This Day in History on 8th February

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 8th February. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days


Important Events

1996 – The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
2005 – Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Tamil politician and former MP A. Chandranehru dies of injuries sustained in an ambush the previous day.
2010 – A freak storm in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan triggers a series of at least 36 avalanches, burying over two miles of road, killing at least 172 people and trapping over 2,000 travelers.
2013 – A blizzard disrupts transportation and leaves hundreds of thousands of people without electricity in the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada.
2014 – A hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia kills 15 Egyptian pilgrims with 130 others injured.


Birth/Birth Anniversary

1897 – Zakir Hussain, Indian academic and politician, 3rd president of India (d. 1969)

1941 – Jagjit Singh, Indian singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

1963 – Mohammad Azharuddin, Indian cricketer and politician

1964 – Santosh Sivan, Indian director, cinematographer, producer, and actor


Death/ Death Anniversary

2016 – Nida Fazli, Indian poet and songwriter (b. 1938)

Futher Reading

Month-wise This Day in History