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February 8th - This Day In History

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February 8, 1587

Mary, Queen of Scots was implicated in a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth.  Called the Babington Plot, after the main conspirator, Sir Anthony Babington, the goal of the plot was to let King Phillip II and the Spanish forces take over, and bring the Catholic religion back to prominence in the country of England. 

Mary Queen Of Scots Is Executed For Plotting Against Queen Elizabeth

Mary had been involved in several plots and events involving the ruling families in England, Scotland and France.  She returned to England and asked Queen Elizabeth for protection, but as Mary was also had a claim to the English throne, Queen Elizabeth had her arrested.  She was imprisoned for almost 19 years.  Mary was implicated in a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth, and still the Queen was reluctant to put her to death. 

However, there were laws saying that anyone involved in a assination plot against the ruler of England was to be put to death.  Mary, Queen of Scots was executed on February 8, 1857.

Richard Johnson Is Picked For Vice President Of The United States

February 8, 1837

In 1836, Richard Johnson was the vice president nominee on the Democratic ticket with Martin Van Buren as the presidential nominee.  In those days, the Electoral College cast votes for both president and vice president.  Martin Van Buren won the Presidential race.  But because of his personal life, the electors from the state of Virginia refused to cast their votes for him.  No one won the vote for vice president.  So, according to the Twelfth Amendment, the Senate voted for vice president, and Richard Johnson became the only vice president to be elected to the position of vice president on February 8, 1937.

February 8, 1865

Delaware rejects ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  The Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude.  The only exception was for punishment for a crime.  Only two thirds of the states needed to ratify the amendment for passage, and Georgia became the 27th state to ratify it on December 6, 1865.  The Thirteenth Amendment was declared adopted on December 18, 1965. 

Six more states ratified the amendment in the next several years.  Three states did not ratify the amendment until many years later.  Delaware rejected the amendment on February 8. 1865, but ratified it on February 12, 1901.  Kentucky ratified on March 18, 1976 and Mississippi was the last to ratify it on March 16, 1995.

2002 Winter Olympics Are In Salt Lake City, Utah

February 8, 2002

The 2002 Winter Olympic Games open in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, on February 8, 2002.  The country of Norway won the most Gold Medals, with the count of 13, while Germany won the most overall, with a count of 36.  This was the first Olympics in the United States that was opened by a president, although several games had been opened by people that would be president in the future.

One memorable event of the 2002 games, was the story of the Gold Medal of Australian short track speed skater Steven Bradbury.  During his semifinal round, he was behind, but three of his fellow racers crashed, giving him second and a spot in the finals.  In the finals, he was gain behind, and all four of the other racers crashed, giving Bradbury the Gold.



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