On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1914

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Battle of the Falkland Island: British Royal Navy destroys a German battle squadron
  • Boers rebelling against the British have recently suffered several defeats; today, one of their leaders, General Beyers, accidently drowns

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin

Famous Birthdays

  • Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), born in Cobar, NSW (d. 2003)

Famous Deaths

  • Maximilian von Spee, German naval officer (b. 1861)