About October 8

October 8, 2021 is the 281st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 84 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 116 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 8

  • 451
    At Chalcedon, a city of Bithynia in Asia Minor, the first session of the Council of Chalcedon begins (ends on November 1).
  • 1200
    Isabella of Angoulême is crowned Queen consort of England.
  • 1813
    The Treaty of Ried is signed between Bayern and Austria.
  • 1829
    Rail transport: Stephenson’s The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials.
  • 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
    Prince Albert, Saskatchewan was incorporated as a city.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Algeria joins the United Nations.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Croatia votes to sever constitutional relations with Yugoslavia, making the country fully independent
  • 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.

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