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What happened on December 8? There are more than 293 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 8

December 8 In HistoryDecember 8 is the 342nd day of the year 2017. There are 23 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 49th week of the year 2017.

On this day in Keene, Ohio 43828 sunrise occured at 01:38 PM and sunset occured at 11:01 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Sagittarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 73 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For December 8

  • 1432
    The first battle between the forces of Švitrigaila and Sigismund Kęstutaitis is fought near the town of Oszmiana (Ashmyany), launching the most active phase of the Lithuanian Civil War.
  • 1660
    A woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare’s play Othello.
  • 1854
    In his Apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogmatic definition of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Virgin Mary was born free of original sin.
  • 1907
    King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
  • 1912
    Leaders of the German Empire hold an Imperial War Council to discuss the possibility that war might break out.
  • 1914
    A squadron of Britain’s Royal Navy defeats an inferior squadron of the Imperial German High Seas Fleet in the Battle of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.
  • 1927
    The Brookings Institution, one of the United States’ oldest think tanks, is founded through the merger of three organizations that had been created by philanthropist Robert S. Brookings.
  • 1941
    Japanese forces simultaneously invade Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines. These happen concurrently with the Attack on Pearl Harbor, which was on December 7 in the United States.
  • 1941
    United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be “a date which will live in infamy”, after which the U.S. and the Republic of China declare war against Japan.
  • 1949
    United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is established to provide aid to Palestinian refugees who left their homes during the 1948 Palestinian exodus.
  • 1953
    United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his “Atoms for Peace” speech, and the U.S. launches its “Atoms for Peace” program that supplied equipment and information to schools, hospitals, and research institutions around the world.
  • 1962
    Workers at four New York City newspapers (this later increases to nine) go on strike for 114 days.
  • 1963
    Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707, is struck by lightning and crashes near Elkton, Maryland, United States, killing all 81 people on board.
  • 1966
    The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.
  • 1971
    Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Navy launches an attack on West Pakistan’s port city of Karachi.
  • 1972
    United Airlines Flight 553 crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45.
  • 1974
    A plebiscite results in the abolition of monarchy in Greece.
  • 1980
    John Lennon, an English musician (former member of The Beatles), and peace activist, is murdered by Mark David Chapman, a mentally unstable fan, in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City.
  • 1982
    In Suriname, several opponents of the military government are killed.
  • 1987
    An Israeli army tank transporter kills four Palestinian refugees and injures seven others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the Israel–Gaza Strip border, sparking the First Intifada.
  • 1987
    Frank Vitkovic shoots and kills eight people at the Australia Post building in Melbourne, before jumping to his death.
  • 1987
    The Alianza Lima air disaster occurs.
  • 1987
    The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed.
  • 1988
    A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany, killing 5 people and injuring 50 others.
  • 1991
    The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.
  • 1991
    The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • 1993
    The North American Free Trade Agreement is signed into law by US President Bill Clinton.
  • 1998
    Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
  • 1998
    The Australian Cricket Board’s cover-up of Shane Warne and Mark Waugh’s involvement with bookmakers is revealed.
  • 2002
    The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be “CARICOM-Cuba Day”—to celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
  • 2004
    The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
  • 2007
    Benazir Bhutto, first and only female former Prime Minister of Pakistan, had her PPP Office stormed by unidentified gunmen. Three supporters are killed.
  • 2009
    Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.
  • 2010
    With the second launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the first launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

Who Were Born On December 8?

  • 65 BC
    Horace, Roman poet (d. 8 BC)
  • 1542
    Mary, Queen of Scots (d. 1587)
  • 1574
    Maria Anna of Bavaria, consort of Ferdinand II (d. 1616)
  • 1626
    Queen Christina of Sweden (d. 1689)
  • 1678
    Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat (d. 1757)
  • 1699
    Queen Maria Josepha of Poland (d. 1757)
  • 1708
    Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1765)
  • 1730
    Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch physician, physiologist and botanist (d. 1799)
  • 1756
    Archduke Maximilian Franz of Austria (d. 1801)
  • 1765
    Eli Whitney, American inventor (d. 1825)
  • 1795
    Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (d. 1874)
  • 1815
    Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist (d. 1905)
  • 1816
    August Belmont, Sr., Prussian-born American financier (d. 1890)
  • 1817
    Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (d. 1896)
  • 1818
    Charles III, Prince of Monaco, founder of the Monte Carlo casino (d. 1889)
  • 1822
    Jakov Ignjatović, Serbian novelist and prose writer (d. 1889)
  • 1832
    Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author and Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1860
    Amanda McKittrick Ros, Irish novelist and poet (d. 1939)
  • 1861
    Aristide Maillol, French sculptor (d. 1944)
  • 1861
    Georges Méliès, French filmmaker (d. 1938)
  • 1861
    William C. Durant, American automobile executive (d. 1947)
  • 1862
    Georges Feydeau, French playwright (d. 1921)
  • 1864
    Camille Claudel, French graphic artist and sculptor (d. 1943)
  • 1865
    Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (d. 1963)
  • 1865
    Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (d. 1957)
  • 1874
    Ernst Moro, Austrian physician (d. 1951)
  • 1886
    Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (d. 1957)
  • 1890
    Bohuslav Martinů, Czech composer (d. 1959)
  • 1894
    E.C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (d. 1938)
  • 1894
    James Thurber, American humorist and cartoonist (d. 1961)
  • 1899
    John Qualen, Canadian actor (d. 1987)
  • 1900
    Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (d. 1990)
  • 1902
    Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (d. 1982)
  • 1908
    John A. Volpe, American politician and 2nd United States Secretary of Transportation (d. 1994)
  • 1909
    Gratien Gélinas, French-Canadian playwright and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1909
    Lesslie Newbigin, English theologian and bishop (d. 1998)
  • 1911
    Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist (d. 1992)
  • 1913
    Delmore Schwartz, American poet (d. 1966)
  • 1915
    Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1916
    Richard Fleischer, American film director (d. 2006)
  • 1918
    Gérard Souzay, French baritone (d. 2004)
  • 1919
    Peter Tali Coleman, American politician and 43rd, 51st and 53rd Governor of American Samoa (d. 1997)
  • 1922
    Jean Ritchie, American folk singer
  • 1922
    Lucian Freud, English painter (d. 2011)
  • 1923
    Rudolph Pariser, Chinese-born American chemist
  • 1925
    Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author (d. 2000)
  • 1925
    Jimmy Smith, American jazz organist (d. 2005)
  • 1925
    Nasir Kazmi, renowned Urdu poet of Pakistan (d. 1972)
  • 1925
    Sammy Davis Jr., American actor and singer (d. 1990)
  • 1927
    Ferdie Pacheco, American boxing trainer
  • 1927
    Vladimir Shatalov, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1928
    Bill Hewitt, Canadian sportscaster (d. 1996)
  • 1928
    Ulric Neisser, American cognitive psychologist
  • 1930
    Julian Critchley, British politician (d. 2000)
  • 1930
    Maximilian Schell, Austrian-born Swiss actor and film director
  • 1931
    Bob Arum, American boxing promoter
  • 1933
    Flip Wilson, American comedian (d. 1998)
  • 1935
    Dharmendra, Indian actor
  • 1935
    Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player
  • 1936
    David Carradine, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1937
    Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountaineer and businessman (d. 2004)
  • 1937
    James MacArthur, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1939
    Jerry “The Iceman” Butler, American soul singer
  • 1939
    Red Berenson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1939
    Sir James Galway, Northern Irish flautist
  • 1939
    Soko Richardson, American rhythm and blues drummer (d. 2004)
  • 1940
    Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • 1941
    Bob Brown, American football player
  • 1941
    Bobby Elliott, English musician (Drummer for The Hollies)
  • 1941
    Ed Brinkman, American baseball player
  • 1941
    Randall Cunningham, First Navy Vietnam Ace, American politician
  • 1941
    Sir Geoff Hurst, English footballer
  • 1943
    Bodo Tümmler, German middle-distance runner
  • 1943
    Jim Morrison, American singer (The Doors) (d. 1971)
  • 1943
    Ken Johnson, American professional wrestling manager
  • 1943
    Mary Woronov, American actress
  • 1944
    George Baker, Dutch singer and songwriter
  • 1945
    John Banville, Irish novelist and journalist
  • 1946
    John Rubinstein, American actor, composer, director
  • 1946
    Sharmila Tagore, Indian Actress
  • 1947
    Chava Alberstein, Israeli singer, lyricist, composer, and musical arranger
  • 1947
    Gérard Blanc, French singer
  • 1947
    Gregg Allman, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band)
  • 1947
    Kati-Claudia Fofonoff, Finnish author
  • 1947
    Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1948
    Luis Caffarelli, Argentine-born American mathematician
  • 1949
    Mary Gordon, American writer
  • 1949
    Nancy Meyers, American film director, producer and screenwriter
  • 1949
    Ray Shulman, English musician
  • 1949
    Robert Sternberg, American psychologist and psychometrician
  • 1950
    Dan Hartman, American musician (Edgar Winter Group) (d. 1994)
  • 1950
    Rick Baker, American film makeup artist
  • 1950
    Tim Foli, American baseball player
  • 1951
    Bill Bryson, American author
  • 1951
    Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • 1952
    Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Health Minister
  • 1953
    Kim Basinger, American actress
  • 1953
    Norman Finkelstein, American professor
  • 1953
    Roy Firestone, American sports announcer
  • 1953
    Sam Kinison, American comedian (d. 1992)
  • 1954
    Frits Pirard, Dutch road bicycle racer
  • 1954
    Gadowar Singh Sahota, Indian professional wrestler
  • 1954
    Harold Hongju Koh, American lawyer and Obama Administration advisor
  • 1955
    Milenko Zablaćanski, Serbian actor, director, and playwright (d. 2008)
  • 1956
    Andrew Edge English musician
  • 1956
    Warren Cuccurullo, American musician
  • 1957
    Phil Collen, English guitarist (Def Leppard)
  • 1958
    Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
  • 1958
    Rob Curling, British television presenter
  • 1959
    Mark Steyn, Canadian writer and cultural critic
  • 1959
    Stephen Jefferies, South African cricketer
  • 1960
    Lim Guan Eng, Malaysian statesman
  • 1961
    Ann Coulter, American political commentator
  • 1961
    Mikey Robins, Australian comedian
  • 1962
    Berry van Aerle, Dutch footballer
  • 1962
    Marty Friedman, American guitarist
  • 1962
    Nikos Karageorgiou, Greek footballer
  • 1962
    Steve Elkington, Australian golfer
  • 1962
    Wendell Pierce, American actor
  • 1963
    Greg Howe, Americal guitarist
  • 1963
    Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese wrestler
  • 1964
    Chigusa Nagayo, Japanese wrestler
  • 1964
    James Blundell, Australian country singer
  • 1964
    Teri Hatcher, American actress
  • 1965
    Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress
  • 1965
    David Harewood, British actor
  • 1965
    Theo Maassen, Dutch comedian and actor
  • 1966
    Sinéad O'Connor, Irish musician
  • 1967
    Andy Kapp, German curler
  • 1967
    Darren Sheridan, English footballer and manager
  • 1967
    Jeff George, American football player
  • 1967
    Junkie XL, Dutch musician
  • 1967
    Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
  • 1968
    Michael Cole, American professional wrestling commentator
  • 1968
    Mike Mussina, American baseball player
  • 1969
    Steve Van Wormer, American actor
  • 1970
    Me Phi Me, American rapper and author
  • 1972
    Frank Shamrock, American mixed martial artist
  • 1972
    Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer
  • 1973
    Corey Taylor, American singer (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
  • 1973
    Doron Bell Jr., Canadian actor
  • 1974
    Cristian Castro, Mexican singer
  • 1974
    Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  • 1974
    Tony Simmons, American football player
  • 1975
    Jerrelle Clark, American wrestler
  • 1975
    Kevin Harvick, American racing driver
  • 1976
    Brettina Robinson, singer and songwriter
  • 1976
    Dominic Monaghan, English actor
  • 1976
    Joshua Butler, Celebrity Chef
  • 1976
    Naimee Coleman, Irish singer and songwriter
  • 1976
    Reed Johnson, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Elsa Benítez, Mexican supermodel
  • 1977
    Ryan Newman, American racing driver
  • 1977
    Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer
  • 1978
    Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1978
    Frédéric Piquionne, France footballer
  • 1978
    Ian Somerhalder, American actor
  • 1978
    John Oster, Welsh footballer
  • 1978
    Park Kyung-lim, South Korean entertainer
  • 1978
    Vernon Wells, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Christian Wilhelmsson, Swedish footballer
  • 1979
    Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1979
    Ingrid Michaelson, American indie-pop singer-songwriter
  • 1979
    Johan Forssell, Swedish politician
  • 1979
    José Peña, Venezuelan track and field athlete
  • 1979
    Raymond Lam, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1980
    Lisa Kelly, American reality television personality
  • 1981
    Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Philip Rivers, American football player
  • 1982
    Alfredo Aceves, American baseball player
  • 1982
    DeeDee Trotter, American athlete
  • 1982
    Halil Altıntop, Turkish footballer
  • 1982
    Hamit Altıntop, Turkish footballer
  • 1982
    Jimmy Rave, American wrestler
  • 1982
    Nicki Minaj, rapper and singer-songwriter
  • 1982
    Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer
  • 1983
    Liu Song, Chinese snooker player
  • 1983
    Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver
  • 1984
    Badr Hari, Dutch kickboxer
  • 1984
    Greg Halford, English footballer
  • 1985
    Dwight Howard, American basketball player
  • 1985
    Meagan Duhamel, Canadian figure skater
  • 1985
    Oleksiy Pecherov, Ukrainian basketball player
  • 1986
    Amir Khan, English boxer
  • 1986
    Kate Voegele, American musician
  • 1989
    Drew Doughty, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989
    Jen Ledger, English drummer “Skillet”
  • 1993
    AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer
  • 1994
    Raheem Sterling, English footballer

Who Died On December 8?

  • 899
    Arnulf of Carinthia (b. 850)
  • 1626
    John Davies, English poet (b. 1569)
  • 1632
    Philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)
  • 1638
    Ivan Gundulić, Croatian poet (b. 1589)
  • 1643
    John Pym, English statesman (b. 1583)
  • 1649
    Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1613)
  • 1680
    Henry Pierrepont, 1st Marquess of Dorchester, English politician (b. 1606)
  • 1691
    Richard Baxter, English clergyman (b. 1615)
  • 1695
    Barthélemy d'Herbelot de Molainville, French orientalist (b. 1625)
  • 1709
    Thomas Corneille, French dramatist (b. 1625)
  • 1722
    Liselotte von der Pfalz, Duchess of Orléans (b. 1652)
  • 1744
    Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle duchess de Châteauroux, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1717)
  • 1745
    Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (b. 1683)
  • 1746
    Charles Radclyffe, British politician (b. 1693)
  • 1756
    William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat (b. 1690)
  • 1768
    Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1702)
  • 1779
    Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
  • 1793
    Madame du Barry, last royal mistress of France, guillotined (b. 1743)
  • 1811
    Eliza Poe, English-born American actress and the mother of the American author Edgar Allan Poe (b. 1787)
  • 1830
    Benjamin Constant, Swiss writer (b. 1767)
  • 1859
    Thomas De Quincey, English author (b. 1785)
  • 1864
    George Boole, British inventor of Boolean algebra (b. 1815)
  • 1869
    Narcisa de Jesús Martillo, Ecuadorian saint (b. 1832)
  • 1885
    William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1821)
  • 1894
    Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)
  • 1907
    Oscar II of Sweden (b. 1829)
  • 1914
    Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer, in the Battle of the Falkland Islands (b. 1861)
  • 1917
    Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)
  • 1938
    Friedrich Glauser, Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • 1940
    George Lloyd (bishop of Saskatchewan), Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)
  • 1952
    Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)
  • 1954
    Gladys George, American stage and screen actress
  • 1954
    Joseph B. Keenan, American political figure (b. 1888)
  • 1958
    Tris Speaker, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • 1963
    Sarit Dhanarajata, Thai politician (b. 1908)
  • 1966
    Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
  • 1967
    John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • 1971
    Eleni Ourani, Greek writer (b. 1896)
  • 1975
    Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • 1978
    Golda Meir, Russian-born Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1898)
  • 1980
    John Lennon, English musician (The Beatles) (b. 1940)
  • 1982
    Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist (b. 1951)
  • 1982
    Marty Robbins, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 1983
    Slim Pickens, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1984
    Luther Adler, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1984
    Razzle, English musician and drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)
  • 1984
    Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  • 1991
    Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1911)
  • 1991
    Kimberly Bergalis, claimed to have contracted HIV from her dentist (b. 1968)
  • 1992
    William Shawn, American magazine editor (b. 1917)
  • 1993
    Yevgeni Minaev, Soviet (Russian) weightlifter (b. 1933)
  • 1994
    Antônio Carlos Jobim, Brazilian composer and arranger (b. 1927)
  • 1996
    Howard Rollins, American actor (b. 1950)
  • 1996
    Kashiwado Tsuyoshi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 47th Yokozuna (b. 1938)
  • 1997
    Bob Bell, played Bozo the Clown (b. 1922)
  • 1998
    Michael Craze, British Actor (b.1942)
  • 1999
    Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2000
    Milić od Mačve, Serbian painter and artist (b. 1934)
  • 2001
    Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
  • 2001
    Mirza Delibašić, Bosnian basketball player (b. 1954)
  • 2003
    Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • 2004
    Dimebag Darrell (Darrell Abbott), American guitarist (Pantera, Damageplan) (b. 1966)
  • 2005
    Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and author (b. 1915)
  • 2006
    José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 2006
    Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Gerardo García Pimentel, Mexican journalist (b. 1983)
  • 2008
    Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete (b. 1967)
  • 2008
    Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer. (b. 1925)
  • 2008
    Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930).
  • 2009
    Kenneth Biros, American murderer (b. 1958)
  • 2009
    Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).


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