What happened on February 8? There are more than 280 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 8

February 8 In HistoryFebruary 8 is the 39th day of the year 2021. There are 326 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 6th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Richland Center, Wisconsin 53581 sunrise occured at 07:07 AM and sunset occured at 05:23 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 4 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For February 8

  • 421
    Constantius III becomes co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 1238
    The Mongols burn the Russian city of Vladimir.
  • 1250
    Seventh Crusade: Crusaders engage Ayyubid forces in the Battle of Al Mansurah.
  • 1575
    Universiteit Leiden is founded, and given the motto Praesidium Libertatis.
  • 1587
    Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
  • 1601
    Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, rebels against Queen Elizabeth I – the revolt is quickly crushed.
  • 1693
    The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II.
  • 1726
    The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia.
  • 1807
    Battle of Eylau – Napoleon defeats Russians under General Benigssen.
  • 1817
    Las Heras crosses the Andes with an army to join San Martín and liberate Chile from Spain.
  • 1837
    Richard Johnson becomes the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate.
  • 1855
    The Devil’s Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.
  • 1856
    Barbu Dimitrie Ştirbei abolishes slavery in Wallachia.
  • 1865
    In the United States, Delaware voters reject the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and vote to continue the practice of slavery. (Delaware finally ratifies the amendment on February 12, 1901.)
  • 1879
    Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
  • 1879
    The England cricket team led by Lord Harris is attacked during a riot during a match in Sydney.
  • 1887
    The Dawes Act authorizes the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.
  • 1902
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Tiger in Chinese astrology.
  • 1904
    Battle of Port Arthur: A surprise torpedo attack by the Japanese at Port Arthur, China starts the Russo-Japanese War.
  • 1910
    The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.
  • 1915
    D.W. Griffith’s controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles.
  • 1922
    President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House.
  • 1924
    Capital punishment: The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japan invades Singapore.
  • 1945
    World War II: The United Kingdom and Canada commence Operation Veritable to occupy the west bank of the Rhine.
  • 1946
    The first portion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the first serious challenge to the popularity of the Authorized King James Version, is published.
  • 1948
    The formal creation of the Korean People’s Army of North Korea is announced.
  • 1949
    Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary is sentenced for treason.
  • 1952
    Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.
  • 1955
    The Government of Sindh abolishes the Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants.
  • 1960
    Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issues an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name “Mountbatten-Windsor”.
  • 1960
    The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1962
    Charonne massacre. Nine trade unionists are killed by French police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Paris Prefecture of Police.
  • 1963
    The regime of Prime Minister of Iraq, Brigadier General Abdul-Karim Qassem is overthrown by the Ba'ath Party.
  • 1963
    Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • 1965
    After taking evasive maneuvers to avoid a mid-air collision immediately after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Eastern Air Lines Flight 663 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean and explodes, killing everyone aboard.
  • 1968
    American civil rights movement: The Orangeburg massacre: An attack on black students from South Carolina State University who are protesting racial segregation at the town’s only bowling alley, leaves three or four dead in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
  • 1969
    Allende meteorite falls near Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • 1971
    South Vietnamese ground troops launch an incursion into Laos to try to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and stop communist infiltration.
  • 1971
    The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.
  • 1974
    After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth.
  • 1974
    Military coup in Upper Volta.
  • 1978
    Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • 1979
    Denis Sassou-Nguesso becomes the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time.
  • 1981
    Twenty-one association football spectators are trampled to death at Karaiskakis Stadium in Neo Faliro, Greece, after a football match between Olympiacos F.C. and AEK Athens FC.
  • 1983
    The Melbourne dust storm hits Australia’s second largest city. The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, a 320 m deep dust cloud envelops the city, turning day to night.
  • 1989
    An Independent Air Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain in the Azores, killing 144.
  • 1993
    General Motors sues NBC after Dateline NBC allegedly rigs two crashes intended to demonstrate that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settles the lawsuit the next day.
  • 1996
    The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
  • 1996
    The massive Internet collaboration “24 Hours in Cyberspace” takes place.
  • 2001
    Disney California Adventure Park opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
  • 2010
    A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan triggers a series of at least 36 avalanches, burying over two miles of road, killing at least 172 people and trapping over 2,000 travellers.

Who Were Born On February 8?

  • 120
    Vettius Valens, Greek astrologer (d. 175)
  • 412
    Proclus, Greek philosopher (d. 485)
  • 1191
    Yaroslav II of Russia (d. 1246)
  • 1291
    King Afonso IV of Portugal (d. 1357)
  • 1405
    Constantine XI Palaiologos, last Byzantine Emperor (d. 1453)
  • 1487
    Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1550)
  • 1552
    Agrippa d'Aubigné, French poet and soldier (d. 1630)
  • 1577
    Robert Burton, English cleric and writer (d. 1640)
  • 1586
    Jacob Praetorius, German composer (d. 1651)
  • 1612
    Samuel Butler, English poet (d. 1680)
  • 1649
    Gabriel Daniel, French Jesuit historian (d. 1728)
  • 1677
    Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (d. 1756)
  • 1685
    Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (d. 1770)
  • 1700
    Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch-born mathematician (d. 1782)
  • 1720
    Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1750)
  • 1762
    Emperor Gia Long the founded the Nguyễn Dynasty, the last of the Vietnamese dynasties (d. 1820)
  • 1792
    Queen Caroline Augusta of Bavaria of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1873)
  • 1798
    Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia, Russian Grand Duke (d. 1849)
  • 1804
    Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer (d. 1834)
  • 1807
    Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, English sculptor and naturalist (d. 1889)
  • 1819
    John Ruskin, English author (d. 1900)
  • 1820
    William Tecumseh Sherman, American Union general (d. 1891)
  • 1822
    Maxime Du Camp, French photographer and journalist (d. 1894)
  • 1825
    Henry Walter Bates, English naturalist and explorer (d. 1892)
  • 1828
    Jules Verne, French author (d. 1905)
  • 1834
    Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist (d. 1907)
  • 1847
    Hugh Price Hughes, English social reformer (d. 1902)
  • 1850
    Kate Chopin, American author (d. 1904)
  • 1866
    Moses Gomberg, Russian-born American chemist (d. 1947)
  • 1878
    Martin Buber, Austrian-born Israeli philosopher (d. 1965)
  • 1880
    Franz Marc, German painter (d. 1916)
  • 1882
    Thomas Etholen Selfridge, American military officer and airplane crash victim (d. 1908)
  • 1883
    Joseph Schumpeter, Austrian economist (d. 1950)
  • 1884
    Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (d. 1953)
  • 1886
    Charles Ruggles, American actor (d. 1970)
  • 1888
    Dame Edith Evans, British actress (d. 1976)
  • 1890
    Claro M. Recto, Filipino nationalist (d. 1960)
  • 1893
    Ba Maw, Burmese politician (d. 1977)
  • 1894
    King Vidor, American film director (d. 1982)
  • 1894
    Ludwig Marcuse, German author and philosopher (d. 1971)
  • 1900
    Ivan Ivanov-Vano Soviet animator and Russian animation director (d. 1987)
  • 1902
    Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (d. 1966)
  • 1903
    Aleksander Mitt, Estonian speed skater (d. 1942)
  • 1903
    Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress (d. 1977)
  • 1906
    Chester Carlson, American physicist and inventor (d. 1968)
  • 1911
    Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (d. 1979)
  • 1913
    Betty Field, American actress (d. 1973)
  • 1914
    Bill Finger, American comic book writer (d. 1974)
  • 1918
    Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)
  • 1920
    Herbert Siegert, German football manager
  • 1921
    Lana Turner, American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1922
    Audrey Meadows, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1925
    Jack Lemmon, American actor and film director (d. 2001)
  • 1926
    Neal Cassady, American writer (d. 1968)
  • 1928
    Gene Lees, Canadian biographer and lyricist (d. 2010)
  • 1930
    Alejandro Rey, Argentine actor (d. 1987)
  • 1930
    James Deetz, American anthropologist (d. 2000)
  • 1931
    James Dean, American actor (d. 1955)
  • 1932
    Cliff Allison, British racing driver (d. 2005)
  • 1932
    Jean Saunders née Jean Innes, English writer
  • 1932
    John Williams, American composer and conductor
  • 1933
    Elly Ameling, Dutch soprano
  • 1933
    Jack Larson, American actor
  • 1936
    Larry Verne, American singer
  • 1937
    Joe Raposo, American composer (d. 1989)
  • 1937
    Manfred Krug, German actor
  • 1939
    José Maria Sison, Filipino communist
  • 1939
    Ken Iman, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1940
    Ted Koppel, American journalist
  • 1941
    Nick Nolte, American actor
  • 1941
    Tom Rush, American singer and songwriter
  • 1942
    Bob Munden, American shooting competitor
  • 1942
    Robert Klein, American comedian
  • 1942
    Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (d. 2004)
  • 1943
    Creed Bratton, American actor and musician
  • 1943
    Pirzada Qasim, Pakistani poet and academic
  • 1944
    Roger Lloyd-Pack, English actor
  • 1944
    Sebastião Salgado, Brazilian documentary photographer
  • 1948
    Dan Seals, American singer (d. 2009)
  • 1948
    Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • 1948
    Ron Tyson, American singer (The Temptations)
  • 1949
    Brooke Adams, American actress
  • 1950
    Cristina Ferrare, American former supermodel and actress
  • 1951
    Z'EV, American text/sound artist
  • 1953
    Mary Steenburgen, American actress
  • 1953
    Roger Clavet, Québécois politician
  • 1955
    John Grisham, American writer
  • 1955
    Nancy Oliver, American playwright and television writer
  • 1956
    Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock’s Beard)
  • 1956
    Marques Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1958
    Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1959
    Damir Maričić, Croatian footballer
  • 1960
    Benigno Aquino III, Philippine President
  • 1960
    Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1960
    Stuart Hamm, American bassist (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai)
  • 1961
    Bruce Timm, TV Producer (DC Animated Universe)
  • 1961
    Vince Neil, American singer (Mötley Crüe)
  • 1963
    Joshua Kadison, American pianist and songwriter
  • 1963
    Mohammad Azharuddin, Indian cricketer
  • 1964
    Robert Nebřenský, Czech actor and musician
  • 1964
    Trinny Woodall, British fashion guru
  • 1965
    Dicky Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1966
    Bruno Labbadia, German footballer
  • 1966
    Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1966
    Kirk Muller, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger, German author
  • 1968
    Claudette Pace, Maltese singer
  • 1968
    Gary Coleman, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1968
    Nasos Thanopoulos, Greek businessman
  • 1969
    Mary McCormack, American actress
  • 1969
    Shiva Rose, American actress
  • 1970
    Alonzo Mourning, American basketball player
  • 1970
    John Filan, Australian footballer
  • 1971
    Andre El Haddad, Lebannon football referee
  • 1971
    Andrus Veerpalu, Estonian cross-country skier
  • 1971
    Mika Karppinen, Finnish drummer (HIM)
  • 1972
    Paul Wight, American professional wrestler
  • 1973
    Keith McDonald, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French disc jockey (Daft Punk)
  • 1974
    Kimbo Slice, American mixed martial artist
  • 1974
    Seth Green, American actor
  • 1974
    Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1976
    Abi Titmuss, English glamour model
  • 1976
    Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1976
    Nicolas Vouilloz, French rally driver
  • 1977
    Barry Hall, Australian footballer
  • 1977
    Bridgette Kerkove, American actress
  • 1977
    Mathieu Turcotte, Canadian short-track speed skater
  • 1977
    Yucef Merhi, Venezuelan artist
  • 1979
    Aaron Cook, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Josh Keaton, American actor and singer
  • 1980
    Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)
  • 1980
    Ralf Little, English actor and comedian
  • 1980
    Stephen Wright, English footballer
  • 1981
    Myriam Montemayor Cruz, Mexican singer
  • 1982
    Danny Tamberelli, American actor
  • 1982
    Sousuke Takaoka, Japanese actor
  • 1983
    Cory Jane, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1983
    Jermaine Anderson, Canadian basketball player
  • 1983
    Jim Verraros, American singer
  • 1984
    Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • 1985
    Ben Anderson, New Zealand basketball player
  • 1985
    Thomas Gardner, American basketball player
  • 1987
    Carolina Kostner, Italian figure skater
  • 1988
    Keegan Meth, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1988
    Rucha Hasabnis, Indian TV actress
  • 1988
    Ryan Pinkston, American actor
  • 1989
    Courtney Vandersloot, American basketball player
  • 1989
    Dani Harmer, English actress
  • 1989
    JaJuan Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1989
    Zac Guildford, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1990
    Bethany Hamilton, American surfer and shark attack survivor
  • 1990
    Tran Thuy Dzung, Miss Vietnam 2008
  • 1991
    Abdisalam Ibrahim, Somali/Norwegian footballer
  • 1991
    Roberto Soriano, Italian footballer
  • 1992
    Carl Jenkinson, English/Finnish footballer
  • 1994
    Nikki Yanofsky, Canadian artist and singer
  • 1998
    Šarlote Lēnmane, Latvian singer

Who Died On February 8?

  • 1204
    Alexius IV Angelus, deposed Eastern Roman Emperor (b. c. 1182)
  • 1250
    Robert I of Artois, French crusader (b. 1216)
  • 1250
    Sir William II Longespee (b. 1212)
  • 1265
    Hulagu Khan, Mongol ruler (b. 1217)
  • 1296
    King Przemysł II of Poland (b. 1257)
  • 1587
    Mary, Queen of Scots (b. 1542)
  • 1599
    Robert Rollock, Scottish educator (b. 1555)
  • 1623
    Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (b. 1546)
  • 1696
    Tsar Ivan V of Russia (b. 1666)
  • 1709
    Giuseppe Torelli, Italian composer (b. 1658)
  • 1725
    Tsar Peter I of Russia (b. 1672)
  • 1749
    Jan van Huysum, Dutch painter (b. 1682)
  • 1750
    Aaron Hill, English writer (b. 1685)
  • 1768
    George Dance the Elder, English architect (b. 1695)
  • 1772
    Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales (b. 1719)
  • 1847
    Theodor Valentin Volkmar, German politician (b. 1781)
  • 1849
    François Antoine Habeneck, French violinist (b. 1781)
  • 1849
    France Prešeren, Slovenian poet (b. 1800)
  • 1856
    Agostino Bassi, Italian entomologist (b. 1773)
  • 1907
    Hendrik Willem Bakhuis Roozeboom, Dutch chemist (b. 1854)
  • 1910
    Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (b. 1854)
  • 1921
    Barrett Wendell, American academic and author (b. 1855)
  • 1921
    George Formby, Sr., English entertainer (b. 1876)
  • 1921
    Peter Kropotkin, Russian anarchist (b. 1842)
  • 1924
    Gee Jon, First man in U.S. to be executed by lethal gas. (b. 1895)
  • 1932
    Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll, New York City gangster from County Donegal in Ireland (b. 1908)
  • 1932
    Yordan Milanov, Bulgarian architect (b. 1867)
  • 1936
    Charles Curtis, 1st American-Indian Vice-President of the USA (b. 1860)
  • 1956
    Connie Mack, American baseball manager and executive (b. 1862)
  • 1957
    John von Neumann, Hungarian-born mathematician and physicist (b. 1903)
  • 1957
    Walther Bothe, German physicist and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • 1960
    Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • 1960
    John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher (b. 1911)
  • 1963
    George Dolenz, American actor, father of Micky Dolenz (b. 1908)
  • 1964
    Ernst Kretschmer, German psychiatrist (b. 1888)
  • 1972
    Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1975
    Sir Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • 1977
    Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist (b. 1901)
  • 1980
    Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • 1982
    John Hay Whitney, American financier (b. 1904)
  • 1984
    Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • 1985
    William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer (b. 1901)
  • 1987
    Harriet E. MacGibbon, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1990
    Del Shannon, American entertainer (suicide) (b. 1934)
  • 1992
    Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist (b. 1924)
  • 1993
    N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lankan communist leader (b. 1920)
  • 1994
    Raymond Scott, American composer (b. 1908)
  • 1996
    Del Ennis, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 1998
    Enoch Powell, British politician (b. 1912)
  • 1998
    Halldór Laxness, Icelandic author, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1998
    Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • 1999
    Iris Murdoch, Irish author (b. 1919)
  • 2000
    Bob Collins, American radio broadcaster (b. 1942)
  • 2000
    Derrick Thomas, American football player (b. 1967)
  • 2000
    Sid Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1918)
  • 2001
    Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
  • 2002
    Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  • 2004
    Julius Schwartz, American comic book and science fiction editor (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (b. 1914)
  • 2006
    Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • 2007
    Anna Nicole Smith, American model, actress, and entertainer (b. 1967)
  • 2007
    Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American professor and reincarnation researcher (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • 2008
    Frank J. Dixon, American immunologist (b. 1920)
  • 2009
    Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (b. 1982)
  • 2010
    John Murtha, American politician (b. 1932)
  • 2011
    Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (b. 1909)

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