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 343rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 23 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 25, 2024 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 481,560 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 ‘trihectatetracontatrigon’ day.

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 52 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 4,370 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 8 Historical Events

  • 1907
    King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    A plebiscite results in the abolition of monarchy in Greece.
  • 1982
    In Suriname, several opponents of the military government are killed.
  • 1987
    An Israeli army tank transporter kills four Palestinian refugees and injures seven others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the Israel–Gaza Strip border, sparking the First Intifada.
  • 1987
    Frank Vitkovic shoots and kills eight people at the Australia Post building in Melbourne, before jumping to his death.
  • 1987
    The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed.
  • 1993
    The North American Free Trade Agreement is signed into law by US President Bill Clinton.
  • 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.

Who were born on December 8?

  • 1939
    Jerry “The Iceman” Butler, American soul singer
  • 1941
    Ed Brinkman, American baseball player
  • 1946
    Sharmila Tagore, Indian Actress
  • 1963
    Greg Howe, Americal guitarist
  • 1965
    David Harewood, British actor
  • 1974
    Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  • 1975
    Jerrelle Clark, American wrestler
  • 1978
    Frédéric Piquionne, France footballer
  • 1979
    Ingrid Michaelson, American indie-pop singer-songwriter
  • 1982
    Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer

Who died on December 8?

  • 1632
    Philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)
  • 1691
    Richard Baxter, English clergyman (b. 1615)
  • 1745
    Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (b. 1683)
  • 1830
    Benjamin Constant, Swiss writer (b. 1767)
  • 1971
    Eleni Ourani, Greek writer (b. 1896)
  • 1982
    Marty Robbins, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 1984
    Razzle, English musician and drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)
  • 1998
    Michael Craze, British Actor (b.1942)
  • 2003
    Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • 2008
    Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete (b. 1967)

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