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

November 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

November 8 is the 312nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 53 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 26, 2017 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,510,099,200 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 ‘trihectadecadigon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 103 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 1,783 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 8 Historical Events

  • 1576
    Eighty Years’ War: Pacification of Ghent – The States-General of the Netherlands meet and unite to oppose Spanish occupation.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The “Trent Affair” – The USS San Jacinto stops the United Kingdom mail ship Trent and arrests two Confederate envoys, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US.
  • 1892
    The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time.
  • 1917
    The People’s Commissars give authority to Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Joseph Stalin.
  • 1939
    Venlo Incident: Two British agents of SIS are captured by the Germans.
  • 1942
    World War II: French resistance coup in Algiers, in which 400 civilian French patriots neutralize Vichyist XIXth Army Corps after 15 hours of fighting, and arrest several Vichyst generals, allowing the immediate success of Operation Torch in Algiers.
  • 1957
    Operation Grapple X, Round C1: Britain conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific.
  • 1966
    Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.
  • 1966
    U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law an antitrust exemption allowing the National Football League to merge with the upstart American Football League.
  • 1987
    Remembrance Day Bombing: A Provisional IRA bomb explodes in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland during a ceremony honouring those who had died in wars involving British forces. Twelve people are killed and sixty-three wounded.

Who were born on November 8?

  • 1788
    Mihály Bertalanits Slovene poet and teacher in Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1853)
  • 1866
    Herbert Austin, English automobile pioneer (d. 1941)
  • 1920
    Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian cardinal
  • 1947
    Minnie Riperton, American singer (d. 1979)
  • 1958
    Ken Lamberton, American writer, former teacher, and convicted sex offender
  • 1959
    Chi Chi LaRue, American pornographic producer
  • 1977
    Nick Punto, American baseball player
  • 1980
    Luís Fabiano, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981
    Azura Skye, American actress
  • 1982
    Mika Kallio, Finnish Grand Prix motorcycle racer

Who died on November 8?

  • 955
    Pope Agapetus II
  • 1817
    Andrea Appiani, Italian painter (b. 1754)
  • 1887
    Doc Holliday, American gambler and gunfighter (b. 1851)
  • 1949
    Cyriel Verschaeve, Flemish clergyman (b. 1874)
  • 1968
    Wendell Corey, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2002
    Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher (b. 1931)
  • 2003
    Bob Grant, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 2003
    Guy Speranza, American singer (Riot) (b. 1956)
  • 2010
    Jack Levine, American painter (b. 1915)
  • 2010
    Quintin Dailey, American basketball player (b. 1961)

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