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

  • 314
    Roman Emperor Licinius is defeated by his colleague Constantine I at the Battle of Cibalae, and loses his European territories.
  • 1573
    End of the Spanish siege of Alkmaar, the first Dutch victory in Eighty Years War.
  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1600
    San Marino adopts its written constitution.
  • 1806
    Napoleonic Wars: Forces of the British Empire lay siege to the port of Boulogne in France by using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve.
  • 1813
    The Treaty of Ried is signed between Bayern and Austria.
  • 1829
    Rail transport: Stephenson’s The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials.
  • 1860
    Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Perryville – Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halt the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg at Perryville, Kentucky.
  • 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.
  • 1928
    Joseph Szigeti gives the first performance of Alfredo Casella’s Violin Concerto.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    The Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash kills 112 people.
  • 1962
    Algeria joins the United Nations.
  • 1962
    Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes the article “Bedingt abwehrbereit” (“Conditionally prepared for defense”) about a NATO manoeuver called “Fallex 62”, which uncovered the sorry state of the Bundeswehr (Germany’s army) facing the communist threat from the east at the time. The magazine is soon accused of treason.
  • 1967
    Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.
  • 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.
  • 1978
    Australia’s Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.

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