What happened on October 8? There are more than 275 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 October 8

October 8 In HistoryOctober 8 is the 281st day of the year 2019. There are 84 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 41st week of the year 2019.

On this day in McKnightstown, Pennsylvania 17343 sunrise occured at 12:12 PM and sunset occured at 11:40 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Libra. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 109 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 25, 2020).

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Historical Events For October 8

  • 314
    Roman Emperor Licinius is defeated by his colleague Constantine I at the Battle of Cibalae, and loses his European territories.
  • 451
    At Chalcedon, a city of Bithynia in Asia Minor, the first session of the Council of Chalcedon begins (ends on November 1).
  • 1075
    Dmitar Zvonimir is crowned King of Croatia.
  • 1200
    Isabella of Angoulême is crowned Queen consort of England.
  • 1480
    Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia, which results in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and the eventual disintegration of the Horde.
  • 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.
  • 1600
    San Marino adopts its written constitution.
  • 1645
    Jeanne Mance opened the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the first lay hospital in North America.
  • 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.
  • 1813
    The Treaty of Ried is signed between Bayern and Austria.
  • 1821
    The government of general José de San Martín establishes the Peruvian Navy.
  • 1829
    Rail transport: Stephenson’s The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials.
  • 1856
    The Second Opium War between several western powers and China begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River.
  • 1860
    Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Perryville – Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halt the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg at Perryville, Kentucky.
  • 1871
    Four major fires break out on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Peshtigo, Wisconsin, Holland, Michigan, and Manistee, Michigan including the Great Chicago Fire, and the much deadlier Peshtigo Fire.
  • 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.
  • 1895
    Eulmi incident- Queen Min of Joseon, the last empress of Korea, is assassinated and her corpse burnt by the Japanese in Gyeongbok Palace.
  • 1904
    Edmonton, Alberta was incorporated as a city.
  • 1904
    Prince Albert, Saskatchewan was incorporated as a city.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War begins: Montenegro declares war against Turkey.
  • 1918
    World War I: In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Corporal Alvin C. York kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132.
  • 1921
    KDKA in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field conducts the first live broadcast of a football game.
  • 1928
    Joseph Szigeti gives the first performance of Alfredo Casella’s Violin Concerto.
  • 1932
    The Indian Air Force is established.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany annexes Western Poland.
  • 1941
    World War II: In their invasion of the Soviet Union, Germany reaches the Sea of Azov with the capture of Mariupol.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of Crucifix Hill occurs on Crucifix Hill just outside Aachen. Capt. Bobbie Brown receives a Medal of Honor for his heroics in this battle.
  • 1952
    The Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash kills 112 people.
  • 1956
    New York Yankees’s Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series; one of only 20 perfect games in MLB history.
  • 1962
    Algeria joins the United Nations.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: Operation Sealords – United States and South Vietnamese forces launch a new operation in the Mekong Delta.
  • 1969
    The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 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
    Greek military junta of 1967–1974: Junta strongman George Papadopoulos appoints Spyros Markezinis as Prime Minister of Greece with the task to lead Greece to parliamentary rule.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    Poland bans Solidarity and all trade unions.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Croatia votes to sever constitutional relations with Yugoslavia, making the country fully independent
  • 1998
    Oslo’s Gardermoen airport opens after the close down of Fornebu airport.
  • 2001
    A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.
  • 2001
    U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
  • 2005
    2005 Kashmir earthquake: Thousands of people are killed by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

Who Were Born On October 8?

  • 1515
    Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (d. 1578)
  • 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)
  • 1715
    Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1774)
  • 1720
    Jonathan Mayhew, American minister (d. 1766)
  • 1747
    Jean-François Rewbell, French politician (d. 1807)
  • 1765
    Harman Blennerhassett, Irish lawyer (d. 1831)
  • 1789
    John Ruggles, American politician (d. 1874)
  • 1789
    William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist (d. 1855)
  • 1807
    Harriet Taylor Mill, English feminist philosopher (d. 1858)
  • 1818
    John Henninger Reagan, American politician (d. 1905)
  • 1834
    Walter Kittredge, American musician (d. 1905)
  • 1847
    Rose Scott, Australian social reformer (d. 1925)
  • 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)
  • 1863
    Edythe Chapman, American actress (d. 1948)
  • 1864
    Ozias Leduc, Québécois painter (d. 1955)
  • 1870
    Louis Vierne, French organist (d. 1937)
  • 1876
    Frederick Montague, 1st Baron Amwell, British Labour politician (d. 1966)
  • 1877
    Hans Heysen, German-born landscape artist (d. 1968)
  • 1883
    Dick Burnett, American musician (d. 1977)
  • 1883
    Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1970)
  • 1884
    Walther von Reichenau, German military officer (d. 1942)
  • 1887
    Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor (d. 1956)
  • 1888
    Ernst Kretschmer, German psychiatrist (d. 1964)
  • 1889
    C. E. Woolman, American airline founder (d. 1966)
  • 1890
    Edward Rickenbacker, American fighter pilot and airline executive (d. 1973)
  • 1890
    Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (d. 1971)
  • 1895
    Juan Perón, President of Argentina (d. 1974)
  • 1895
    King Zog I of Albania (d. 1961)
  • 1896
    Julien Duvivier, French film director (d. 1967)
  • 1897
    Rouben Mamoulian, Armenian-American film director (d. 1987)
  • 1901
    Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer (d. 1977)
  • 1910
    Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party (d. 2000)
  • 1910
    Kirk Alyn, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1910
    Paulette Dubost, French actress (d. 2011)
  • 1910
    Ray Lewis, Canadian runner (d. 2003)
  • 1913
    Robert Gilruth, American aviation and space pioneer (d. 2000)
  • 1917
    Billy Conn, American boxer (d. 1993)
  • 1917
    Danny Murtaugh, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • 1917
    Rodney Robert Porter, English biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1985)
  • 1917
    Walter Lord, American author (d. 2002)
  • 1918
    Jens Christian Skou, Danish chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1918
    Ron Randell, film character actor (d. 2005)
  • 1919
    Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1920
    Frank Herbert, American writer (d. 1986)
  • 1921
    Abraham Sarmiento, Filipino Supreme Court jurist (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Nils Liedholm, Swedish footballer and coach (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Alphons Egli, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 1924
    Thirunalloor Karunakaran, Indian poet (d.2006 )
  • 1927
    César Milstein, Argentine scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1927
    Jim Elliot, American missionary (d. 1956)
  • 1928
    Bill Maynard, British actor
  • 1928
    M. Russell Ballard, American religious figure
  • 1928
    Neil Harvey, Australian cricketer
  • 1929
    Valdir Pereira, Brazilian footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1930
    Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (d. 1996)
  • 1932
    Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player
  • 1935
    Albert Roux, French chef
  • 1936
    Rona Barrett, American gossip columnist
  • 1938
    Fred Stolle, Australian tennis player
  • 1938
    Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky
  • 1939
    Harvey Pekar, American author (d. 2010)
  • 1939
    Lynne Stewart, American civil liberties lawyer
  • 1939
    Paul Hogan, Australian actor
  • 1940
    Fred Cash, American singer (The Impressions)
  • 1941
    Jesse Jackson, American clergyman and civil rights activist
  • 1943
    Chevy Chase, American comedian and actor
  • 1943
    R. L. Stine, American author
  • 1944
    Dale Dye, American actor and marine
  • 1944
    Ed Kirkpatrick, American baseball player (d. 2010)
  • 1944
    Susan Raye, American singer
  • 1946
    Dennis Kucinich, American politician
  • 1946
    Jean-Jacques Beineix, French film director
  • 1947
    Emiel Puttemans, Belgian athlete
  • 1947
    Stephen Shore, American photographer
  • 1948
    Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor
  • 1948
    Claude Jade, French actress (d. 2006)
  • 1948
    Johnny Ramone, American musician (The Ramones) (d. 2004)
  • 1948
    Pedro López, Colombian serial killer
  • 1948
    Sarah Purcell, American television host
  • 1949
    Sigourney Weaver, American actress
  • 1950
    Robert Kool Bell, American musician (Kool & the Gang)
  • 1951
    Jack O'Connell, American politician
  • 1952
    Edward Zwick, American film director
  • 1952
    Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician
  • 1952
    Takis Koroneos, Greek basketball player and coach
  • 1954
    Huub Rothengatter, Dutch racing driver
  • 1954
    Michael Dudikoff, American actor
  • 1955
    Bill Elliott, American racing driver
  • 1955
    Darrell Hammond, American comedian (SNL)
  • 1955
    Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician (d. 1998)
  • 1956
    Jeff Lahti, American baseball player
  • 1956
    Stephanie Zimbalist, American actress
  • 1957
    Antonio Cabrini, Italian footballer
  • 1957
    Joe Castiglione, American college athletic director
  • 1958
    Steve Coll, American journalist
  • 1959
    Mike Morgan, American baseball player
  • 1959
    Nick Bakay, American actor
  • 1960
    François Pérusse, Quebec humorist
  • 1960
    Lorenzo Milá, Spanish newscaster
  • 1960
    Ralf Minge, German footballer
  • 1960
    Reed Hastings, American businessman and entrepreneur
  • 1961
    Steven Bernstein, American jazz musician
  • 1961
    Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist
  • 1962
    Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver
  • 1964
    CeCe Winans, American singer
  • 1964
    Igor Jijikine, Russian actor
  • 1965
    Ardal O'Hanlon, Irish comedian and actor
  • 1965
    C-Jay Ramone, American musician (The Ramones)
  • 1965
    Matt Biondi, American swimmer
  • 1965
    Peter Greene, American actor
  • 1966
    Art Barr, American wrestler (d. 1994)
  • 1966
    Camille Coduri, British actress
  • 1966
    Felipe Camiroaga, Chilean television presenter
  • 1966
    Karyn Parsons, American actress
  • 1967
    Emily Procter, American actress
  • 1967
    Yvonne Reyes, Venezuelan actress
  • 1968
    Ali Benarbia, former Algerian footballer
  • 1968
    Leeroy Thornhill, British musician (The Prodigy)
  • 1968
    Zvonimir Boban, Croatian footballer
  • 1969
    Dylan Neal, Canadian actor
  • 1969
    Jeremy Davies, American actor
  • 1969
    Julia Ann, American pornographic actress
  • 1970
    Anne-Marie Duff, English actress
  • 1970
    Matt Damon, American actor
  • 1970
    Soon-Yi Previn, Korean American actress
  • 1970
    Tetsuya Nomura, Japanese video-game designer
  • 1971
    Monty Williams, American basketball player
  • 1972
    Kim Myung Min, Korean actor
  • 1972
    Stanislav Varga, Slovakian footballer
  • 1974
    DJ Q-Ball, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1974
    Fredrik Modin, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1974
    Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower
  • 1974
    Martin Henderson, New Zealand actor
  • 1976
    Galo Blanco, Spanish tennis player
  • 1976
    Renate Groenewold, Dutch speed skater
  • 1977
    Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain-bike rider
  • 1977
    Erna Siikavirta, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1977
    Jamie Marchi, American Voice Actor
  • 1978
    Antonino D'Agostino, Italian footballer
  • 1978
    Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player
  • 1979
    Gregori Chad Petree, American musician (Shiny Toy Guns)
  • 1979
    Kristanna Loken, American actress
  • 1979
    Paul Burchill, English wrestler
  • 1980
    Mike Mizanin, American wrestler
  • 1980
    Nick Cannon, American actor
  • 1980
    Rajesh Sharma, Canadian Born Indian Politician
  • 1981
    Kalil Wilson, American vocalist
  • 1981
    Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981
    Ruby, Egyptian singer
  • 1983
    Abhishek Nayar, Indian Cricketer
  • 1983
    Mario Cassano, Italian footballer
  • 1983
    Michael Fraser, Scottish footballer
  • 1983
    Travis Pastrana, American motor sports competitor
  • 1984
    Domenik Hixon, American Football player
  • 1985
    Bruno Mars, American singer-songwriter
  • 1985
    Eiji Wentz, Japanese entertainer
  • 1986
    Louis Dodds, English footballer
  • 1986
    Michele Sepe, Italian rugby player
  • 1987
    Aya Hirano, Japanese voice actress
  • 1987
    Taylor Price, American football player
  • 1989
    Armand Traoré, French footballer
  • 1993
    Angus T. Jones, American actor
  • 1993
    Molly C. Quinn, American actress
  • 1997
    Bella Thorne, American actress

Who Died On October 8?

  • 976
    Queen Jelena of Zadar of Croatia
  • 1286
    John I of Dreux, Duke of Brittany (b. 1217)
  • 1317
    Emperor Fushimi of Japan (b. 1265)
  • 1621
    Antoine de Montchrétien, French dramatist
  • 1647
    Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer (b. 1562)
  • 1652
    John Greaves, English mathematician (b. 1602)
  • 1656
    John George I, Elector of Saxony (b. 1585)
  • 1659
    Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary
  • 1735
    Yongzheng Emperor of China (b. 1678)
  • 1754
    Henry Fielding, English author (b. 1707)
  • 1772
    Jean Joseph de Mondonville, French composer (b. 1711)
  • 1793
    John Hancock, American revolutionary (b. 1737)
  • 1795
    Andrew Kippis, English clergyman (b. 1725)
  • 1804
    Thomas Cochran (judge), Canadian judge (b. 1777)
  • 1809
    James Elphinston, Scottish philologist (b. 1721)
  • 1834
    François-Adrien Boïeldieu, French composer (b. 1775)
  • 1869
    Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States (b. 1804)
  • 1879
    Miguel Grau Seminario, Peruvian Admiral (b. 1834)
  • 1886
    Austin F. Pike, American politician (b. 1819)
  • 1897
    Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter (b. 1830)
  • 1928
    Larry Semon, comedian (b. 1889)
  • 1931
    Sir John Monash, Australian soldier general (b. 1865)
  • 1936
    Red Ames, American baseball player (b. 1882)
  • 1936
    William Henry Stark, American business leader (b. 1851)
  • 1942
    Sergei Chaplygin, Soviet engineer (b. 1869)
  • 1944
    Wendell Willkie, American politician (b. 1892)
  • 1945
    Felix Salten, Austrian author (b. 1869)
  • 1952
    Joe Adams, American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • 1953
    Kathleen Ferrier, British contralto (b. 1912)
  • 1953
    Nigel Bruce, British actor (b. 1895)
  • 1955
    Iry LeJeune, Cajun musician (b. 1928)
  • 1958
    Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
  • 1962
    Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer (b. 1909)
  • 1967
    Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1883)
  • 1970
    Jean Giono, French author (b. 1895)
  • 1970
    Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
  • 1973
    Gabriel Marcel, French philosopher (b. 1889)
  • 1977
    Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer, lyricist (b. 1902)
  • 1982
    Fernando Lamas, Argentine actor (b. 1915)
  • 1982
    Philip Noel-Baker, Baron Noel-Baker, Canadian-born activist, Nobel laureate (b. 1889)
  • 1983
    Joan Hackett, American actress (b. 1934)
  • 1985
    Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist (b. 1919)
  • 1987
    Konstantinos Tsatsos, 2nd President of Greece (b. 1899)
  • 1990
    B.J. Wilson, English musician (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)
  • 1992
    Willy Brandt, Chancellor of Germany, Nobel laureate (b. 1913)
  • 1995
    Christopher Keene, American conductor (b. 1946)
  • 1997
    Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • 1999
    John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2000
    Sheila Holland, English writer (b. 1937)
  • 2002
    Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • 2002
    Phyllis Calvert, British actress (b. 1915)
  • 2004
    James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • 2006
    Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1974)
  • 2007
    Constantine Andreou, Greek artist (b. 1917)
  • 2008
    Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    Eileen Herlie, American actress (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    George Emil Palade, Romanian cell biologist (b. 1912)
  • 2010
    Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)
  • 2011
    Al Davis, American football executive (b. 1929)
  • 2011
    Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (b. 1941)

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