On This Day for 8th October

Historical Events

  • 1480 Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia, which resulted in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and eventual disintegration of the Horde.
  • 1856 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River.
  • 1862 Otto Von Bismarck becomes chancellor of the German Empire
  • 1915 Battle of Loos WWI, almost 430,000 French, British & Germans killed
  • 1917 Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control
  • 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

Did You Know?

John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine"

On October 8th, 1971

Famous Weddings

  • 1824 Salt Lake City founder Brigham Young (23) weds first wife Miriam Angeline Works (18) in Port Byron, New York
  • 1842 Princess Sophia weds her cousin duke Charles Saksen-Weimar-Eisenach
  • 1846 Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper (25) weds Frances Amelia Morse (20) in Amherst, Nova Scotia
  • 1934 South Korean President Syngman Rhee (59) weds Francesca Donner (34)
  • 1935 Ozzie Nelson marries Harriet Hilliard (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett)

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 Musician Ben Harper (40) divorces actress Laura Dern (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage