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
Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration.
Stockholm Bloodbath begins: A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces results in the execution of around 100 people.
American Civil War: The “Trent Affair” – The USS San Jacinto stops the United Kingdom mail ship Trent and arrests two Confederate envoys, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US.
While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.
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: 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.
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.
The right ear of John Paul Getty III is delivered to a newspaper together with a ransom note, convincing his father to pay 2.9 million USD.
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)
Mihály Bertalanits Slovene poet and teacher in Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1853)
Stylianos Pattakos, Greek army officer and member of the Greek military junta of 1967–1974
Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer, Nobel laureate (d. 2005)
Virna Lisi, Italian actress
Thanasis Pafilis, Greek politician
Jeff Blauser, American baseball player
Urmas Välbe, Estonian cross-country skier
Brett Lee, Australian cricketer
Steven Webb, English actor
Who died on November 8?
Duns Scotus, Scottish philosopher
Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (b. 1849)
John van Melle, South African author (b. 1887)
Dorothy Kilgallen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1913)
Jaime Montestrela, Portuguese writer (b. 1925)
Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian politician (b. 1890)
Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1941)
Bob Grant, English actor (b. 1932)
Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor (b. 1928)
David Westheimer, American novelist (b. 1917)
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