What Happened on February 8

Significant 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
  • 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
  • 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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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

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Famous Divorces

  • 1980 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after 9 years of marriage
  • 2011 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half years of marriage
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