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 2022 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, 2022 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,840,960 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 45 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 3,639 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.
  • 1912
    Leaders of the German Empire hold an Imperial War Council to discuss the possibility that war might break out.
  • 1914
    A squadron of Britain’s Royal Navy defeats an inferior squadron of the Imperial German High Seas Fleet in the Battle of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.
  • 1927
    The Brookings Institution, one of the United States’ oldest think tanks, is founded through the merger of three organizations that had been created by philanthropist Robert S. Brookings.
  • 1941
    Japanese forces simultaneously invade Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines. These happen concurrently with the Attack on Pearl Harbor, which was on December 7 in the United States.
  • 1966
    The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.
  • 1987
    Frank Vitkovic shoots and kills eight people at the Australia Post building in Melbourne, before jumping to his death.
  • 1987
    The Alianza Lima air disaster occurs.
  • 1991
    The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • 1993
    The North American Free Trade Agreement is signed into law by US President Bill Clinton.

Who were born on December 8?

  • 1574
    Maria Anna of Bavaria, consort of Ferdinand II (d. 1616)
  • 1862
    Georges Feydeau, French playwright (d. 1921)
  • 1900
    Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (d. 1990)
  • 1937
    Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountaineer and businessman (d. 2004)
  • 1937
    James MacArthur, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1943
    Ken Johnson, American professional wrestling manager
  • 1949
    Ray Shulman, English musician
  • 1952
    Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Health Minister
  • 1967
    Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
  • 1983
    Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver

Who died on December 8?

  • 899
    Arnulf of Carinthia (b. 850)
  • 1722
    Liselotte von der Pfalz, Duchess of Orléans (b. 1652)
  • 1756
    William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat (b. 1690)
  • 1830
    Benjamin Constant, Swiss writer (b. 1767)
  • 1859
    Thomas De Quincey, English author (b. 1785)
  • 1940
    George Lloyd (bishop of Saskatchewan), Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)
  • 1966
    Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
  • 1984
    Luther Adler, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1984
    Razzle, English musician and drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)
  • 2006
    José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)

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