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What are the important events that happened on December 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 8 is the 343rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 23 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 25, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,685,920 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 ‘trihectatetracontatrigon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 51 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 1,448 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 8 Historical Events

  • 1912
    Leaders of the German Empire hold an Imperial War Council to discuss the possibility that war might break out.
  • 1941
    United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be “a date which will live in infamy”, after which the U.S. and the Republic of China declare war against Japan.
  • 1966
    The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.
  • 1980
    John Lennon, an English musician (former member of The Beatles), and peace activist, is murdered by Mark David Chapman, a mentally unstable fan, in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City.
  • 1991
    The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.

Who were born on December 8?

  • 1902
    Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (d. 1982)
  • 1935
    Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player
  • 1941
    Bobby Elliott, English musician (Drummer for The Hollies)
  • 1968
    Michael Cole, American professional wrestling commentator
  • 1977
    Elsa Benítez, Mexican supermodel

Who died on December 8?

  • 1779
    Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
  • 1793
    Madame du Barry, last royal mistress of France, guillotined (b. 1743)
  • 1963
    Sarit Dhanarajata, Thai politician (b. 1908)
  • 1991
    Kimberly Bergalis, claimed to have contracted HIV from her dentist (b. 1968)
  • 2008
    Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer. (b. 1925)

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