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FEBRUARY 8

Sports Figures
1924 Joe Black (New Jersey-born African-American Major League Baseball Player) New Jersey Sports Figures Baseball African-Amrican Sports Figures African American Registry
1970 Alonzo Mourning (Virginia-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Alonzo Mourning NBA African-Amrican Sports Figures
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1956 Connie Mack (Massachusetts-born Manager: Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Massachusetts Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
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1862 Lincoln's Saturday Reception Is Canceled Due to Son, Willie, Critically Ill with Typhoid Fever Abraham Lincoln Typhoid Fever Lincoln Papers
1909 U.S. Congress Passes First U.S. Law Prohibiting Manufacture and Sale of Opium U.S. Congress Drugs and Substance Abuse Laws and Legal Resources Intellihealth
1936 Jay Berwanger 1st Pick in 1st NFL Draft, But Never Plays in NFL Iowa Sports Figures NFL College Football Hall of Fame Heisman Trophy Historic Firsts New York Times
1940 Pittsburgh Defeats Fordham 57-37 at Madison Square Garden in the First Televised Basketball Game Basketball Television Fordham University University of Pittsburgh
1958 The Daytona Beach International Speedway Corporation Is Organized Daytona Beach, Florida NASCSAR Official Website Florida Historical Society
1972 Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard Selected to Baseball's Hall of Fame Josh Gibson Baseball Hall of Fame Buck Leonard Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Vanderbilt
1980 21-year-old Mary Decker Sets World Indoor Record for the 1500M Run Mary Decker Slaney Track and Field Hall of Fame Female American Sports Figures Historic Firsts New York Times
1983 Wayne Gretsky Scores 4 Goals in Third Period of NHL All-Star Game Canadian Sports Figures The NHL
1986 5' 7" Spud Webb Wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition Basketball NBA University of Georgia
1995 6.4 Earthquake Strikes Trujillo, Colombia: 42 Die Colombia Earthquake Death USGS

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