On February 8, 1587, Mary I of Scotland was
executed for involvement in a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I
of England. Before execution, Mary denied three times assisting the
Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, and crown Mary
as ruler of Great Britain. Mary's guilt or innocence is debated to
this day.Read about
Queen of Scots and the Babington Plot from the University
On February 8, 1924, Gee Jon, a Chinese man
convicted of murder, was executed by gas in Nevada and became the
first person in the United States to be put to death in that manner.
The Nevada state legislature had eliminated hanging and
shooting as a method of execution in 1921, and had provided for
execution by lethal gas instead. Nevada sent 32 convicts to the gas
chamber between 1924 and 1979. Learn more about the history of executions
by gas in Nevada.