October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 84 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about October 8th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 8th in history!
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- World Octopus Day
- National Pierogi Day
- World Egg Day
- Vet Nurse Day
What Happened On This Day – October 8
1956: The first perfect game in Major League Baseball World Series
New York Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched the only no-hitter game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the history of the World Series.
1948: World’s first internal pacemaker implanted
A 43-year-old man called Arne Larsson was the recipient of the pacemaker which worked only for a few hours. However, Larsson lived long after the pacemaker stopped working. He died in 2001 at the age of 86.
1919: World’s first transcontinental air race
63 airplanes – 15 from San Francisco and 48 from New York – took part in this 5400-mile round-trip race. The winner, Lieutenant Belvin Maynard, took 3 days and 21 hours to return to New York.
1912: First Balkan war begins
Montenegro started the conflict by declaring war on the Ottoman Empire. A few days later Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia joined the war and created the Balkan League. The 7-month long war ended with a decisive Balkan League victory. Dissatisfaction over the spoils of the war led to the Second Balkan War a year later.
1871: Great Chicago fire begins
The fire that destroyed most of Chicago’s business district began in a barn on the evening of October 8, 1871. A very dry summer and an early autumn fanned the fire, which raged for 2 days. It killed over 300 people and destroyed property worth millions of dollars.
1997: Yahoo Mail was launched. It had a storage limit of 4MB.
Births On This Day, October 8
1985: Bruno Mars, American singer-songwriter, producer, actor
1970: Matt Damon, American actor, screenwriter, producer
1943: Chevy Chase, American comedian, actor
1939: Harvey Pekar, American author
1895: Juan Perón, Argentine military officer, politician, 29th President of Argentina
Deaths On This Day, October 8
1992: Willy Brandt, German politician, 4th Chancellor of Germany, Nobel Prize laureate
1967: Clement Attlee, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1936: Premchand, Indian author
1869: Franklin Pierce, American politician, 14th President of the United States
1793: John Hancock, American politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts