Holidays Calendar for February 8, 2016

Prešeren Day, also referred to as the Slovene Culture Day or the Slovenian Cultural Holiday, is a public holiday observed in Slovenia on February 8. It marks the death anniversary of France Prešeren who is regarded as the greatest Slovene classical author and the country's national poet.

Chinese New Year is one of the major holidays in China. It's celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and continues to the fifteens day of the month, that is Lantern Festival. This makes the festival of New Year the longest in the Chinese calendar.


Shrove Monday (the Monday before Ash Wednesday) is the highlight of Carnival in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, the Faroe islands and some other countries. It is known as Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) in Germany and as Fastelavn in Scandinavia.


Parinirvana Day, also referred to as Nirvana Day, is a Buddhist holiday celebrated in East Asia on February 8 or February 15. Most Mahāyāna Buddhists celebrate it on February 15.

International Epilepsy Day is celebrated on the second Monday in February. It was launched as a local event in Warsaw in 2009 and became an international awareness day in 2015.


Day of Russian Science is an official professional observance held on February 8. It was declared by Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1999 and has been celebrated each year since 2000.

When did you appreciate the taste of molasses bar for the last time? It's time to remember and celebrate National Molasses Bar Day on February 8.


This Day in History

  • 2014 A fire occurred in a hotel in Medina, Saudi Arabia. It killed 15 Egyptian pilgrims who were staying at the hotel to perform the Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • 2007 Died: Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan), American model, actress, and TV personality who first gained popularity in Playboy.
  • 1999 Died: Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British novelist and philosopher who is considered to be one of the greatest British writers of the late 20th century.
  • 1998 Died: Halldór Laxness (born Halldór Guðjónsson), Icelandic writer who was awarded the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is the only Icelandic Nobel laureate.
  • 1996 The United States Congress passed the Communications Decency Act. It was the first notable attempt to regulate pornographic material on the Internet.
  • 1979 Died: Dennis Gabor (born Gábor Dénes), Hungarian and British physicist who was awarded the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing holography.
  • 1974 The crew of Skylab 4 returned to Earth after 84 days in space. It was the last crew to visit American space station Skylab.
  • 1974 Born: Seth Green, American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. He is the creator and executive producer of Robot Chicken.
  • 1971 The NASDAQ Stock Market began trading. It was the world's first electronic stock market. It is currently the largest stock exchange in the United States.
  • 1969 The Allende meteorite fell over the Mexican state of Chihuahua. It is the largest carbonaceous chondrite ever found on Earth and the best-studied meteorite in history.
  • 1968 The Orangeburg massacre occurred. 3 protesters demonstrating against racial segregation were shoot by the police, and 28 were injured.
  • 1968 Born: Gary Coleman, American actor who is best known for his childhood role as Arnold Jackson in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes.
  • 1960 Died: Giles Gilbert Scott, English architect. He is best known for designing the iconic red telephone box which is considered a British cultural icon.
  • 1957 Died: Walther Bothe, German nuclear physicist who received the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics sharing it with Max Born.
  • 1957 Died: John von Neumann, Hungarian and American mathematician, physicist, inventor, and polymath who made significant contributions to a number of fields.
  • 1950 The Ministry for State Security, also known as the State Security Service or the Stasi, was formed in the German Democratic Republic.
  • 1931 Born: James Dean, American actor who is considered a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment. His premature death in 1955 cemented his legendary status.
  • 1880 Born: Franz Marc, German painter and printmaker who was one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement. He was one of the founders of Der Blaue Reiter.
  • 1878 Born: Martin Buber, Austrian-born Israeli philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of existentialism.
  • 1865 Delaware voters rejected the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Delaware finally ratified the amendment on 12 February 1901.
  • 1855 The so-called Devil's Footprints appeared in the snow around the Exe Estuary in East Devon and South Devon, England. The accident has not been explained yet.
  • 1834 Born: Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist and inventor who is best known as the author of the Periodic Law and the periodic table of elements.
  • 1828 Born: Jules Verne, French novelist, playwright, and poet who is best known for his adventure novels. He is considered to the the forerunner of science fiction.
  • 1819 Born: John Ruskin, English art critic, art patron, writer, drafter, watercolorist, philanthropist, and social thinker. He made a great influence on the Pre-Raphaelites.
  • 1807 Napoleon defeated Russians in the Battle of Eylau, also known as the Battle of Preussisch-Eylau. Both sides suffered enormous loss.
  • 1752 Died: Peter the Great (also known as Peter I), the first Russian emperor. He lead a cultural revolution and made his country a major European power.
  • 1709 Died: Giuseppe Torelli, Italian violist, violinist, teacher, and composer best known for his contributions to the development of the instrumental concerto.
  • 1700 Born: Daniel Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and physicist, member of the famous dynasty of mathematicians. His name is commemorated in the Bernoulli principle.
  • 1587 Died: Mary, Queen of Scots (also known as Mary Stuart) who was Queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567 and Queen consort of France from 1559 to 1560. She was beheaded.
  • 412 Born: Proclus, Greek Neoplatonist philosopher who is considered to be one of the last major Classical philosophers.