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8 February: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


8 February: Today is the 8th of February. So, what special day is today?

In the past, many interesting events happened on this day in history on 8th February.

8 February: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 8 February

    • In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at the Fotheringhay Castle. This day is known for the great dignity with which she accepted her fate.
    • In 1867, the compromise of Ausgleich established the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy.
    • In 1974, a US Space station, SkyLab, was terminated after 171 days.
    • In 1976, the famous Robert De Niro movie Taxi Driver had its world premiere where he played the role of an unstable Vietnam War veteran.

Birth Anniversaries (8 February)

    • In 1819, English writer, philosopher, art critic and polymath, John Ruskin was born.
    • In 1820, William Tecumseh Sherman, the famous American Civil War General, was born.
    • In 1828, French author Jules Verne, widely regarded as one of the fathers of science fiction was born on this day.
    • In 1834, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, often referred to as the Father of the Periodic Table was born.
    • In 1897, the third president of India, Zakir Husain Khan was born.
    • In 1921, the glamorous Hollywood actress Lana Turner was born on this day.
    • In 1931, the famous American actor and youth symbol James Dean was born.

Death Anniversaries (8 February)

    • In 1926, English biologist William Bateson who was the first person to use the term ‘genetics’ to describe the study of heredity died.
    • In 1957, Hungarian-born American mathematician, John von Neumann, said to be ‘the last representative of the great mathematicians’ died on this day.
    • In 1999, Dame Iris Murdoch, a famous British philosopher and novelist, died at 79.
    • In 2016, the famous French dance director and ballerina Violette Verdy died at 82.

What Special Day is Today: 8 February

    • On this day, Propose Day is celebrated worldwide as a part of Valentine’s Day week.
    • Laugh and Get Rich Day is celebrated around the world.
    • National Kite Flying Day is celebrated in the United States.


A host of things happened on this day in history on 8th February. We aimed to share information about what special day is today and how you can celebrate it through this post. We hope you learned a thing or two after reading it.

Do you know of any other interesting event that we might have missed out here? Please share in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!



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