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 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

  • 1573
    End of the Spanish siege of Alkmaar, the first Dutch victory in Eighty Years War.
  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1806
    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.
  • 1879
    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.
  • 1962
    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.
  • 1970
    Vietnam War: In Paris, a Communist delegation rejects US President Richard Nixon’s October 7 peace proposal as “a maneuver to deceive world opinion”.
  • 1978
    Australia’s Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.
  • 1990
    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.
  • 1998
    Oslo’s Gardermoen airport opens after the close down of Fornebu airport.
  • 2001
    U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

Who were born on October 8?

  • 1848
    Pierre De Geyter, Belgian socialist and composer. Wrote the music for the song The International (d. 1932)
  • 1850
    Henri Louis le Chatelier, French chemist (d. 1936)
  • 1910
    Paulette Dubost, French actress (d. 2011)
  • 1952
    Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician
  • 1962
    Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver
  • 1967
    Emily Procter, American actress
  • 1967
    Yvonne Reyes, Venezuelan actress
  • 1968
    Zvonimir Boban, Croatian footballer
  • 1969
    Jeremy Davies, American actor
  • 1985
    Eiji Wentz, Japanese entertainer

Who died on October 8?

  • 1659
    Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary
  • 1735
    Yongzheng Emperor of China (b. 1678)
  • 1754
    Henry Fielding, English author (b. 1707)
  • 1886
    Austin F. Pike, American politician (b. 1819)
  • 1953
    Nigel Bruce, British actor (b. 1895)
  • 1958
    Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
  • 1992
    Willy Brandt, Chancellor of Germany, Nobel laureate (b. 1913)
  • 2004
    James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • 2010
    Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)

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