February 8: Day of the Week
February 8, 2020 was the 39th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 327 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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)
- 1575Universiteit Leiden is founded, and given the motto Praesidium Libertatis.
- 1807Battle of Eylau – Napoleon defeats Russians under General Benigssen.
- 1959New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Pig in Chinese astrology.
- 1963Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
- 1965After 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.
- 1971South Vietnamese ground troops launch an incursion into Laos to try to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and stop communist infiltration.
- 1971The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.
- 1981Twenty-one association football spectators are trampled to death at Karaiskakis Stadium in Neo Faliro, Greece, after a football match between Olympiacos F.C. and AEK Athens FC.
- 1993General 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.
- 1996The massive Internet collaboration “24 Hours in Cyberspace” takes place.
Who were born on February 8?
- 412Proclus, Greek philosopher (d. 485)
- 1700Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch-born mathematician (d. 1782)
- 1804Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer (d. 1834)
- 1820William Tecumseh Sherman, American Union general (d. 1891)
- 1822Maxime Du Camp, French photographer and journalist (d. 1894)
- 1850Kate Chopin, American author (d. 1904)
- 1920Herbert Siegert, German football manager
- 1933Elly Ameling, Dutch soprano
- 1956Marques Johnson, American basketball player
- 1974Kimbo Slice, American mixed martial artist
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