February 8, 1587 – Mary Queen of Scots beheaded

February 8, 1587 – Mary Queen of Scots beheaded

After 19 years of imprisonment, Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England for her complicity in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I.

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February 8, 1904 – The Russo-Japanese War begins

February 8, 1904 – The Russo-Japanese War begins

Following the Russian rejection of a Japanese plan to divide Manchuria and Korea into spheres of influence, Japan launches a surprise naval attack against Port Arthur, a Russian naval base in China.

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