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 312nd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 53 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 26, 2019 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,573,171,200 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 ‘trihectadecadigon’ 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 78 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 2,513 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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November 8 Historical Events
Stockholm Bloodbath begins: A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces results in the execution of around 100 people.
The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened to the public.
Charles Edward Stuart invades England with an army of ~5000 that would later participate in the Battle of Culloden.
Montana is admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
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.
Venlo Incident: Two British agents of SIS are captured by the Germans.
World War II: Operation Torch – United States and United Kingdom forces land in French North Africa.
The Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965 is given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty in the United Kingdom.
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law an antitrust exemption allowing the National Football League to merge with the upstart American Football League.
Who were born on November 8?
Julian of Norwich, English saint (d. 1416)
Edmond Halley, British astronomer and mathematician (d. 1742)
Bucky Harris, baseball player (d. 1977)
Joe Flynn, American actor (d. 1974)
Chris Connor, American jazz singer (d. 2009)
Driss Basri, Moroccan Interior Minister (d. 2007)
Mari Boine, Norwegian musician who added jazz & rock to the yoiks of the Sami people
Oleg Menshikov, Russian actor
Diana King, Jamaican singer
Dania Ramírez, Dominican actress
Who died on November 8?
Berenguela of Castile, wife of Alfonso IX of Castile (b. 1180)
John Milton, English poet (b. 1608)
Cyriel Verschaeve, Flemish clergyman (b. 1874)
Dorothy Kilgallen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1913)
Huw Thomas Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician (b. 1892)
Norman Rockwell, American illustrator (b. 1894)
Rumer Godden, British writer (b. 1907)
Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (b. 1945)
Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist (b. 1916)
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