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This Day In History: Feb. 8

Today is the 39th day of 2008 and the 49th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded. In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which drastically overhauled U.S. media regulations, into law. In 2005, Israel and Palestine announced a cease-fire.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), U.S. general; Jules Verne (1828-1905), writer; Lana Turner (1920-1995), actress; Jack Lemmon (1925-2001), actor; James Dean (1931-55), actor; Nick Nolte (1941- ), actor, is 67; John Grisham (1955- ), writer, is 53; Gary Coleman (1968 - ), actor, is 40.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1998, Finland beat Sweden 6-0 in the first women's Olympic ice hockey game.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "War is hell." - attributed to William Tecumseh Sherman

TODAY'S FACT: In 1971, Baskin-Robbins created "Jack Lemon Ice Cream" in honor of the actor.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 51 - number of years that artist Norman Rockwell illustrated the official Boy Scout calendar.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (February 6) and first quarter (February 13).

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