Today is Saturday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2014. There are 326 days left in the year.
On Feb. 8, 1974, the last three-man crew of the Skylab space station, consisting of Jerry Carr, Bill Pogue and Edward Gibson, returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space. (Skylab remained in orbit another five years before plunging to its destruction in 1979.)
On this date:
In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C, ended in victory for Union forces led by Gen. Ambrose Burnside.
In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
In 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces invaded Singapore, which fell a week later.