Historical Events for 8th February 2023

1627 – Gunpowder is used in a mining operation instead of mechanical tools in present-day Slovakia, reportedly the first time explosives had been used in mining
1735 – First opera performance in North American colonies “Flora” opens in Charleston, South Carolina
1744 – French and Spanish fleet leave Toulon
1862 – Battle of Roanoke Island NC, Federals gain control of Pamlico Sound
1924 – 1st US coast-to-coast radio hookup: General John Joseph Carty speech in Chicago
1930 – “Happy Days Are Here Again” by Benny Mereoff hits #1
1960 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name “Mountbatten-Windsor”.
1963 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1967 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
2009 – Singer Rihanna cancels appearance at the Grammys after being assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown

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