On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1917

Day of the Week: Saturday

Famous Birthdays

  • Ian Johnson CBE, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), born in North Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1998)
  • Rufo I Wever, Aruban pianist/composer (Ca'i Organ)

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Matthew Weld Downing, British mathematician and astronomer, dies at 67
  • Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)