8 October

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!

Table of Contents

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

Global Celebrations

  • World Octopus Day
  • National Pierogi Day
  • World Egg Day
  • Vet Nurse Day

Historic Events

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.

Yahoo Mail was launched. It had a storage limit of 4MB.
Yahoo Mail was launched. It had a storage limit of 4MB.

Famous Birthdays

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

Heartbreaking Deaths

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

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