February 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

February 8th is officially National Boys Scouts Day as well as Kite Flying Day.

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

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 interesting facts about February 8th in history!

What Events Happened On February 8 In History?

2013 A category 3 blizzard wreaked havoc in the US and Canada.

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

2009 R&B superstar Rihanna was assaulted by Chris Brown, her boyfriend at the time.

1999 Mario Party was released in North America for the Nintendo 64.

OTD in 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, which he used to pay off the victim so he would drop any charges.

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1992 Right Said Fred hit number one on the US Hot 100 Charts with “I’m too Sexy.”

1983 Shergar, the legendary Thoroughbred racehorse, was stolen by gunmen.

Shergar was retired after a successful season in 1981 and was valued at ten million pounds. The thieves, possibly IRA-backed, demanded a ransom of two million pounds. The ransom was not paid, and Shergar was never seen again.

1974 The crew of Skylab 4 returned to Earth.

After spending 84 days in space, they returned, making them the last crew to visit Skylab American space station.

1968 Planet of the Apes hit the theatres in New York City.


1960 Queen Elizabeth II announced that the Royal family is called Windsor, while her offspring are named Mountbatten-Windsor.

OTD in 1960: Queen Elizabeth II announced that the Royal family is called Windsor

1950 East Germany established their infamous State Security Service, otherwise known as the Stasi.

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 footprints 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.

Famous Quotes Said On February 8

Memorable quotes are being said or written every day. Here we have the most notable quote ever said on February 8.


“I’ve never been afraid to fail.”

– Michael Jordan

Famous People Born On February 8

If you were born on this day, you share the same birthday as James Dean! Here are some famous people born on this day.

1990 Klay Thompson

American Basketball Player

Klay Thompson
33 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1931 James Dean

American Actor

James Dean
Died On:
Sep 30, 1955 (Age 24)
Born In:
Indiana, USA

1974 Seth Green

American Actor

Seth Green
49 years old
Born In:
Pennsylvania, USA

1953 Mary Steenburgen

American Actress

Mary Steenburgen
70 years old
Born In:
Arkansas, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1542 - 1587 Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots was a Scottish queen born on December 8, 1542. She died on this day in 1587, at age 44 in Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire, England, UK.

Special Holidays On February 8

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

February 8: National Kite Flying Day

National Kite Flying Day

It’s time to get outside and enjoy a day of simple pleasures and childlike glee. So today, on Kite Flying Day, pick up a kite and head to your local park, and see if you can catch some gusts of wind!

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February 8: National Boys Scouts Day

National Boys Scouts Day

The Boy Scouts of America have been doing good deeds across the nation since they were incorporated on this day back in 1910, and they’re not gonna stop anytime soon! Celebrate some of America’s finest citizens today and help keep this wonderful tradition going.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Julius Caesar’s only son, Caesarion, was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Even though Cleopatra swears he is Caesar’s son, Caesar never officially acknowledged him.

February 8 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Aquarians are incredibly assertive, and once they have made their mind up about something, there is no changing it.

For those of you born in February, you have the Amethyst birthstone. Amethyst is often associated with stability, courage, and peace, which is perfect if you’re living in the cold, dark days of February.

Those who were born on this day were likely conceived the previous year on May 18.

Babies conceived on February 8th, 2023, will be due later this year around November 1st.

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