February 8 Events in History - February 8 Birthdays - February 8 Deaths



2014 A report on the U.S. economy shows 113,000 jobs were added in January, well below the expected 180,000 new jobs
2014 The U.S. Congress will as for $4.5 billion for additional missile defense spending over the next five years; the funds would partially pay for new radar in Alaska, indicating safety concerns regarding missiles from Iran and North Korea
2013 Scientists say Pandemrix, GlaxoSmithKline influenza vaccine, may be the cause of Europe's recent increase in cases of narcolepsy
2013 An investigation is taking place over recent hacking incident involving a hacker gaining access to the email accounts of former President George H. W. Bush, his friends and relatives
2012 Elizabeth Taylor's collection of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas sell for over 13.7 million pounds at Christie's in London
2012 Europe's cold wave continues, with over 400 dead; the Danube River freezes over for 170 km
2011 The head of the Taiwanese Army's electronic communications and information department, Major General Lo Hsien-che is arrested for leaking secrets to China
2011 North and South Korean officials meet for working-level military talks, the first Korean dialogue in eight months
2010 U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavor launches from the Kennedy Space Center, successfully beginning a two-week mission to the International Space Station
2004 46th Grammy Awards, Coldplay, Outkast, Richard Marx, Luther Vandross, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake win major awards
1998 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
1998 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at New York City
1998 NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics
1996 NFL and Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Baltimore but he had to leave the Browns' name behind
1995 6.4 earthquake at Trujillo, Colombia (46+ killed)
1994 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car
1994 Kapil Dev sets world record for Test Cricket wickets with 432
1994 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm
1993 Suchoi-24 crashes into Tupolev passenger flight, 134 die
1993 General Motors sues NBC, alleging that "Dateline NBC" program had rigged 2 car-truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fires
1992 "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at #1
1992 16th Winter Olympic games opens in Albertville, France
1992 Ulysses spacecraft passes Jupiter
1991 Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract
1990 David Hares "Racing Demon," premieres in London
1990 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
1989 5 cm of snow falls in outskirts of Los Angeles
1989 Jockey Chris Antley begins record of 64 consecutive winning days
1989 U.S. Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die
1988 NASA launches DOD-2
1987 37th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 154-149 (OT) at Seattle
1987 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
1986 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition
1986 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
1985 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica vs. Barbados
1985 Bruce Morris, Marshall University, makes a 92' 5" basketball shot
1985 Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
1985 Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea
1984 14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1984 1st time 8 people in space
1984 A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation
1984 Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7
1983 35th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-3 at New York Islander
1983 Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino
1983 Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days
1983 Tina Howe's "Painting Churches," premieres in New York City
1983 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period
1983 Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
1982 Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to A's breaking up the longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey)
1981 "5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater New York City after 12 performances
1981 "Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 133 performances
1981 Sally Little wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
1981 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Elaine Zayak
1981 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
1979 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978 Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes Prime Minister of Kuwait
1977 Earthquake in San Francisco, at 5.0, strongest since 1966
1976 Hua Guofeng becomes premier of China PR
1976 Jan Stephens wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Naples Golf Classic
1976 Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130)
1975 1800 Unification church couples' wed in Korea
1975 Caps only got one shot in a period against Islanders
1974 "Good Times," debuts on CBS TV
1974 Ringo releases "You're 16"
1974 Skylab 4's astronauts land
1974 Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run
1973 Jean Kerrs "Finishing Touches," premieres in New York City
1973 Mushtaq and Asif Iqbal make 350 stand for 4th wicket vs. New Zealand
1973 Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal
1972 Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
1971 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
1971 South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
1969 Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
1969 Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, Mexico
1968 Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in South Carolina State (Orangeburg)
1967 Longest losing streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (10 games)
1967 Peter (Asher) and Gordon (Waller) discontinue their singing partnership
1967 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 Eastern DC-7B crashes into Atlantic off Jones Beach, New Jersey, kills 84
1965 Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love"
1964 Peter Shaffer's "Royal Hunt of the Sun," premieres in London
1964 Rep Martha Griffiths address gets civil rights protection for women being added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act
1963 1st transmission of Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist)
1963 AFL's Dallas Texans become Kansas City Chiefs
1963 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1962 KACB TV channel 3 in San Angelo, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1960 Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)
1958 Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
1958 French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
1958 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1957 San Francisco Public Library's bookmobile initiated in front of City Hall
1956 Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die
1955 Malenkov resigns as U.S.S.R. premier, Bulganin replaces him
1953 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
1953 WLVirginia (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, Virginia (ABC) begins
1952 "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day," debuts on NBC TV
1949 Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison
1948 5th Winter Olympic games close at St. Moritz, Switzerland
1947 Jan van der Hoorn wins 8th Dutch 11-cities skating race (10:51)
1947 KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St. Louis, Missouri (NBC) begins broadcasting
1946 Bela Bartoks 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Philadelphia
1946 Premier Salazar of Portugal forbids opposition parties
1945 Allied air attack on Goch/Kleef/Kalkar/Reichswald
1944 1st black reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin
1944 U-762 sunk off Ireland
1943 Red Army recaptures Kursk
1942 Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes," premieres in Los Angeles
1942 Congress advises Franklin D. Roosevelt that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the U.S. war effort
1941 Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore
1941 NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio
1940 Lewis and Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show," premieres in New York City
1940 Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
1937 Maxwell Anderson's "Masque of Kings," premieres in New York City
1936 1st NFL draft, Eagles select Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger
1936 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minnesota
1936 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers
1936 Pandit Jawaharlal follows Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
1935 1st NFL draft; Jay Berwanger of U Chicago is 1st pick (by Eagles) He never plays in NFL
1934 Export-Import Bank organizes in Washington, D.C.
1934 Gaston Doumergue forms new French government
1933 -23 degrees F (-31 degrees C), Seminole, Texas (state record)
1933 1st flight of all-metal Boeing 247
1931 Gas explosion Fire in Fushun-coal mine, Manchuria kills 3,000
1930 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits #1
1929 KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
1928 1st transatlantic TV image received, Hartsdale, New York
1928 Scottish inventor J. Blaird demonstrates color-TV
1927 Belgian-Swiss treaty signed
1926 German Reichstag decides to apply for League of Nations membership
1926 Sean O'Casey's "Plough and Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin
1926 Walt Disney Studios forms
1925 Kaufman and Berlin's "cocoanuts," premieres in New York City
1925 Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta
1924 1st coast-to-coast radio hookup: General John Joseph Carty speech in Chicago
1923 Coal mine explosion at Dawson, New Mexico kills 120
1923 German NSDAP Volkischer Beobachter newspaper becomes a daily
1922 Radio arrives at the White House
1920 Swiss men vote against women's suffrage
1918 "Stars and Stripes," weekly U.S. Armed Forces newspaper, 1st published
1916 French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374
1916 NL votes down Charlie Ebbets proposal to limit 25 cents seats
1915 "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA
1914 General Zamon becomes president of Haiti
1912 1st eastbound U.S. transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville, Fla
1911 U.S. helps overthrow President Miguel Devila of Honduras
1911 Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma," premieres in New York City
1910 Boy Scouts of America incorporated and chartered (William D. Boyce - Chicago)
1909 France and Germany sign treaty about Morocco
1908 Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert, Netherlands
1905 Cyclone hit Tahiti and adjacent islands, killing some 10,000 people
1904 Russo-Japanese War begins
1898 John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding and gumming mach (Mass)
1896 Georges Feydeaus' "Le Dindon," premieres in Paris
1896 Western Conference forms of Midwestern U, later renamed Big 10 Conf
1895 Tchaikovsky/Petipa's "Swan Lake," premieres in Petersburg
1894 Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks
1889 Flood ravages Dutch coast
1887 Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minnesota became the 1st U.S. ski club
1887 Dawes Act passed (indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship)
1883 Louis Waterman begins experiments to invents fountain pen
1865 1st black major in U.S. Army, Martin Robinson Delany
1862 Battle of Roanoke Island NC, Federals gain control of Pamlico Sound
1862 Opera "Lily of Killarney," premieres in London
1861 Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Alabama
1837 1st Vice President chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren admin)
1809 Franz I of Austria declares war on France
1807 Napoleon defeats Russians in battle of Eylau
1802 Simon Willard patents banjo clock
1776 Wolfgang von Goethes' "Stella," premieres in Hamburg
1750 Minor earthquake in London
1744 French/Spanish fleet leaves Toulon
1743 Comet C/1743 C1 approaches within 0.0390 AUs of Earth
1735 1st opera in U.S. "Flora," opens in Charleston, SC
1693 William and Mary college is 2nd college chartered in US
1690 French and Indian troops set Schenectady settlement New York on fire
1690 Lord Halifax resigns as Lord Privy Seal
1672 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
1622 King James I disbands the English parliament
1601 Earl Robert Devereux of Essex armies draws into London
1600 Vatican convicts scholar Giordano Bruno to death
1575 University of Leiden Netherlands opens
1526 Heavy storm strikes Dutch coast, many die
421 Flavius Constantine becomes emperor Constantine III of West Roman emp











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