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February 8
On This Day: February 8
James Dean
Born: February 8, 1931
Died: September 30, 1955
Age: 24 years old
Birthplace: Marion, IN, United States
Occupation: Film Actor

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426 years ago
Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded for treason against Queen Elizabeth I of England.
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148 years ago
Austrian monk Gregor Mendel presents his theories of heredity to the National Science Society of Brünn.
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53 years ago
Construction for the Hollywood Walk of Fame begins. The first honorees included Ronald Colman, Burt Lancaster and Joanne Woodward.
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37 years ago
Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver is released, starring Robert De Niro. The film is later nominated for four Academy Awards.
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Born On This Day
James Dean
Born: February 8, 1931
Died: September 30, 1955
Age: 24 years old
Birthplace: Marion, IN, United States
Occupation: Film Actor
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Ted Koppel
Born: February 8, 1940
Age: 73 years old
Birthplace: Nelson, Lancashire, England
Occupation: News Anchor, Journalist
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Gary Coleman
Born: February 8, 1968
Died: May 28, 2010
Age: 42 years old
Birthplace: Zion, IL, United States
Occupation: Television Actor, Reality Television Star
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Died On This Day
Anna Nicole Smith
Died: February 8, 2007
Age: 39 years old
Place: Hollywood, FL, United States
Occupation: Pin-up, Reality Television Star
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Queen Mary I
Died: February 8, 1587
Age: 44 years old
Place: Westminster Abbey, England
Occupation: Queen
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Peter the Great
Died: February 8, 1725
Age: 52 years old
Place: St. Petersburg, Russia
Occupation: Political Leader, Tsar
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Famous Black Artists >> On This Day: February 8
Browse full biographies-and view photo galleries and videos-of some of the world’s most admired black artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, Kara Walker, Simmie Knox and Jacob Lawrence.
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