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, 419,472 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 ‘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

  • 1602
    The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened to the public.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The “Trent Affair” – The USS San Jacinto stops the United Kingdom mail ship Trent and arrests two Confederate envoys, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US.
  • 1889
    Montana is admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
  • 1895
    While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.
  • 1923
    Beer Hall Putsch: In Munich, Adolf Hitler leads the Nazis in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the German government.
  • 1939
    Venlo Incident: Two British agents of SIS are captured by the Germans.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    Led Zeppelin releases “Led Zeppelin IV,” which becomes the third-best-selling album ever in the US.
  • 1973
    The right ear of John Paul Getty III is delivered to a newspaper together with a ransom note, convincing his father to pay 2.9 million USD.

Who were born on November 8?

  • 1342
    Julian of Norwich, English saint (d. 1416)
  • 1836
    Milton Bradley, American game manufacturer (d. 1911)
  • 1837
    Ilia Chavchavadze, founding father of modern Georgia (d. 1907)
  • 1866
    Herbert Austin, English automobile pioneer (d. 1941)
  • 1883
    Arnold Bax, English composer (d. 1953)
  • 1933
    Peter Arundell, British racing driver
  • 1952
    Jerry Remy, American baseball player, color commentator
  • 1957
    Alan Curbishley, English football manager
  • 1981
    Joe Cole, English footballer
  • 1988
    Jessica Lowndes, Canadian actress

Who died on November 8?

  • 1517
    Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros, Spanish statesman and cardinal (b. 1436)
  • 1817
    Andrea Appiani, Italian painter (b. 1754)
  • 1974
    Ivory Joe Hunter, American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1983
    James Booker, American jazz singer (b. 1939)
  • 1986
    Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian politician (b. 1890)
  • 1999
    Leon Štukelj, Slovenian gymnast (b. 1898)
  • 2001
    Aristidis Moschos, Greek santouri player (b. 1930)
  • 2002
    Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Chad Varah, English humanitarian (b. 1911)
  • 2010
    Alex Fagan, American law enforcement official (b. 1950)

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