On This Day

On This Day in History for February 8 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1973 Jean Kerrs "Finishing Touches" premieres in NYC
  • 1973 Mushtaq & Asif Iqbal make 350 stand for 4th wicket v NZ
  • 1973 Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal

Music releaseMusic Single

1974 Ringo Starr releases a cover of "You're Sixteen" as a single in UK; originally released by Johnny Burnette in 1960

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1974 3 US astronauts return to Earth after a 85 days in the US space station, Skylab
  • 1975 1800 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • 1976 Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130)
  • 1977 Earthquake in San Francisco, at 5.0, strongest since 1966

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • 1978 Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes Prime Minister of Kuwait
  • 1978 Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • 1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1979 Denis Sassou-Nguesso becomes the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time
  • 1981 US female Figure Skating championship won by Elaine Zayak
  • 1983 Eric Peters sets transatlantic sailboat record (E-W)-46 days
  • 1983 Tina Howe's "Painting Churches" premieres in NYC

  • 1983 Prize stallion and Derby winner Shergar kidnapped in Ireland, never to be found causing Lloyd's of London to payout $10.6 million insurance
  • 1983 Ariel Sharon resigns from Israeli government after an inquiry shows he was indirectly responsible for the killings of hundreds of people in 1982
  • 1984 1st time 8 people in space
  • 1984 Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7
  • 1985 Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung returns to South-Korea
  • 1986 1984 Summer Olympics LAPD bomb squad chief Arleigh McCree, and his partner Officer Ronald Ball of the Firearms and explosives unit are killed while trying to dismantle two pipe bombs
  • 1988 NASA launches DOD-2
  • 1989 5 cm of snow falls in outskirts of Los Angeles
  • 1989 US Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die
  • 1990 David Hares "Racing Demon" premieres in London
  • 1992 Ulysses spacecraft passes Jupiter
  • 1993 Suchoi-24 crashes into Tupolev passenger flight, 134 die
  • 1995 6.4 earthquake at Trujillo, Colombia (46+ killed)
  • 1996 The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
  • 1996 The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place
  • 2005 Leaders of both Palestine and Israel declare a truce in what many hope will be a "new era of peace"
  • 2008 Nebraska bans electric chair as sole execution method
  • 2010 747-8 Freighter takes off for its maiden flight from Paine Field, Washington
  • 2013 29 people are killed and 69 are injured in a series of Iraq bombings
  • 2013 16 people are killed and 27 are wounded by a market bombing in Kalaya, Pakistan

  • 2013 100, 000 people march to demand justice for the atrocities of the Bangladesh Liberation War in Dhaka
  • 2013 A massive blizzard begins in the US and Canada that resulted in 15 deaths, 5,300 cancelled flights, and loss of power for 900,000 people
  • 2014 15 people are killed & 130 injured in a hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014 17 people are killed after a truck & bus collide in Mendoza, Argentina
  • 2015 Ivory Coast wins the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 US Senate confirms Jeff Sessions Attorney General, after controversy and protests

US Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
US Senator and Attorney General
Jeff Sessions
  • 2018 Twitter reports its first quarterly profit as a public company
  • 2018 Bangladesh court sentences former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to 5 years in prison for corruption
  • 2019 Washington's Governor Jay Inslee declares a state emergency after heavy snowfall

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2019 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos accuses The National Enquirer and its owner, American Media Inc, of blackmail over private messages detailing an extramarital affair

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 2019 Thai King Vajiralongkorn issues royal decree calling Princess Ubolratana 's candidacy for Prime Minister for Thai Raksa Chart political party “improper and highly inappropriate”
  • 2020 Gunman shoots and kills 29 people in a shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, with 57 injured. Shooter shot and killed by security forces a day later.
  • 2020 Irish General Election: No party wins a majority, Sinn Féin 37 seats and the popular vote, Fianna Fáil 38 seats, Leo Varadkar's ruling Fine Gael only 35 seats
  • 2021 South Africa halts rollout of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after research into the South African variant showed no protection again mild and moderate illness
  • 2021 Martial law declared in Mandalay, Myanmar, amid continuing protests against the country's military coup

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