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What are the important events that happened on February 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 8 is the 39th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 327 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 26, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 404,136 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘triacontaenneagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac 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.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,144 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 8 Historical Events

  • 1949
    Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary is sentenced for treason.
  • 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.
  • 2016
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Monkey in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 8?

  • 1942
    Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (d. 2004)
  • 1948
    Dan Seals, American singer (d. 2009)
  • 1953
    Mary Steenburgen, American actress
  • 1968
    Nasos Thanopoulos, Greek businessman
  • 1974
    Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer

Who died on February 8?

  • 1849
    François Antoine Habeneck, French violinist (b. 1781)
  • 1907
    Hendrik Willem Bakhuis Roozeboom, Dutch chemist (b. 1854)
  • 1921
    Peter Kropotkin, Russian anarchist (b. 1842)
  • 1960
    Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • 1998
    Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)

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