What happened this day in history October 8

What are the important events that happened on October 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 8 is the 282nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 84 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 25, 2024 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,728,345,600 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 ‘dihectaoctacontadigon’ day.

Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 113 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 4,309 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 8 Historical Events

  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1829
    Rail transport: Stephenson’s The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials.
  • 1856
    The Second Opium War between several western powers and China begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Perryville – Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halt the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg at Perryville, Kentucky.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany annexes Western Poland.
  • 1967
    Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.
  • 1969
    The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1974
    Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it is the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
  • 1991
    Croatia votes to sever constitutional relations with Yugoslavia, making the country fully independent
  • 2001
    A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.

Who were born on October 8?

  • 1807
    Harriet Taylor Mill, English feminist philosopher (d. 1858)
  • 1848
    Pierre De Geyter, Belgian socialist and composer. Wrote the music for the song The International (d. 1932)
  • 1917
    Danny Murtaugh, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • 1922
    Nils Liedholm, Swedish footballer and coach (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Alphons Egli, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 1924
    Thirunalloor Karunakaran, Indian poet (d.2006 )
  • 1928
    Neil Harvey, Australian cricketer
  • 1940
    Fred Cash, American singer (The Impressions)
  • 1948
    Claude Jade, French actress (d. 2006)
  • 1961
    Steven Bernstein, American jazz musician

Who died on October 8?

  • 1659
    Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary
  • 1754
    Henry Fielding, English author (b. 1707)
  • 1809
    James Elphinston, Scottish philologist (b. 1721)
  • 1944
    Wendell Willkie, American politician (b. 1892)
  • 1967
    Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1883)
  • 1977
    Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer, lyricist (b. 1902)
  • 1987
    Konstantinos Tsatsos, 2nd President of Greece (b. 1899)
  • 1990
    B.J. Wilson, English musician (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)
  • 1997
    Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • 2000
    Sheila Holland, English writer (b. 1937)

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