Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1587 – Mary Queen of Scots is executed on suspicion of having been involved in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (More info)

1915 – D.W. Griffith’s controversial film ‘The Birth of a Nation’ premieres in Los Angeles (More info)

1960 – The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame (More info)

1971 – The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time (More info)

1996 – Congress passes the Communications Decency Act in an effort to regulate pornographic material on the internet (More info)