Historical events are a landmark of all the major changes that happened around the world. February 8 also marks some historical events, all of them different from each other. However, all of them are of equal significance. Some were political transformations, while others were in the field of entertainment or music. Let us have a deeper look into the events of February 8:
1837- Richard Johnson became the first US Vice-President to be selected by the Senate
Richard Mentor Johnson was the vice president of the United States, in power from 1837 to 1841. Although the ninth vice-president of the US, he was the first and the only vice president to be chosen by the Senate. This took place under the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment. It was also because of the democratic administration of US President Martin Van Buren. Before this, Johnson represented Kentucky in the US House of Representatives as well as the Senate.
1912- The first eastbound tans-continental flight of the US landed in Jacksonville, Florida
In the year 1912, a major development occurred in the American history of aviation. It was Robert Grant Fowler who completed the first west to east transcontinental flight. He flew almost 3000 miles. It started in Los Angeles and landed in Jacksonville, Florida. Before landing in the airport, Robert Fowler presented a little air show. He circled the field and performed dips and rise. It was a difficult journey, but he could finish it successfully. Initially, eight aviators entered for the first-ever transcontinental journey. Only three of them took off. In the end, it was Fowler who became the first aviator to travel from west to east.
1968- Premiere of “Planet of Apes” in New York
On February 8, 1968, the movie “Planet of Apes” premiered for the first time in New York City. It was based on the “La Planète des singes”, by Pierre Boulle. Thus, ‘Planet of Apes’ is turned into a franchise about comics, books, movies, and series. A science fiction about a world in which there is a clash between humans and apes. The film was a commercial and critical success.
1984- For the first time, eight individuals in space
Another major development happened on February 8, 1984. Ever since humans landed in space there had been several advancements. One of them was the presence of eight people in space simultaneuosly. Out of eight, three of the astronauts were from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR). The other five astronauts were from the United States (US). There were three missions in total. These were Salyut 7 EO-3, Soyuz T-10, and STS-41-B.
2006- Grammy Awards: Greenday and John Legend
The 48th Grammy Award Show took place on February 8 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Singer and songwriter John Legend won three Grammy awards at the event. These were in the category of Best R&B Album (Get Lifted), Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“Ordinary People”), and Best New Artist. Amongst the ‘other winners were the American rock band “Greenday”. It won Grammy Award for Record of the Year for its hit “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
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