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February 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 8

February 8th is officially Opera Day as well as Kite Flying Day.

We are now on day 39 out of 365, and have 326 days left of the year.

Those of you who were born on this day share the Aquarius zodiac sign.

February the 8th is jam packed with historical theatre, movie and music events. If today is your birthday, you’ll love these facts and events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1968, “Planet of the Apes” hit the theaters in New York City? Since the movie came out, it has raised timeless questions of humanity.

Keep reading for more facts about February 8th in history!

What Happened On February 8 In History?

2013

A category 3 blizzard wreaked havoc in the US and Canada.

The blizzard killed eighteen people, cancelled many flights and left 700,000 without electricity.
1999

Mario Party was released in North America for the Nintendo 64.

It was the first installment in the Mario Party series and was followed by Mario Party 2 on January 24, 2000.
1994

American actor, Jack Nicholson got road rage and decided to smash the windscreen of someone’s car with a golf club.

The outburst set him back $500,000 USD which he used to pay off the victim so he would drop any charges.
Source LA Times
1992

Right Said Fred hit #1 on the US Hot 100 Charts with “I’m too Sexy.”

1974

The crew of Skylab 4 returned to Earth.

They returned after spending 84 days in space, making them the last crew to visit American space station Skylab.
1968

Planet of the Apes hit the theatres in New York City.

Source DW
1960

Queen Elizabeth II announced that the Royal family are called Windsor, while her offspring are named Mountbatten-Windsor.

OTD in 1960: Queen Elizabeth II announced that the Royal family are called Windsor
Source Express
1926

Walt Disney Studios was formed after previously being known as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.

1924

The first state execution in the US was performed in the state of Nevada.

Gee Jon, a Chinese national, was the first person in the United States to be executed by lethal gas.
1855

Mysterious hoof-like footprints were discovered stretching up to 100 miles (160 km) of snow in Devon, England.

OTD in 1855: Mysterious hoof-like footprints were discovered stretching up to 100 miles (160 km) of snow in Devon
The prints were believed to be the tracks of Satan.
1622

English parliament was dissolved by King James I of England after a disagreement about his son Charles marrying Princess Maria of Spain.

Did you know that on this day, February 8th 1968, “Planet of the Apes” hit the theaters in New York City?