About December 8

December 8, 2021 is the 342nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 23 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 55 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 8

  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.

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