On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1914

Historical Events

  • Battle of the Falkland Island: British Royal Navy destroys a German battle squadron
  • Boers rebelling against the British in South Africa suffer several defeats, with one of their leaders, General Beyers, accidentally drowning

Music Premiere

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Corbett Davis, American NFL football fullback, 1938-42 ( Cleveland Rams), born in Lowell, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 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)
1914 Highlights

About December 8, 1914

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 107 years
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Sagittarius