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 French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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.
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February 8 Historical Event(s)
- 421Constantius III becomes co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
- 1250Seventh Crusade: Crusaders engage Ayyubid forces in the Battle of Al Mansurah.
- 1601Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, rebels against Queen Elizabeth I – the revolt is quickly crushed.
- 1915D.W. Griffith’s controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles.
- 1959New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Pig in Chinese astrology.
- 1962Charonne 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.
- 1963The regime of Prime Minister of Iraq, Brigadier General Abdul-Karim Qassem is overthrown by the Ba'ath Party.
- 1971The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.
- 1974Military coup in Upper Volta.
- 1996The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
Who were born on February 8?
- 120Vettius Valens, Greek astrologer (d. 175)
- 1825Henry Walter Bates, English naturalist and explorer (d. 1892)
- 1880Franz Marc, German painter (d. 1916)
- 1894King Vidor, American film director (d. 1982)
- 1911Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (d. 1979)
- 1913Betty Field, American actress (d. 1973)
- 1921Lana Turner, American actress (d. 1995)
- 1966Bruno Labbadia, German footballer
- 1970Alonzo Mourning, American basketball player
- 1973Keith McDonald, American baseball player
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