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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

  • 1907
    King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
  • 1972
    United Airlines Flight 553 crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45.
  • 1987
    An Israeli army tank transporter kills four Palestinian refugees and injures seven others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the Israel–Gaza Strip border, sparking the First Intifada.
  • 1988
    A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany, killing 5 people and injuring 50 others.
  • 2010
    With the second launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the first launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

Who were born on December 8?

  • 1795
    Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (d. 1874)
  • 1909
    Gratien Gélinas, French-Canadian playwright and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1916
    Richard Fleischer, American film director (d. 2006)
  • 1927
    Vladimir Shatalov, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1986
    Kate Voegele, American musician

Who died on December 8?

  • 1768
    Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1702)
  • 1984
    Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  • 2001
    Mirza Delibašić, Bosnian basketball player (b. 1954)
  • 2008
    Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete (b. 1967)
  • 2009
    Kenneth Biros, American murderer (b. 1958)

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