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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

  • 1887
    The Dawes Act authorizes the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japan invades Singapore.
  • 1949
    Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary is sentenced for treason.
  • 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.
  • 2035
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 8?

  • 1828
    Jules Verne, French author (d. 1905)
  • 1921
    Lana Turner, American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1942
    Robert Klein, American comedian
  • 1976
    Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • 1989
    Courtney Vandersloot, American basketball player

Who died on February 8?

  • 1960
    Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • 1987
    Harriet E. MacGibbon, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1998
    Enoch Powell, British politician (b. 1912)
  • 2007
    Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American professor and reincarnation researcher (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    John Murtha, American politician (b. 1932)

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