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What are the important events that happened on December 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 8 is the 343rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 23 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 25, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,685,920 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatetracontatrigon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 51 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,448 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 8 Historical Events

  • 1854
    In his Apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogmatic definition of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Virgin Mary was born free of original sin.
  • 1941
    Japanese forces simultaneously invade Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines. These happen concurrently with the Attack on Pearl Harbor, which was on December 7 in the United States.
  • 1987
    Frank Vitkovic shoots and kills eight people at the Australia Post building in Melbourne, before jumping to his death.
  • 1987
    The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed.
  • 1998
    Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.

Who were born on December 8?

  • 1818
    Charles III, Prince of Monaco, founder of the Monte Carlo casino (d. 1889)
  • 1943
    Ken Johnson, American professional wrestling manager
  • 1965
    Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress
  • 1968
    Mike Mussina, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Liu Song, Chinese snooker player

Who died on December 8?

  • 1632
    Philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)
  • 1885
    William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1821)
  • 1954
    Gladys George, American stage and screen actress
  • 1983
    Slim Pickens, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1984
    Luther Adler, American actor (b. 1903)

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