8 November

November 8 is the 312th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 53 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about November 8rd, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 8rd in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
  • World Town Planning Day
  • International Day of Radiology
  • World Orphans Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – November 8

1972: Home Box Office launched

The premium TV channel, informally known as HBO, is the oldest paid TV channel in the United States. The first program to screen on the channel was Sometimes a Great Notion, a movie starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.

1971: Coup in Thailand

Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn staged a coup against his own government and dismissed the parliament citing increasing communist influence.

1939: Assassination attempt on Hitler

Johann Georg Elser, a German woodworker, attempted to kill Adolf Hilter and other high ranking members of the Nazi party during the 16th anniversary observances of the Beer Hall Putsch, a failed coup attempt by Hitler in 1923. The time bomb Elser used in a beer hall called Bürgerbräukeller in Munich went off but failed to kill Hitler. Elser was caught and imprisoned in Dachau for 5 years.

1923: Beer Hall Putsch

On this day, Adolf Hitler and other members of the Nazi party attempted to overthrow current government by marching to Berlin. They started the march at the Bürgerbräu Keller in Munich. The coup attempt was eventually unsuccessful and Hitler was captured and imprisoned for 2 years.

1895: First person to observe X-rays

German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen accidentally discovered X-rays, also sometimes called Röntgen rays while working on cathode rays. X-rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation that are often used today in medicine. Röntgen was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 for his discovery.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, November 8

1986: Aaron Swartz, American computer programmer, activist

1966: Gordon Ramsay, Scottish chef, television host

1961: Micky Adams, English footballer, manager

1927: Nguyen Khanh, Vietnamese general, politician, 3rd President of South Vietnam

1900: Margaret Mitchell, American author

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, November 8

1986: Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs fr the Soviet Union

1965: Dorothy Kilgallen, American journalist

1953: Ivan Bunin, Russian author, poet, Nobel Prize laureate

1887: Doc Holliday, American gambler, dentist

1674: John Milton, English poet

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