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

  • 1519
    Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration.
  • 1895
    While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.
  • 1939
    Venlo Incident: Two British agents of SIS are captured by the Germans.
  • 1942
    World War II: Operation Torch – United States and United Kingdom forces land in French North Africa.
  • 1966
    Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.
  • 1968
    The Vienna Convention on Road Traffic is signed to facilitate international road traffic and to increase road safety by standardising the uniform traffic rules among the signatories.
  • 1971
    Led Zeppelin releases “Led Zeppelin IV,” which becomes the third-best-selling album ever in the US.
  • 1976
    A series of earthquakes spreads panic in the city of Thessaloniki, which is evacuated.
  • 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”.
  • 2004
    War in Iraq: More than 10,000 U.S. troops and a small number of Iraqi army units participate in a siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.

Who were born on November 8?

  • 1884
    Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist (d. 1922)
  • 1885
    Hans Cloos, German geologist (d. 1951)
  • 1885
    Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japanese general (d. 1946)
  • 1924
    Joe Flynn, American actor (d. 1974)
  • 1931
    Morley Safer, American journalist
  • 1935
    Stratos Dionysiou, Greek singer (d. 1990)
  • 1954
    David Bret, Anglo-French biographer and broadcaster
  • 1957
    Porl Thompson, British musician (The Cure)
  • 1960
    Oleg Menshikov, Russian actor
  • 1987
    Sam Bradford, American football player and winner of the 2008 Heisman Trophy

Who died on November 8?

  • 955
    Pope Agapetus II
  • 1246
    Berenguela of Castile, wife of Alfonso IX of Castile (b. 1180)
  • 1600
    Natsuka Masaie, Japanese warlord (b. 1562)
  • 1817
    Andrea Appiani, Italian painter (b. 1754)
  • 1970
    Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician (b. 1892)
  • 1985
    Jacques Hnizdovsky, Ukrainian-born American painter and book illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2001
    Aristidis Moschos, Greek santouri player (b. 1930)
  • 2006
    Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (b. 1945)
  • 2009
    Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist (b. 1916)
  • 2011
    Bil Keane, American cartoonist (b. 1922)

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