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 281st day of the year 2019 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, 2019 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 436,248 hours 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 ‘dihectaoctacontahenagon’ day.
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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 109 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 2,482 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 8 Historical Events
At Chalcedon, a city of Bithynia in Asia Minor, the first session of the Council of Chalcedon begins (ends on November 1).
Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens.
Four major fires break out on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Peshtigo, Wisconsin, Holland, Michigan, and Manistee, Michigan including the Great Chicago Fire, and the much deadlier Peshtigo Fire.
Edmonton, Alberta was incorporated as a city.
World War II: The Battle of Crucifix Hill occurs on Crucifix Hill just outside Aachen. Capt. Bobbie Brown receives a Medal of Honor for his heroics in this battle.
Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.
Australia’s Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.
Poland bans Solidarity and all trade unions.
Oslo’s Gardermoen airport opens after the close down of Fornebu airport.
Who were born on October 8?
Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor (d. 1956)
Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party (d. 2000)
Kirk Alyn, American actor (d. 1999)
Paulette Dubost, French actress (d. 2011)
Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor
Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver
Igor Jijikine, Russian actor
Michael Fraser, Scottish footballer
Armand Traoré, French footballer
Molly C. Quinn, American actress
Who died on October 8?
Andrew Kippis, English clergyman (b. 1725)
Sergei Chaplygin, Soviet engineer (b. 1869)
Iry LeJeune, Cajun musician (b. 1928)
Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer, lyricist (b. 1902)
Fernando Lamas, Argentine actor (b. 1915)
Konstantinos Tsatsos, 2nd President of Greece (b. 1899)
Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1974)
Constantine Andreou, Greek artist (b. 1917)
Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)
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