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  • In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed on suspicion of plotting against Queen Elizabeth I.
  • In 1693, the College of William & Mary, the second-oldest institution of higher learning in America, was granted a charter in Virginia.
  • In 1837, Richard Johnson became the first vice president chosen by the U.S. Senate upon the resignation of John C. Calhoun.
  • In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated by William D. Boyce.
  • In 1922, President Warren G. Harding brought the first radio set to the White House.
  • In 1924, the gas chamber was first used as an execution device in Nevada.
  • In 1971, the NASDAQ stock market index opened for the first time.
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