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

1917 – Mata Hari, the archetype of the seductive female spy, is executed for espionage (More info)

1951 – 'I Love Lucy,' starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, makes its television debut (More info)

1965 – In a demonstration staged by the student-run National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam, the first public burning of a draft card in the United States takes place (More info)

1989 – Wayne Gretzky becomes the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL (More info)

1991 – After a bitter confirmation hearing, the Senate votes 52 to 48 to confirm Clarence Thomas to the US Supreme Court (More info)