8 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Eddie Rickenbacker, 1890
  • Juan Peron, 1895
  • Rouben Mamoulian, 1897
  • Meyer Levin, 1905
  • Kiichi Miyazawa, 1919
  • Frank Herbert, 1920
  • Rona Barrett, 1936
  • Paul Hogan, 1939
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson, 1941
  • Chevy Chase, 1943
  • R.I. Stine, 1943
  • Johnny Ramone, 1948
  • Sarah Purcell, 1948
  • Sigourney Weaver, 1949
  • Stephanie Zimbalist, 1956
  • Matt Damon, 1970

Died On This Day:

  • Henry Fielding, 1754
  • John Hancock, 1793
  • Henri Christophe Haiti, 1820
  • Richard Whately, 1863
  • Franklin Pierce, 1869
  • Wendell Willkie, 1944
  • Clement Atlee, 1967
  • Fernando Lamas, 1982
  • Joan Hackett, 1983
  • Paul Prudhomme, 2015
  • Y. A. Tittle, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1085 - St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice is consecrated.
  • 1737 - Good ship Charming Nancy docks at Philly with 20 Amish families, the first to land in America.
  • 1856 - 'Arrow incident'-British ship boarded by Chinese provokes 2nd Anglo-Chinese War.
  • 1871 - Great Peshtigo Fire erupts in Peshtigo, WI, killing record 1,182, the greatest death toll by fire in US history.
  • 1871 - Great fire of Chicago starts in Patrick O'Leary's barn, one of U.S. great disasters; $1.96 billion lost.
  • 1874 - First American trial for pointing breed dogs held in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1881 - Cyclone in Haiphong, North Vietnam kills 300,000.
  • 1887 - Edison Phonograph Company formed to market Edison's machine with wax cylinders.
  • 1918 - Beirut taken by British.
  • 1918 - Sgt. Alvin York single-handedly kills 28 Germans, gets 132 to surrender at Hill 223, Argonne. WWI
  • 1919 - First US transcontinental air race begins with 63 planes flying between Calif. and New York.
  • 1929 - First movie shown in an airplane; Newsreel and cartoons shown 5,000 feet in the air.
  • 1945 - Raytheon files a US patent for engineer Percy Spencer's invention, the microwave oven.
  • 1956 - New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen throws only World Series perfect game defeating Brooklyn 2-0.
  • 1965 - Post Office Tower, highest building in London, opens.
  • 1966 - Government bans sale and production of LSD.
  • 1970 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn wins Nobel Prize for literature; fears of exclusion from USSR stops him going to Stockholm.
  • 1973 - First commercial radio station in Britain goes on the air, London Broadcasting Company, LBC; BBC's 50-year monopoly broken.
  • 1980 - Polish government bans all labor organizations including Solidarity.
  • 2005 - 7.6 earthquake in Hindu Kush mountains of Pakistan kills 87,000 with 2.5 million homeless.
  • 2006 - "Les Miserables" celebrates 25th anniversary and becomes the longest running musical in the West End of London overtaking "Cats."
  • 2017 - Wildfires decimate California; 23 dead in Napa Valley, Central Valley and even burns marijuana crops in Mendocino County.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Demetrius
  • Keyne
  • Margaret
  • Pelagia the Penitent
  • Sergius and Bacchus
  • Thais
  • Briget

Holiday:

  • Day of Confucius

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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