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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, 1,481,155,200 seconds 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

  • 1432
    The first battle between the forces of Švitrigaila and Sigismund Kęstutaitis is fought near the town of Oszmiana (Ashmyany), launching the most active phase of the Lithuanian Civil War.
  • 1907
    King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
  • 1912
    Leaders of the German Empire hold an Imperial War Council to discuss the possibility that war might break out.
  • 1998
    The Australian Cricket Board’s cover-up of Shane Warne and Mark Waugh’s involvement with bookmakers is revealed.
  • 2009
    Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.

Who were born on December 8?

  • 1919
    Peter Tali Coleman, American politician and 43rd, 51st and 53rd Governor of American Samoa (d. 1997)
  • 1922
    Lucian Freud, English painter (d. 2011)
  • 1941
    Sir Geoff Hurst, English footballer
  • 1954
    Gadowar Singh Sahota, Indian professional wrestler
  • 1972
    Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer

Who died on December 8?

  • 1768
    Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1702)
  • 1917
    Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)
  • 1952
    Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)
  • 1975
    Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • 1984
    Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)

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