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Notable Historical Events for February 8th

1983Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period

1952Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom

1945Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach

1976"Taxi Driver", starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released

1960Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".

1926Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

1672Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London

1986The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

1977Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

1915D. W. Griffith's silent film "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA - first 12-reel film in America

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Notable Birthdays on February 8th

1955John Grisham, writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief)

1894Billy Bishop [William Bishop], Owen Sound, Ontario, Canadian First World War flying ace

1920Lana Turner, Wallace Idaho, actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest)

1820William Tecumseh Sherman, Major General (Union Army), died in 1891

1925Jack Lemmon, Boston Mass, actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing)

1960Dino Ciccarelli, Sarnia Ontario, NHL right wing (Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals)

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Notable Weddings on February 8th

2001MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos

1985Director Martin Scorsese (42) weds producer Barbara De Fina (35)

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Notable Deaths on February 8th

1932[Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, mobster, killed by Dutch Schultz gang at 23

1985William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, dies at 84

1956Connie Mack, baseball manager (Phila A's, 1901-50), dies at 93

1725Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], Tsar of Russia (1682-1725) dies of uremia at 52

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