About February 8

February 8, 2021 is the 39th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 326 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Aquarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 4 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 8

  • 421
    Constantius III becomes co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 1575
    Universiteit Leiden is founded, and given the motto Praesidium Libertatis.
  • 1807
    Battle of Eylau – Napoleon defeats Russians under General Benigssen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    South Vietnamese ground troops launch an incursion into Laos to try to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and stop communist infiltration.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2016
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Monkey in Chinese astrology.

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