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 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

  • 451
    At Chalcedon, a city of Bithynia in Asia Minor, the first session of the Council of Chalcedon begins (ends on November 1).
  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1860
    Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens.
  • 1871
    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.
  • 1904
    Edmonton, Alberta was incorporated as a city.
  • 1944
    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.
  • 1967
    Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.
  • 1978
    Australia’s Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.
  • 1982
    Poland bans Solidarity and all trade unions.
  • 1998
    Oslo’s Gardermoen airport opens after the close down of Fornebu airport.

Who were born on October 8?

  • 1887
    Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor (d. 1956)
  • 1910
    Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party (d. 2000)
  • 1910
    Kirk Alyn, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1910
    Paulette Dubost, French actress (d. 2011)
  • 1948
    Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor
  • 1962
    Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver
  • 1964
    Igor Jijikine, Russian actor
  • 1983
    Michael Fraser, Scottish footballer
  • 1989
    Armand Traoré, French footballer
  • 1993
    Molly C. Quinn, American actress

Who died on October 8?

  • 1795
    Andrew Kippis, English clergyman (b. 1725)
  • 1942
    Sergei Chaplygin, Soviet engineer (b. 1869)
  • 1955
    Iry LeJeune, Cajun musician (b. 1928)
  • 1970
    Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
  • 1977
    Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer, lyricist (b. 1902)
  • 1982
    Fernando Lamas, Argentine actor (b. 1915)
  • 1987
    Konstantinos Tsatsos, 2nd President of Greece (b. 1899)
  • 2006
    Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1974)
  • 2007
    Constantine Andreou, Greek artist (b. 1917)
  • 2010
    Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)

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