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

  • 1238
    The Mongols burn the Russian city of Vladimir.
  • 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.
  • 1807
    Battle of Eylau – Napoleon defeats Russians under General Benigssen.
  • 1855
    The Devil’s Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.
  • 1856
    Barbu Dimitrie Ştirbei abolishes slavery in Wallachia.
  • 1879
    The England cricket team led by Lord Harris is attacked during a riot during a match in Sydney.
  • 1924
    Capital punishment: The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.
  • 1940
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Dragon in Chinese astrology.
  • 1945
    World War II: The United Kingdom and Canada commence Operation Veritable to occupy the west bank of the Rhine.
  • 1948
    The formal creation of the Korean People’s Army of North Korea is announced.
  • 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”.
  • 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
    Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • 1974
    After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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