The London Iraqi exiles admits that information supplied as a key piece of intelligence might have been false (but provided in good faith). The CX report information was one of the items of intelligence on Saddam Hussein's possible use of WMD.
In a BBC interview, Dr. Hans Blix accuses the U.S. and British governments of dramatising the threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in order to strengthen the case for the 2003 invasion.
Saturday, February 8, 2003
Sections of a 'dodgy dossier' issued by the UK government, which purported to present the latest British intelligence about Iraq, and which had been cited by Tony Blair and Colin Powell as evidence for the need for war, were criticized as plagiarisms. They had been copied without permission from a number of sources including "Jane's Intelligence Review" and a 12-year-old doctoral thesis of a Californian student that had been published in the US journal "Middle East Review of International Affairs". Some sentences were copied word-for-word, and spelling mistakes had been reproduced from the original articles. Downing Street responded by saying that the government had never claimed exclusive authorship and that the information was accurate.
The opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, which are held in Salt Lake City.
Thursday, February 8, 2001
Tuesday, February 8, 2000
' plane collides with that of a student pilot over Zion, Illinois.
Thursday, February 8, 1996
, after "Dateline NBC
" allegedly rigged 2 crashes showing that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC
settles the lawsuit the following day.
Saturday, February 8, 1992
Wednesday, February 8, 1984
The 1984 Winter Olympics open in Sarajevo, SFRY.
Wednesday, February 8, 1978
Sixteen Unification Church couples wed in New York, New York.
The first computer bulletin board system ("CBBS") is created in Chicago.
Somalia mobilizes its troops, due to an apparent Ethiopian attack.
, one of only two remaining white-ruled African nations, announces that it will accept multiracial democracy within two years.
Serial killer Ted Bundy is captured in Pensacola, Florida.
After a record 84 days in orbit, the crew of "Skylab 4" returns to Earth.
Apollo program: "Apollo 14" returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.
Saturday, February 8, 1969
Thursday, February 8, 1968
Madison Square Garden in New York City opens.
Tuesday, February 8, 1966
The National Hockey League expands to twelve teams.
Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy Administration.
Wednesday, February 8, 1950
Saturday, February 8, 1947
Saturday, February 8, 1941
WWII ndash The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Lend-Lease Act (260–165).
February 27 ndash Spanish Civil War ndash Battle of Jarama: Nationalist and government troops fight to a stalemate.
Sean O'Casey's "Plough and Stars" opens at Abbey Theater in Dublin.
Thursday, February 8, 1900
Tuesday, February 8, 1887
The Dawes Act
, or the General Allotment Act, is enacted.
The British fleet enters Turkish waters and anchors off Istanbul
Russia threatens to occupy Istanbul
but does not carry out the threat.
Thursday, February 8, 1849
Wednesday, February 8, 1826
Thursday, February 8, 1816
Estonia emancipates its peasants from serfdom.
Wednesday, February 8, 1809
Franz I of Austria declares war on France.
Battle of Eylau: Napoleon fights a hard, but inconclusive battle against the Russians under Bennigsen.
An earthquake in London breaks chimneys in Limehouse and Poplar.
Thursday, February 8, 1725
Catherine I becomes Empress of Russia on the death of her husband, Peter the Great.
Tuesday, February 8, 1724
Thursday, February 8, 1601
Saturday, February 8, 1597
Saturday, February 8, 1592
Sunday, January 29, 1570 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, January 29, 1555 (Julianian calendar)
becomes the second Marian Protestant martyr in England, being led barefoot to his execution by burning at the stake.
Wednesday, January 29, 1550 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, February 5, 674 (Julianian calendar)
Japanese Buddhist Priest "Gisei" is made the rank of Junior Sōzu.
Monday, February 7, 421 (Julianian calendar)