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

  • 1907
    King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
  • 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
    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.
  • 1972
    United Airlines Flight 553 crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.
  • 1998
    Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
  • 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.

Who were born on December 8?

  • 1861
    Aristide Maillol, French sculptor (d. 1944)
  • 1861
    Georges Méliès, French filmmaker (d. 1938)
  • 1886
    Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (d. 1957)
  • 1947
    Chava Alberstein, Israeli singer, lyricist, composer, and musical arranger
  • 1950
    Dan Hartman, American musician (Edgar Winter Group) (d. 1994)
  • 1953
    Sam Kinison, American comedian (d. 1992)
  • 1956
    Andrew Edge English musician
  • 1978
    Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1979
    José Peña, Venezuelan track and field athlete
  • 1982
    Nicki Minaj, rapper and singer-songwriter

Who died on December 8?

  • 899
    Arnulf of Carinthia (b. 850)
  • 1643
    John Pym, English statesman (b. 1583)
  • 1649
    Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1613)
  • 1744
    Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle duchess de Châteauroux, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1717)
  • 1917
    Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)
  • 1991
    Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 2006
    Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2009
    Kenneth Biros, American murderer (b. 1958)

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