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, 1,510,099,200 seconds 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.
  • 1576
    Eighty Years’ War: Pacification of Ghent – The States-General of the Netherlands meet and unite to oppose Spanish occupation.
  • 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.
  • 1889
    Montana is admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
  • 1892
    The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time.
  • 1901
    Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    The Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965 is given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty in the United Kingdom.
  • 2011
    The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324600 km), the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since mpl 2010 XC in 1976.

Who were born on November 8?

  • 1847
    Bram Stoker, Irish novelist (d. 1912)
  • 1885
    Hans Cloos, German geologist (d. 1951)
  • 1920
    Esther Rolle, American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1944
    Bonnie Bramlett, American singer (Delaney, Bonnie & Friends)
  • 1946
    Roy Wood, English songwriter and musician (Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Wizzard)
  • 1952
    Jan Raas, Dutch cyclist
  • 1953
    Giorgos Foiros, Greek footballer and football manager
  • 1954
    David Bret, Anglo-French biographer and broadcaster
  • 1977
    Jully Black, Canadian R&B singer
  • 1978
    Maurice Evans, American basketball player

Who died on November 8?

  • 1171
    Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut (b. 1108)
  • 1873
    Breton de los Herreros, Spanish playwright (b. 1796)
  • 1945
    August von Mackensen, German field marshal (b. 1849)
  • 1953
    Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • 1978
    Norman Rockwell, American illustrator (b. 1894)
  • 2003
    C. Z. Guest, American socialite (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    David Westheimer, American novelist (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Dulce Saguisag, Filipino politician and former DSWD Secretary (b. 1943)
  • 2009
    Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist (b. 1916)
  • 2010
    Alex Fagan, American law enforcement official (b. 1950)

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