8 February It Happened Today
1725 Death of Russia’s Peter the Great.
1819 Birth of the English writer John Ruskin.
1925 Birth of the American actor Jack Lemmon.
1931 Birth of the American actor James Dean.
1983 Racehorse Shergar is kidnapped from a stable in the Irish Republic and a ransom demand of £2 million is demanded. The horse is never seen again.