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

  • 1519
    Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration.
  • 1602
    The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened to the public.
  • 1837
    Mary Lyon founds Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, which later becomes Mount Holyoke College.
  • 1917
    The People’s Commissars give authority to Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Joseph Stalin.
  • 1942
    World War II: Operation Torch – United States and United Kingdom forces land in French North Africa.
  • 1957
    Operation Grapple X, Round C1: Britain conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific.
  • 1965
    The 173rd Airborne is ambushed by over 1,200 Viet Cong in Operation Hump during the Vietnam War, while the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment fight one of the first set-piece engagements of the war between Australian forces and the Vietcong at the Battle of Gang Toi.
  • 1965
    The Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965 is given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty in the United Kingdom.
  • 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?

  • 1723
    John Byron, British naval officer (d. 1786)
  • 1869
    Zinaida Gippius, Russian woman-poet in exile in France (d. 1945)
  • 1924
    Joe Flynn, American actor (d. 1974)
  • 1955
    Patricia Barber, jazz & blues singer, pianist, songwriter
  • 1959
    Chi Chi LaRue, American pornographic producer
  • 1960
    Oleg Menshikov, Russian actor
  • 1978
    Maurice Evans, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Tim de Cler, Dutch footballer
  • 1980
    Luís Fabiano, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985
    Magda Apanowicz, Canadian actress

Who died on November 8?

  • 1887
    Doc Holliday, American gambler and gunfighter (b. 1851)
  • 1890
    César Franck, Belgian composer and organist (b. 1822)
  • 1905
    Victor Borisov-Musatov, Russian painter (b. 1870)
  • 1965
    Dorothy Kilgallen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1913)
  • 1970
    Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician (b. 1892)
  • 1979
    Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle (b. 1900)
  • 1983
    James Hayden, American actor (b. 1953)
  • 1985
    Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1899)
  • 2005
    Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    David Westheimer, American novelist (b. 1917)

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