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, 1,478,563,200 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 ‘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.
  • 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.
  • 1895
    While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.
  • 1933
    Great Depression: New Deal – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million of the unemployed.
  • 1942
    World War II: Operation Torch – United States and United Kingdom forces land in French North Africa.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on November 8?

  • 1847
    Jean Casimir-Perier, French politician (d. 1907)
  • 1884
    Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist (d. 1922)
  • 1920
    Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian cardinal
  • 1929
    António Castanheira Neves, Portuguese philosopher
  • 1955
    Patricia Barber, jazz & blues singer, pianist, songwriter
  • 1971
    Aaron Yates (Tech N9NE), American rapper
  • 1971
    Carlos Atanes, Spanish film director
  • 1974
    Seishi Kishimoto, Japanese manga author
  • 1982
    Lynndie England, former U.S. Army reservist, associated with Abu Ghraib
  • 1983
    Blanka Vlašić, Croatian high jumper

Who died on November 8?

  • 1599
    Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer (b. 1528)
  • 1605
    Robert Catesby, English conspirator (b. 1573)
  • 1674
    John Milton, English poet (b. 1608)
  • 1817
    Andrea Appiani, Italian painter (b. 1754)
  • 1949
    Cyriel Verschaeve, Flemish clergyman (b. 1874)
  • 1977
    Tasos Giannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1931)
  • 1983
    James Booker, American jazz singer (b. 1939)
  • 1986
    Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian politician (b. 1890)
  • 1992
    Larry Levan, American DJ (b. 1954)
  • 2002
    Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher (b. 1931)

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