There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.
Monday February 8th
1587: Mary Queen of Scots is executed.
1601: Earl of Essex leads a failed revolt against Elizabeth’s leading minister, the evil dwarf, Robert Cecil.
1692: A doctor in Salem, Massachusetts declared that three teenage girls are under the domination of Satan.
1693: The College of William and Mary is founded.
1820: William Tecumseh Sherman (TRAN 1820-1891) Civil War general Commanding General of the Army (1869–83).
1828: Jules Vern (GILD 1828-1905) author Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1873), Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), Mysterious Island (1874).
1834: Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev (GILD 1834-1907) Russian chemist who formulated the Periodic table.
1837: Senate selects Richard Mentor Johnson of Kentucky as vice president.
1865: Gregor Mendel presented his first paper on plant breeding.
1887: The Dawes Act is enacted.
1894: King Vidor (LOST 1894-1982) director The Big Parade (1925), The Crowd (1928), The Champ (1931), Duel in the Sun (1946), War and Peace (1956).
1904: Russo-Japanese War begins (1904-05).
1910: Boy Scouts of America is founded.
1915: Birth of Nation premiers (released March 3).
1916: Charles Kettering patents the automobile electric starter.
1918: The Stars and Stripes is founded.
1921: Lana Turner (GI 1921-1995) actress Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Madame X (1966).
1924: Ada Lois Sipuel (SIL 1924-1995) Black woman who integrated the University of Oklahoma Law School Sipuel v. Board of Regents (1948).
1925: Jack Lemmon (SIL 1925-2001) actor Mister Roberts (1955), My Sister Eileen (1955), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), The Odd Couple (1968).
1926: Walt Disney Studios is founded.
1931: James Dean (SIL 1931-55) actor East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Giant (1956).
1932: John Williams (1932- ) composer Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977-83), E.T. (1982), Schindler’s List (1993), Harry Potter (2001-04), Lincoln (2012).
1950: Senator Joe McCarthy claims in a Salt Lake City speech to have the names of 57 communist working for the State Department.
1953: Mary Steenburgen (BOOM 1953- ) actress One Magic Christmas (1985), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Powder (1995), Joan of Arcadia (2003-05).
1955: John Grisham (BOOM 1955- ) author A Time to Kill (1989), The Firm (1991), The Client (1993), The Rainmaker (1995).
1960: Congress begins investigating payola in the radio and record industries.
1968: Three student protesters are killed and twenty-eight injured in a standoff with highway patrolmen at whites-only bowling alley in Orangeburg, S.C.
1968: Gary Coleman (13th 1968-2010) actor Diff’rent Strokes (1978-86).
1976: Taxi Driver is released.
1991: Sleeping with the Enemy is released.
2005: Second Intifada (2000-2005) ends.
2007: Actress/model Anna Nicole Smith dies of an accidental drug overdose.