What are the important events that happened on November 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
November 8: Facts & Myths About This Day
November 8 is the 313rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 53 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 26, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,604,793,600 seconds 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 ‘trihectadecatrigon’ day.
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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 96 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 2,879 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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November 8 Historical Events
The Battle of White Mountain takes place near Prague, ending in a decisive Catholic victory in only two hours.
The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time.
The People’s Commissars give authority to Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Joseph Stalin.
The Nazi exhibition Der ewige Jude (“The Eternal Jew”) opens in Munich.
World War II: Operation Torch – United States and United Kingdom forces land in French North Africa.
Korean War: United States Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown, while piloting an F-80 Shooting Star, shoots down two North Korean MiG-15s in the first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight in history.
Operation Grapple X, Round C1: Britain conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific.
The Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965 is given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty in the United Kingdom.
The Vienna Convention on Road Traffic is signed to facilitate international road traffic and to increase road safety by standardising the uniform traffic rules among the signatories.
Remembrance Day Bombing: A Provisional IRA bomb explodes in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland during a ceremony honouring those who had died in wars involving British forces. Twelve people are killed and sixty-three wounded.
Who were born on November 8?
Sarah Fielding, English writer (d. 1768)
Joe Flynn, American actor (d. 1974)
Peter Arundell, British racing driver
Virna Lisi, Italian actress
Rickie Lee Jones, American singer
Keith Jones, Canadian hockey player
Diana King, Jamaican singer
Tara Reid, American actress
Bucky Covington, American entertainer
Shyne (Moses Michael Leviy), Belizean-born rapper
Who died on November 8?
Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut (b. 1108)
King Louis VIII of France (b. 1187)
Witte Corneliszoon de With, Dutch naval officer (b. 1599)
Michele Merlo, American mafia figure (b. 1880)
Bernhard Zondek German-born Israeli gynecologist (b. 1891)
Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician (b. 1892)
James Hayden, American actor (b. 1953)
Andrey Nikolayevich Tychonoff, Russian mathematician (b. 1906)
Michael O'Donoghue, American writer (b. 1940)
Heavy D, American hip-hop artist. (b. 1967)
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