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, 24,642,720 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 1837
    Mary Lyon founds Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, which later becomes Mount Holyoke College.
  • 1901
    Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.
  • 1939
    Venlo Incident: Two British agents of SIS are captured by the Germans.
  • 1950
    Korean War: United States Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown, while piloting an F-80 Shooting Star, shoots down two North Korean MiG-15s in the first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight in history.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    A series of earthquakes spreads panic in the city of Thessaloniki, which is evacuated.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441 – The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face “serious consequences”.

Who were born on November 8?

  • 1706
    Johann Ulrich von Cramer, German judge and philosopher (d. 1772)
  • 1723
    John Byron, British naval officer (d. 1786)
  • 1900
    Margaret Mitchell, American author (d. 1949)
  • 1912
    June Havoc, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1935
    Alain Delon, French actor
  • 1958
    Don Byron, American clarinetist
  • 1966
    Gordon Ramsay, British chef and reality television personality
  • 1970
    José Francisco Porras, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1974
    Penny Heyns, South African swimmer
  • 1982
    Mika Kallio, Finnish Grand Prix motorcycle racer

Who died on November 8?

  • 1195
    Conrad of Hohenstaufen
  • 1605
    Robert Catesby, English conspirator (b. 1573)
  • 1921
    Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (b. 1849)
  • 1977
    Tasos Giannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1931)
  • 1986
    Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian politician (b. 1890)
  • 2004
    Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • 2005
    Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor (b. 1928)
  • 2006
    Hannspeter Winter, Austrian plasma physicist (b. 1941)
  • 2007
    Chad Varah, English humanitarian (b. 1911)
  • 2007
    Dulce Saguisag, Filipino politician and former DSWD Secretary (b. 1943)

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