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 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 84 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 25, 2023 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 28,278,720 minutes 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 125 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 3,943 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 8 Historical Events
Jeanne Mance opened the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the first lay hospital in North America.
The government of general José de San Martín establishes the Peruvian Navy.
Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens.
Eulmi incident- Queen Min of Joseon, the last empress of Korea, is assassinated and her corpse burnt by the Japanese in Gyeongbok Palace.
World War I: In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Corporal Alvin C. York kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132.
World War II: In their invasion of the Soviet Union, Germany reaches the Sea of Azov with the capture of Mariupol.
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.
U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
Who were born on October 8?
Jonathan Mayhew, American minister (d. 1766)
John Henninger Reagan, American politician (d. 1905)
Edward Rickenbacker, American fighter pilot and airline executive (d. 1973)
Julien Duvivier, French film director (d. 1967)
Paul Hogan, Australian actor
R. L. Stine, American author
Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor
Edward Zwick, American film director
Nick Bakay, American actor
Steven Bernstein, American jazz musician
Who died on October 8?
Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer (b. 1562)
John Greaves, English mathematician (b. 1602)
Andrew Kippis, English clergyman (b. 1725)
Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter (b. 1830)
Larry Semon, comedian (b. 1889)
William Henry Stark, American business leader (b. 1851)
Iry LeJeune, Cajun musician (b. 1928)
Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
B.J. Wilson, English musician (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)
Sheila Holland, English writer (b. 1937)
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