What happened this day in history November 8

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

  • 1519
    Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration.
  • 1520
    Stockholm Bloodbath begins: A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces results in the execution of around 100 people.
  • 1861
    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.
  • 1895
    While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.
  • 1917
    The People’s Commissars give authority to Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Joseph Stalin.
  • 1937
    The Nazi exhibition Der ewige Jude (“The Eternal Jew”) opens in Munich.
  • 1942
    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.
  • 1968
    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.
  • 1973
    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.
  • 1987
    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?

  • 1710
    Sarah Fielding, English writer (d. 1768)
  • 1788
    Mihály Bertalanits Slovene poet and teacher in Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1853)
  • 1912
    Stylianos Pattakos, Greek army officer and member of the Greek military junta of 1967–1974
  • 1923
    Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer, Nobel laureate (d. 2005)
  • 1936
    Virna Lisi, Italian actress
  • 1954
    Thanasis Pafilis, Greek politician
  • 1965
    Jeff Blauser, American baseball player
  • 1966
    Urmas Välbe, Estonian cross-country skier
  • 1976
    Brett Lee, Australian cricketer
  • 1984
    Steven Webb, English actor

Who died on November 8?

  • 1308
    Duns Scotus, Scottish philosopher
  • 1921
    Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (b. 1849)
  • 1953
    John van Melle, South African author (b. 1887)
  • 1965
    Dorothy Kilgallen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1913)
  • 1975
    Jaime Montestrela, Portuguese writer (b. 1925)
  • 1986
    Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian politician (b. 1890)
  • 1999
    Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1941)
  • 2003
    Bob Grant, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    David Westheimer, American novelist (b. 1917)

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