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

  • 1745
    Charles Edward Stuart invades England with an army of ~5000 that would later participate in the Battle of Culloden.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    In Munich, Adolf Hitler narrowly escapes the assassination attempt of Georg Elser while celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch.
  • 1939
    Venlo Incident: Two British agents of SIS are captured by the Germans.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1977
    Manolis Andronikos, a Greek archaeologist and professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina.
  • 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”.

Who were born on November 8?

  • 1922
    Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (d. 1996)
  • 1933
    Peter Arundell, British racing driver
  • 1949
    Bonnie Raitt, American singer
  • 1952
    Alfre Woodard, American actress
  • 1956
    Richard Curtis, British screenwriter
  • 1958
    Don Byron, American clarinetist
  • 1961
    Leif Garrett, American singer
  • 1961
    Micky Adams, English football manager
  • 1968
    Sergio Porrini, Italian footballer
  • 1974
    Penny Heyns, South African swimmer

Who died on November 8?

  • 1719
    Michel Rolle, French mathematician (b. 1652)
  • 1921
    Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (b. 1849)
  • 1953
    John van Melle, South African author (b. 1887)
  • 1959
    Frank Sherman Land, American Freemason (b. 1890)
  • 1970
    Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician (b. 1892)
  • 1978
    Norman Rockwell, American illustrator (b. 1894)
  • 1998
    John Hunt, Baron Hunt, British mountaineer (b. 1910)
  • 2005
    Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    David Westheimer, American novelist (b. 1917)
  • 2010
    Quintin Dailey, American basketball player (b. 1961)

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