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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, 24,248,160 minutes 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

  • 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.
  • 1902
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Tiger in Chinese astrology.
  • 1910
    The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.
  • 1971
    The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.

Who were born on February 8?

  • 1792
    Queen Caroline Augusta of Bavaria of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1873)
  • 1882
    Thomas Etholen Selfridge, American military officer and airplane crash victim (d. 1908)
  • 1944
    Roger Lloyd-Pack, English actor
  • 1970
    John Filan, Australian footballer
  • 1971
    Mika Karppinen, Finnish drummer (HIM)

Who died on February 8?

  • 1956
    Connie Mack, American baseball manager and executive (b. 1862)
  • 1982
    John Hay Whitney, American financier (b. 1904)
  • 1985
    William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer (b. 1901)
  • 2006
    Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • 2009
    Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (b. 1982)

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