February 08: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On February 8, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The Gregorian calendar’s 39th day is February 8th. The first Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii on this day, and the Communications Decency Act was passed by the United States Congress. Mary Queen of Scots was executed by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign for February 8th. Jules Verne, James Dean, and Seth Green all had famous birthdays. National Boy Scout Day and National Kite-Flying Day both fall on February 8th.


(February 08, 1587)
Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I of England's opponent, was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle on this day in 1587, her death a terrible scene redeemed by the tremendous personal dignity with which she met her end.


(February 08, 1915)
While praised for its technical and dramatic innovations, D.W. Griffith's landmark film The Birth of a Nation premiered at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles; the epic was panned for its overt racism and positive portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan.

(February 08, 1921)
Lana Turner, a seductive Hollywood glamour queen with a troubled private life, was born in the United States.

(February 08, 1931)
James Dean, an American actor who became a symbol of the 1950s' confused, restless, and idealistic youth, was born.

(February 08, 1999)
Dame Iris Murdoch, a British novelist and philosopher who produced more than 25 books marked by a blend of vivid storytelling, cultural allusions, and deep philosophical research, died at the age of 79.

(Died on February 08, 2021)
Mary Wilson (singer), American singer, founding member of The Supremes (b. 1944).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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