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 312th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 53 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 26, 2023 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,699,401,600 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 ‘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 94 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 3,974 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.
The Battle of White Mountain takes place near Prague, ending in a decisive Catholic victory in only two hours.
Mary Lyon founds Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, which later becomes Mount Holyoke College.
Spanish Civil War: Francoist troops fail in their effort to capture Madrid, but begin the 3-year Siege of Madrid afterwards.
The Nazi exhibition Der ewige Jude (“The Eternal Jew”) opens in Munich.
World War II: French resistance coup in Algiers, in which 400 civilian French patriots neutralize Vichyist XIXth Army Corps after 15 hours of fighting, and arrest several Vichyst generals, allowing the immediate success of Operation Torch in Algiers.
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.
Manolis Andronikos, a Greek archaeologist and professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina.
The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324600 km), the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since mpl 2010 XC in 1976.
Who were born on November 8?
Elisabeth Christine von Braunschweig-Bevern, wife of Frederick II of Prussia (d. 1797)
Désirée Clary, queen of Sweden (d. 1860)
Roy Wood, English songwriter and musician (Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Wizzard)
Albert Bittlmayer, German footballer (d. 1977)
John Musker, American animation director
Michael D. Brown, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency director
Keith Jones, Canadian hockey player
Penny Heyns, South African swimmer
Holly Walsh, British comedian, comedy writer and TV and radio presenter
Magda Apanowicz, Canadian actress
Who died on November 8?
Louis the Child of the East Franks (b. 893)
King Louis VIII of France (b. 1187)
Robert Catesby, English conspirator (b. 1573)
John Milton, English poet (b. 1608)
Michel Rolle, French mathematician (b. 1652)
Victor Borisov-Musatov, Russian painter (b. 1870)
Leon Štukelj, Slovenian gymnast (b. 1898)
Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1941)
Hannspeter Winter, Austrian plasma physicist (b. 1941)
Emilio Eduardo Massera, Argentine naval officer and National Reorganization Process figure (b. 1925)
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