1807 – Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins the English sculptor was born on the 8th February 1807 (died 1889).
1822 – Maxime Du Camp the French photographer and journalist was born on the 8th February 1822 (died 1894).
1880 – Franz Marc the German painter was born on the 8th February 1880 (died 1916).
1909 – Elisabeth Murdoch the Australian philanthropist was born on the 8th February 1909 (died 2012).
1925 – Jack Lemmon the American actor, singer, and director was born on the 8th February 1925 (d. 2001).
1931 – James Dean the American actor was born on the 8th February 1931 (d. 1955).
1941 – Nick Nolte the American actor was born on the 8th February 1941.
1944 – Sebastião Salgado the Brazilian photographer was born on the 8th February 1944.
1960 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council on the 8th February 1960, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name Mountbatten-Windsor.
1960 – The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the 8th February 1960.
1963 – The First full Color Television program in the World, publicly advertised, was broadcast in Mexico City by XHGC-TV, Channel 5 on the 8th February 1963, due to technical breakthrough advances made by Mexican Engineer Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena.
1974 – Seth Green the American actor, screenwriter and producer was born on the 8th February 1974.
1977 – Yucef Merhi the Venezuelan-American poet and graphic designer was born on the 8th February 1977.
1983 – The Melbourne dust storm hit on the 8th February 1983, as a result of the worst drought on record, causing a day of severe weather conditions, when a 320 metres (1,050 ft) deep dust cloud enveloped the city, turning day to night.
1990 ~ Bethany Hamilton the American professional surfer and survivor of a shark attack was born on the 8th February 1990, in Hawaii. Bethany Hamilton had her left arm bitten off by a 14 to 15 foot tiger shark on the 31st October 2003, at the age of 13, while having a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai with best friend Alana Blanchard and her father and brother. Bethany overcame the injury and returned to professional surfing. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In 2011 the feature film Soul Surfer was released, based on the book.
1996 – The massive Internet collaboration 24 Hours in Cyberspace took place on the 8th February 1996.
2010 – A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan triggered a series of about 36 avalanches on the 8th February 2010, burying over two miles of road, killing at least 172 people and trapping over 2,000 travellers.