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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 84 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 25, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,602,115,200 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.
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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 127 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 2,848 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 8 Historical Events
End of the Spanish siege of Alkmaar, the first Dutch victory in Eighty Years War.
Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
Napoleonic Wars: Forces of the British Empire lay siege to the port of Boulogne in France by using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve.
War of the Pacific: the Chilean Navy defeats the Peruvian Navy in the Battle of Angamos, Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau is killed in the encounter.
Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes the article “Bedingt abwehrbereit” (“Conditionally prepared for defense”) about a NATO manoeuver called “Fallex 62”, which uncovered the sorry state of the Bundeswehr (Germany’s army) facing the communist threat from the east at the time. The magazine is soon accused of treason.
Vietnam War: In Paris, a Communist delegation rejects US President Richard Nixon’s October 7 peace proposal as “a maneuver to deceive world opinion”.
Australia’s Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: In Jerusalem, Israeli police kill 17 Palestinians and wound over 100 near the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount.
Oslo’s Gardermoen airport opens after the close down of Fornebu airport.
U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
Who were born on October 8?
Pierre De Geyter, Belgian socialist and composer. Wrote the music for the song The International (d. 1932)
Henri Louis le Chatelier, French chemist (d. 1936)
Paulette Dubost, French actress (d. 2011)
Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician
Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver
Emily Procter, American actress
Yvonne Reyes, Venezuelan actress
Zvonimir Boban, Croatian footballer
Jeremy Davies, American actor
Eiji Wentz, Japanese entertainer
Who died on October 8?
Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary
Yongzheng Emperor of China (b. 1678)
Henry Fielding, English author (b. 1707)
Austin F. Pike, American politician (b. 1819)
Nigel Bruce, British actor (b. 1895)
Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
Willy Brandt, Chancellor of Germany, Nobel laureate (b. 1913)
James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)
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