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Wednesday February 8, 2017

February 8: Day of the Week

February 8, 2017 was the 39th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 326 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.

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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

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.

February 8 Historical Event(s)

  • 1587
    Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
  • 1693
    The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II.
  • 1807
    Battle of Eylau – Napoleon defeats Russians under General Benigssen.
  • 1856
    Barbu Dimitrie Ştirbei abolishes slavery in Wallachia.
  • 1879
    Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
  • 1940
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Dragon in Chinese astrology.
  • 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”.
  • 1971
    South Vietnamese ground troops launch an incursion into Laos to try to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and stop communist infiltration.
  • 1979
    Denis Sassou-Nguesso becomes the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time.
  • 2001
    Disney California Adventure Park opens to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

Who were born on February 8?

  • 1552
    Agrippa d'Aubigné, French poet and soldier (d. 1630)
  • 1903
    Greta Keller, Austrian-born cabaret singer and actress (d. 1977)
  • 1913
    Betty Field, American actress (d. 1973)
  • 1925
    Jack Lemmon, American actor and film director (d. 2001)
  • 1940
    Ted Koppel, American journalist
  • 1966
    Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger, German author
  • 1976
    Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Mathieu Turcotte, Canadian short-track speed skater
  • 1982
    Sousuke Takaoka, Japanese actor
  • 1994
    Nikki Yanofsky, Canadian artist and singer

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