Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/February 8

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This is a list of selected February 8 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Blurb Reason
Prešeren Day in Slovenia lots of {{cn}} tags
1575Leiden University, the oldest and highest-ranked university in the Netherlands, was founded by William, Prince of Orange. refimprove section
1849 – The Roman Republic was proclaimed. refimprove
1879 – At a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute, engineer and inventor Sandford Fleming first proposed the adoption of worldwide standard time zones based on a single universal world time. Fleming: refimprove; Time: refimprove section
1885 – The first government-approved Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii. refimprove section
1887 – The Dawes Act, a law meant to help the assimilation of Native Americans into American society, but which instead had a negative effect, was signed by President Grover Cleveland. neutrality issues
1904 – The Russo-Japanese War began with a surprise torpedo attack by the Japanese on Russian ships near present-day Lüshunkou, China. War: refimprove section; Battle: refimprove
1950 – The Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, was established. refimprove section
1968 – Local police in Orangeburg, South Carolina, fired into a crowd of people who were protesting segregation, killing three and injuring twenty-seven others. refimprove section
1969 – The Allende meteorite, the largest carbonaceous chondrite ever found on Earth, fell near Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico. refimprove
1979Denis Sassou Nguesso was chosen as the new President of the Republic of the Congo after Joachim Yhombi-Opango was forced from power. lots of CN tags


February 8

Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots

Guercino (b. 1591) · John Ruskin (b. 1819) · A. Chandranehru (d. 2005)

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