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

  • 1250
    Seventh Crusade: Crusaders engage Ayyubid forces in the Battle of Al Mansurah.
  • 1575
    Universiteit Leiden is founded, and given the motto Praesidium Libertatis.
  • 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.
  • 1817
    Las Heras crosses the Andes with an army to join San Martín and liberate Chile from Spain.
  • 1855
    The Devil’s Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.
  • 1879
    The England cricket team led by Lord Harris is attacked during a riot during a match in Sydney.
  • 1904
    Battle of Port Arthur: A surprise torpedo attack by the Japanese at Port Arthur, China starts the Russo-Japanese War.
  • 1915
    D.W. Griffith’s controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    The regime of Prime Minister of Iraq, Brigadier General Abdul-Karim Qassem is overthrown by the Ba'ath Party.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    Military coup in Upper Volta.
  • 1978
    Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio 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.
  • 1989
    An Independent Air Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain in the Azores, killing 144.
  • 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.
  • 2035
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.

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