- February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- There are 326 days remaining until the end of the year (327 in leap years).
- The preceding day is February 7
- Next day is February 9.
February 8th Deaths (Here)
February 8 Events:
421 – Constantius III becomes co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
1575 – Founding of Universiteit Leiden - with the motto Praesidium Libertatis.
1587 – Mary, Queen of Scots is executed - following suspicion of being 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.
1622 – King James I of England disbands the English Parliament.
1692 – Salem witch trials - doctor in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony suggests that 2 girls in the family of the village minister may be suffering from bewitchment.
1693 – The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is granted a charter by King William III & 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 & liberate Chile from Spain.
1837 – Richard Johnson - 1st Vice President of the United States chosen by the US Senate.
1855 – The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.
1856 – Barbu Dimitrie Ştirbei abolishes slavery in Wallachia.
1867 – The Ausgleich results in the establishment of the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary.
1879 – Universal Standard Time adoption is 1st proposed by Sandford Fleming at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
1887 – The Dawes Act - authorizes the US President to survey Native American tribal land & divide it into individual allotments.
1900 – British troops are defeated by Boers at Ladysmith, South Africa.
1904 – Battle of Port Arthur - surprise torpedo attack by the Japanese at Port Arthur, China starts the Russo-Japanese War.
1910 – Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.
1915 – The Birth of a Nation - D.W. Griffith's controversial film premieres in Los Angeles.
1918 – The Stars & Stripes newspaper is published for the 1st time.
1922 – President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House.
1924 – The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.
1949 – Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary is sentenced for treason.
1952 – Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the UK.
1955 – Government of Sindh abolished Jagirdari system in the province.
1960 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issues an Order-in-Council - stating that she & her family would be known as the House of Windsor, with her descendants taking the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".
1962 – Charonne massacre - 9 trade unionists are killed by French police, instigated by Maurice Papon, then chief of the Paris Prefecture of Police, & Nazi collaborator.
1963 – John F. Kennedy administration makes travel, financial & commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba illegal.
1968 – The Orangeburg massacre, an attack that left 3 or 4 dead in Orangeburg, South Carolina on black students from South Carolina State University who were protesting racial segregation at the town's only bowling alley (American civil rights movement).
1969 – Allende meteorite falls near Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico.
1971 – NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.
1974 – First American space station Skylab crew returns to Earth after 84 days in space.
1974 – Military coup in Upper Volta.
1979 – Denis Sassou-Nguesso becomes the President of the Republic of the Congo for the 1st time.
1983 – The Melbourne dust storm follows the worst drought on record & a day of severe weather conditions - a 320 metres (1,000 ft) deep dust cloud envelops the city.
1989 – Independent Air Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain in Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal, 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.
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