On This Day

What Happened on February 8

Important Events

  • 1672 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
  • 1807 Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious
  • 1960 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued 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".
  • 1971 Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with 50 companies and a starting value of 100
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February 8 in Film & TV

  • 1915 "The Birth of a Nation" the first 12-reel film in America, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish and Mae Marsh, opens at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles

February 8 in Music

  • 1735 First opera in North American colonies "Flora" opens in Charleston, South Carolina

February 8 in Sport

  • 1936 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles

Did You Know?

Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

On February 8, 1926

Would You Believe?

The Devil's Footprints, hoof-like marks mysteriously appear for over 60km after a snowfall in southern Devon, England

On February 8, 1855

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1980 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after 9 years of marriage
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