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what famous events happened on december 8th? which is my birth day
December 8 is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 23 days remaining until the end of the year.
the following are events that either take place or have taken place on this day
1609 - Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe.
1659 - Mexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco.
1854 - Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogma of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Virgin Mary was born free of original sin.
1864 - The Clifton Suspension Bridge over the River Avon is officially opened.
1869 - Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.
1886 - The American Federation of Labor is founded in Columbus, Ohio.
1904 - Konservativ Ungdom (Young Conservatives) in Denmark is founded by Carl F. Herman von Rosen. Still existing today, it is the oldest political youth organization in Denmark and believed to be one of the oldest in the world.
1907 - King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
1912 - First Balkan War: The Greek army captures Korçë that had been under Ottoman rule.
1914 - World War I: Battle of the Falkland Islands - The Kaiserliche Marine under the command of Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee is engaged by the Royal Navy.
1935 - The Japanese military police launches a violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto, beginning with a crackdown on the sect's operational bases of Ayabe and Kameoka in Kyoto Prefecture and the arrest of its leader Onisaburo Deguchi.
1941 - World War II: The Japanese invade the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. They also invade the portions of Shanghai administered by European powers and bomb American bases in the Philippines. Because of the time difference, these events - which took place west of the International Date Line - happened while it was still December 7 to the east of this line.
1941 - World War II: Pacific War - After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the U.S. Congress passes a declaration of war against Japan.
1941 - World War II: Pacific War - the Republic of China officially declares war against Japan.
1941 - World War II: Pacific War - The Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in China issues a proclamation which declared war against Japan and Germany on behalf of Korean people, who were under Japanese occupation since 1910.
1941 - World War II: First Japanese attack on Wake Island.
1941 - Holocaust: Gas vans are first used as a means of execution, at the Chelmno extermination camp near Łódź in Poland.
1942 - Holocaust: in Ternopil, Ukraine, the German SS organizes the deportation of the last 1,400 Ternopil Jews to the death camp in Belzec. The chief of the Gestapo, SS-Sturmbannführer Hermann Müller, bore overall responsibility for the mass murder of the Jews of Ternopil and Berezhany county.
1949 - Chinese Civil War: The capital of the Republic of China is moved from Nanjing to Taipei, Taiwan.
1953 - Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the Atoms for Peace speech.
1966 - The Greek SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.
1969 - An Olympic Airways Douglas DC-6 crashes in Keratea during a storm, killing 93 people.
1972 - United Airlines Flight 553 crashes near Chicago Midway Airport, killing 45 people.
1974 - A plebiscite results in the abolition of monarchy in Greece.
1980 - Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon in front of The Dakota apartment building with five bullets.
1982 - Activist Norman Mayer threatens to blow up the Washington Monument, before being killed by United States Park Police.
1982 - In Suriname several opponents of the military government are killed.
1987 - The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed.
1987 - The Queen Street Massacre: Frank Vitkovic shoots and kills 8 people at the offices of Australia Post in Melbourne, Australia before being killed himself.
1987 - The Alianza Lima air disaster.
1991 - The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States.
1991 - The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.
1993 - The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed into law by US President Bill Clinton.
1998 - Tadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
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.
2005 - Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.
65 BC - Horace, Roman poet (d. 8 BC)
1542 - Mary Queen of Scots (d. 1587)
1574 - Maria Anna of Bavaria, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1616)
1626 - Queen Christina of Sweden (d. 1689)
1678 - Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat (d. 1757)
1699 - Maria Josepha of Austria, queen of Poland (d. 1757)
1708 - Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1765)
1730 - Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch-born British physiologist and botanist (d. 1799)
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)
1832 - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author and Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
1848 - Joel Chandler Harris, American author and folklorist (d. 1908)
1861 - William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (d. 1947)
1861 - Aristide Maillol, French sculptor (d. 1944)
1861 - Georges Méliès, French filmmaker (d. 1938)
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)
1909 - Gratien Gélinas, French Canadian playwright, actor, director and producer (d. 1999)
1911 - Lee J. Cobb, American actor (d. 1976)
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 (d. 1997)
1922 - Lucian Freud, English painter
1922 - Jean Ritchie, American folk singer
1923 - Rudolph Pariser, Chinese-born American chemist
1925 - Sammy Davis Jr., American actor and singer (d. 1990)
1925 - Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author (d. 2000)
1925 - Jimmy Smith, American jazz organist (d. 2005)
1927 - Ferdie Pacheco, the "Fight Doctor"
1927 - Vladimir Shatalov, Soviet cosmonaut
1930 - Maximilian Schell, Austrian-born Swiss actor, film director, and author
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
1937 - James MacArthur, American actor
1937 - Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman (d. 2004)
1939 - Red Berenson, Canadian ice hockey player
1939 - Jerry "The Iceman" Butler, American soul singer
1939 - Sir James Galway, Northern Irish flautist
1939 - Soko Richardson, American rhythm and blues drummer. (d. 2004)
1940 - Brant Alyea, American baseball player
1941 - Ed Brinkman, American baseball player
1941 - Bob Brown, American football player
1941 - Randall "Duke" Cunningham, US Navy fighter pilot and Congressman
1941 - Sir Geoff Hurst, English footballer
1943 - Jim Morrison, American singer (The Doors) (d. 1971)
1943 - Mary Woronov, American actress
1945 - John Banville, Irish novelist and journalist
1946 - John Rubinstein, American actor, composer, director
1947 - Gregg Allman, American musician
1947 - Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate
1947 - Kati-Claudia Fofonoff, Finnish writer
1949 - Mary Gordon, American writer
1949 - Nancy Meyers, American film director, producer and screenwriter
1949 - Ray Shulman, English musician
1949 - Robert Sternberg, Proposed the Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
1950 - Rick Baker, American film makeup artist
1950 - Tim Foli, American baseball player
1950 - Dan Hartman, American musician (Edgar Winter Group) (d. 1994)
1951 - Bill Bryson, American author
1951 - Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter
1952 - Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Health Minister
1953 - Kim Basinger, American actress
1953 - Roy Firestone, American sports announcer
1953 - Sam Kinison, American comedian (d. 1992)
1956 - Warren Cuccurullo, American musician
1957 - Phil Collen, English guitarist (Def Leppard)
1958 - Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
1961 - Ann Coulter, American author, political commentator, and attorney
1962 - Marty Friedman, American guitarist
1963 - Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese professional wrestler
1964 - James Blundell, Australian country singer
1964 - Sandy Burnett, English record producer
1964 - Teri Hatcher, American actress
1965 - Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress
1966 - Sinéad O'Connor, Irish musician
1967 - Jeff George, American football player
1967 - Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
1968 - Michael Cole, American professional wrestling commentator
1968 - Mike Mussina, American baseball player
1969 - Jeff Tremaine, American television and film director
1972 - Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer
1972 - Frank Shamrock, American mixed martial artist
1973 - Doron Bell Jr., Canadian actor
1973 - Corey Taylor, American singer (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
1974 - Cristian Castro, Mexican singer
1974 - Tony Simmons, American football player
1974 - Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
1975 - Kevin Harvick, American NASCAR driver
1976 - Naimee Coleman, Irish singer and songwriter
1976 - Reed Johnson, American baseball player
1976 - Dominic Monaghan, English actor
1977 - Elsa Benítez, Mexican supermodel
1977 - Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer
1977 - Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver
1978 - John Oster, Welsh footballer
1978 - Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
1978 - Ian Somerhalder, American actor
1978 - Vernon Wells, American baseball player
1979 - Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer
1979 - Johan Forssell, Swedish politician
1979 - Adam Russell, American Musician
1979 - Christian Wilhelmsson, Swedish footballer
1981 - Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player
1981 - Philip Rivers, American football player
1982 - Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer
1982 - Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete
1983 - Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver
1983 - Liu Song, Chinese snooker player
1984 - Greg Halford, English footballer
1984 - Badr Hari, Dutch kickboxer
1985 - Dwight Howard, American basketball player
1986 - Amir Khan, English boxer
1989 - Drew Doughty, Canadian hockey player
1993 - AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer
2007 - Nacho Lorraine, Original chi-weenie
899 - Arnulf of Carinthia (b. 850)
1626 - John Davies, English poet (b. 1569)
1632 - Philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)
1638 - Ivan Gundulic, 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
1768 - Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1702)
1779 - Nathan Alcock, English physician (b. 1707)
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)
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 (b. 1861)
1917 - Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)
1938 - Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
1940 - George Exton Lloyd, Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)
1952 - Charles Lightoller, English second officer on the Titanic (b. 1874)
1958 - Tris Speaker, American baseball player (b. 1888)
1963 - Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
1966 - Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
1967 - John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
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 and peace activist (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 - Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
1991 - Kimberly Bergalis, claimed to have contracted HIV from her dentist (b. 1968)
1991 - Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1911)
1992 - William Shawn, American magazine editor (b. 1917)
1994 - Antônio Carlos Jobim, Brazilian composer and arranger (b. 1927)
1996 - Howard Rollins, American actor (b. 1950)
1997 - Bob Bell, played Bozo the Clown (b. 1922)
1999 - Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
2001 - Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
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 - Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
2006 - José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
2007 - Gerardo García Pimentel, Mexican journalist
Famous Holidays and Observances
R.C. Saints - The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation in Ireland, U.S.); Saint Eucharius, first bishop of Trier
Eastern Christianity - Conception of the Theotokos (Mother of God) by Anna - Major Feast Day
Buddhism - The Enlightenment of Gautama Buddha (Bodhi Day)
Bulgaria - Day of the Student (Студентски празник)
Italy - Public holiday.
Austria - Public Holiday.
Malta - Public Holiday.
Romania - Constitution Day
Panama - Mother's Day
Spain - Immaculate Conception - Day of the National Army
Portugal - Immaculate Conception - Day of the national Patron Saint
CARICOM-Cuba Day - To celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
France - Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) held in Lyon to honor the Virgin Mary.
Republic of Macedonia - St Kliment Day, National holiday
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1644: Queen Christina, at the age of 18, becomes the active ruler of Sweden. She pursues a policy aimed at peace in Europe rather than territorial expansion and national aggrandizement.
1886: The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded.
1929: The first ship-to-shore mobile telephone commercial service is launched.
1940: The German air force attacks London in the Battle of Britain.
1941: The day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Congress passes a declaration of war against Japan, and the United States formally enters World War II.
1987: At a summit meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the first treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals of both countries.
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Holidays which happen on December 8?
Guam Lady of Cameron Day Japan Enlightenment of Buddha Spain, Panama, Canal Zone Mother's Day Spain School Reunion Day Uruguay Beaches Day/Family Day
I dont know if this counts, but I went to a sold out concert! lol. I had to get that out. I honestly dont know. sorry
all americans should know that December 8, 1941 peral harbor was attacked by the japanese!
it was December 7TH 1941 ya idiot.