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Friday February 8, 2019

February 8: Day of the Week

February 8, 2019 was the 39th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 326 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

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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.

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February 8 Historical Event(s)

  • 1575
    Universiteit Leiden is founded, and given the motto Praesidium Libertatis.
  • 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.
  • 1879
    Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
  • 1921
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rooster 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”.
  • 1963
    The regime of Prime Minister of Iraq, Brigadier General Abdul-Karim Qassem is overthrown by the Ba'ath Party.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    The Melbourne dust storm hits Australia’s second largest city. The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, a 320 m deep dust cloud envelops the city, turning day to night.
  • 1996
    The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.

Who were born on February 8?

  • 1798
    Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia, Russian Grand Duke (d. 1849)
  • 1878
    Martin Buber, Austrian-born Israeli philosopher (d. 1965)
  • 1933
    Elly Ameling, Dutch soprano
  • 1950
    Cristina Ferrare, American former supermodel and actress
  • 1953
    Roger Clavet, Québécois politician
  • 1965
    Dicky Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1969
    Shiva Rose, American actress
  • 1977
    Barry Hall, Australian footballer
  • 1977
    Bridgette Kerkove, American actress
  • 1989
    JaJuan Johnson, American basketball player

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