What happened this day in history December 8

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 342nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 23 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 25, 2021 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,315,360 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 ‘trihectatetracontadigon’ 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 55 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 3,274 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 8 Historical Events

  • 1660
    A woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare’s play Othello.
  • 1962
    Workers at four New York City newspapers (this later increases to nine) go on strike for 114 days.
  • 1966
    The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.
  • 1974
    A plebiscite results in the abolition of monarchy in Greece.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    The Australian Cricket Board’s cover-up of Shane Warne and Mark Waugh’s involvement with bookmakers is revealed.
  • 2002
    The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be “CARICOM-Cuba Day”—to celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
  • 2004
    The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
  • 2007
    Benazir Bhutto, first and only female former Prime Minister of Pakistan, had her PPP Office stormed by unidentified gunmen. Three supporters are killed.
  • 2009
    Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.

Who were born on December 8?

  • 1928
    Ulric Neisser, American cognitive psychologist
  • 1950
    Rick Baker, American film makeup artist
  • 1962
    Marty Friedman, American guitarist
  • 1964
    Chigusa Nagayo, Japanese wrestler
  • 1968
    Michael Cole, American professional wrestling commentator
  • 1977
    Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer
  • 1978
    Frédéric Piquionne, France footballer
  • 1982
    Halil Altıntop, Turkish footballer
  • 1982
    Nicki Minaj, rapper and singer-songwriter
  • 1982
    Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer

Who died on December 8?

  • 1649
    Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1613)
  • 1709
    Thomas Corneille, French dramatist (b. 1625)
  • 1914
    Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer, in the Battle of the Falkland Islands (b. 1861)
  • 1938
    Friedrich Glauser, Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • 1982
    Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist (b. 1951)
  • 1983
    Slim Pickens, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1992
    William Shawn, American magazine editor (b. 1917)
  • 1999
    Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2008
    Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete (b. 1967)
  • 2008
    Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930).

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