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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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.

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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)

  • 1238
    The Mongols burn the Russian city of Vladimir.
  • 1693
    The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II.
  • 1837
    Richard Johnson becomes the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate.
  • 1856
    Barbu Dimitrie Ştirbei abolishes slavery in Wallachia.
  • 1865
    In the United States, Delaware voters reject the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and vote to continue the practice of slavery. (Delaware finally ratifies the amendment on February 12, 1901.)
  • 1921
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1952
    Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.
  • 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”.
  • 1963
    Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • 1965
    After taking evasive maneuvers to avoid a mid-air collision immediately after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Eastern Air Lines Flight 663 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean and explodes, killing everyone aboard.

Who were born on February 8?

  • 1677
    Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (d. 1756)
  • 1685
    Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (d. 1770)
  • 1720
    Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1750)
  • 1804
    Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer (d. 1834)
  • 1888
    Dame Edith Evans, British actress (d. 1976)
  • 1903
    Aleksander Mitt, Estonian speed skater (d. 1942)
  • 1930
    Alejandro Rey, Argentine actor (d. 1987)
  • 1932
    John Williams, American composer and conductor
  • 1948
    Dan Seals, American singer (d. 2009)
  • 1972
    Paul Wight, American professional wrestler

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