules Verne

    French author

Deaths On This Day – February 8

  • 2007 Ian Stevenson

    American biochemist

  • 2007 Anna Nicole Smith

    American model, actress

  • 1998 Enoch Powell

    British politician

  • 1957 John von Neumann

    Hungarian/American mathematician

  • 1587 Mary, Queen of Scots

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