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 2024 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, 2024 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,728,345,600 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.

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 113 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 4,309 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 8 Historical Events

  • 1600
    San Marino adopts its written constitution.
  • 1829
    Rail transport: Stephenson’s The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials.
  • 1895
    Eulmi incident- Queen Min of Joseon, the last empress of Korea, is assassinated and her corpse burnt by the Japanese in Gyeongbok Palace.
  • 1918
    World War I: In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Corporal Alvin C. York kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132.
  • 1932
    The Indian Air Force is established.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany annexes Western Poland.
  • 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”.
  • 1973
    Yom Kippur War: Gabi Amir’s armored brigade attacks Egyptian occupied positions on the Israeli side of the Suez Canal, in hope of driving them away. The attack fails, and over 150 Israeli tanks are destroyed.
  • 1974
    Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it is the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
  • 1978
    Australia’s Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.

Who were born on October 8?

  • 1585
    Heinrich Schütz, German composer (d. 1672)
  • 1676
    Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro, Spanish scholar (d. 1764)
  • 1713
    Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi and Talmudist (d. 1793)
  • 1863
    Edythe Chapman, American actress (d. 1948)
  • 1913
    Robert Gilruth, American aviation and space pioneer (d. 2000)
  • 1950
    Robert Kool Bell, American musician (Kool & the Gang)
  • 1968
    Zvonimir Boban, Croatian footballer
  • 1970
    Anne-Marie Duff, English actress
  • 1970
    Soon-Yi Previn, Korean American actress
  • 1974
    Fredrik Modin, Swedish ice hockey player

Who died on October 8?

  • 1809
    James Elphinston, Scottish philologist (b. 1721)
  • 1936
    Red Ames, American baseball player (b. 1882)
  • 1952
    Joe Adams, American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • 1953
    Kathleen Ferrier, British contralto (b. 1912)
  • 1955
    Iry LeJeune, Cajun musician (b. 1928)
  • 1970
    Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
  • 1985
    Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist (b. 1919)
  • 2000
    Sheila Holland, English writer (b. 1937)
  • 2002
    Phyllis Calvert, British actress (b. 1915)
  • 2010
    Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)

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