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 313rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 53 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 26, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 410,712 hours 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 ‘trihectadecatrigon’ 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 81 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 1,418 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 8 Historical Events

  • 1520
    Stockholm Bloodbath begins: A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces results in the execution of around 100 people.
  • 1602
    The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened to the public.
  • 1605
    Robert Catesby, ringleader of the Gunpowder Plotters, is killed.
  • 1620
    The Battle of White Mountain takes place near Prague, ending in a decisive Catholic victory in only two hours.
  • 1745
    Charles Edward Stuart invades England with an army of ~5000 that would later participate in the Battle of Culloden.
  • 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.
  • 1936
    Spanish Civil War: Francoist troops fail in their effort to capture Madrid, but begin the 3-year Siege of Madrid afterwards.
  • 1937
    The Nazi exhibition Der ewige Jude (“The Eternal Jew”) opens in Munich.
  • 1960
    John F. Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the twentieth century to become the 35th president of the United States.
  • 1966
    Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.

Who were born on November 8?

  • 1847
    Bram Stoker, Irish novelist (d. 1912)
  • 1885
    Hans Cloos, German geologist (d. 1951)
  • 1900
    Charlie Paddock, American athlete (d. 1943)
  • 1931
    Darla Hood, American actress (d. 1979)
  • 1949
    Bonnie Raitt, American singer
  • 1952
    John Denny, American baseball player
  • 1953
    Giorgos Foiros, Greek footballer and football manager
  • 1959
    Chi Chi LaRue, American pornographic producer
  • 1960
    Oleg Menshikov, Russian actor
  • 1982
    Sam Sparro, Australian producer, songwriter, performer, former child actor

Who died on November 8?

  • 1674
    John Milton, English poet (b. 1608)
  • 1895
    Robert Battey, American surgeon (b. 1828)
  • 1924
    Michele Merlo, American mafia figure (b. 1880)
  • 1983
    Mordecai Kaplan, Lithuanian-born American rabbi and educator (b. 1881)
  • 1998
    Jean Marais, French actor (b. 1913)
  • 1999
    Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1941)
  • 2007
    Chad Varah, English humanitarian (b. 1911)
  • 2010
    Alex Fagan, American law enforcement official (b. 1950)
  • 2010
    Jack Levine, American painter (b. 1915)
  • 2011
    Bil Keane, American cartoonist (b. 1922)

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