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8 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


8 November: In a year, the 8th of November is the 312th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 313th day of the year. What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 8th November. We may also need to scan through the events that what happened today.

8 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 8 November

Art & Artists

    • 1900Gone with the Wind fame Novelist and journalist Margaret Mitchel was born in Georgia, the USA.
    • 1972HBO (Home Box Office). A pay TV network and a great entertainment avenue for TV viewers launched in America.

Science & Technology

    • 1984 Launch of Discovery (STS 51-A) by NASA in its 14th Space Shuttle Mission.
    • 2011“2005 YU55”, the asteroid that passed Earth from a distance of about 0.32 million kilometers (0.202 million miles) was anticipated to hit the planet.
    • 2018Xinhua, the Chinese virtual newsreader unveiled that can work round the clock.

Leaders & Politics

    • 1960John F. Kennedy became the president of the USA.
    • 2016Demonetisation in India by Indian Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi (announced the withdrawal of banknotes of denominations 500 and 1000).
    • 2016Republican candidate Donald Trump defeated Hilary Clinton in the 45th presidential election in the USA.

People & Society

    • 1602The University of Oxford opened its Bodleian Library to the public.
    • 1837 Mount Holyoke College (at that time, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) was founded in Massachusetts. It is one of the early initiatives of founding institutions for women’s education.
    • 1901Athens witnessed bloody clashes as a consequence of the translation of the Gospels into the local language (demotic Greek).
    • 1999 Bruce Miller was killed by the online lover of (Jerry Cassaday) and his wife (Sharee Miller). It is the first case of internet murder in the world.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

    • 1983Angola Airlines’ Boeing 737-200 TAAG Flight 462 crashed near Lubango Airport, Angola.
    • 1988A high-magnitude earthquake killed 900 people in China.
    • 2013Super Typhoon Haiyan (with a gusting wind of up to 230 mph) hits the Philippines that killed 6,300 in the Philippines and 52 in neighboring countries.

Discoveries & Explorations

    • 1977 Greek archaeologist Prof. Manolis Andronikos (from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) discovered Philip II of Macedon’s tomb at Vergina.
    • 1956 Discovery of Comet Arend-Roland.
    • 1980 Discovery of the 15th moon of Saturn by NASA’s Voyager 1.

Leisure & Sports

    • 1947 99th cricket century (1st-class) by Australian cricket legend Don Bradman.
    • 1990 American baseball player Darryl Strawberry signed a five-year contract with Los Angeles Dodgers.

Birth Anniversaries (8 November)

    • 1656 Edmond Halley (mathematician and astronomer from the UK)
    • 1900 Margaret Mitchell (Novelist from America)
    • 1954 Kazuo Ishiguro (Japanese-British author)
    • 1966 – Gordon Ramsay (Chef and restaurateur from Scotland)

Death Anniversaries (8 November)

    • 1674 John Milton (English poet)
    • 1887 Doc Holliday (US dentist and poker player)
    • 2005 David Westheimer (Author and soldier from America)
    • 2011 Bil Keane (Cartoonist, America)
    • 2020 Alex Trebek (Canadian- American TV personality)

What Special Day is Today: (8 November)


The factual story of the day (8 November) covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities. The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

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