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, 25,168,320 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 ‘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

  • 1520
    Stockholm Bloodbath begins: A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces results in the execution of around 100 people.
  • 1837
    Mary Lyon founds Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, which later becomes Mount Holyoke College.
  • 1936
    Spanish Civil War: Francoist troops fail in their effort to capture Madrid, but begin the 3-year Siege of Madrid afterwards.
  • 1939
    In Munich, Adolf Hitler narrowly escapes the assassination attempt of Georg Elser while celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch.
  • 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.
  • 1957
    Operation Grapple X, Round C1: Britain conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific.
  • 1965
    The British Indian Ocean Territory is created, consisting of Chagos Archipelago, Aldabra, Farquhar and Des Roches islands.
  • 1965
    The Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965 is given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty in the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on November 8?

  • 30
    Marcus Cocceius Nerva, Roman Emperor (d. 98)
  • 1710
    Sarah Fielding, English writer (d. 1768)
  • 1904
    Cedric Belfrage English-born writer (d. 1990)
  • 1920
    Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian cardinal
  • 1922
    Christiaan Barnard, South African heart surgeon (d. 2001)
  • 1954
    David Bret, Anglo-French biographer and broadcaster
  • 1974
    Penny Heyns, South African swimmer
  • 1978
    Ali Karimi, Iranian footballer
  • 1978
    Maurice Evans, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Chris Rankin, New Zealand actor

Who died on November 8?

  • 1195
    Conrad of Hohenstaufen
  • 1599
    Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer (b. 1528)
  • 1658
    Witte Corneliszoon de With, Dutch naval officer (b. 1599)
  • 1921
    Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (b. 1849)
  • 1944
    Walter Nowotny, Austrian-born German fighter pilot (b. 1920)
  • 1945
    August von Mackensen, German field marshal (b. 1849)
  • 1959
    Frank Sherman Land, American Freemason (b. 1890)
  • 1970
    Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician (b. 1892)
  • 1977
    Tasos Giannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1931)
  • 1986
    Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian politician (b. 1890)

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