On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 2008

Historical Events

  • Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology awarded jointly to Harald zur Hausen (cause of cervical cancer) and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Luc Montagnier (discovery of HIV)

Famous Deaths

  • Bob Friend, British newscaster (BBC, 1969-89; Sky News, 1989-2003), dies from a brain tumor at 70
  • Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children; The Angel with the Trumpet), dies of complications from pneumonia at 90
  • George E. Palade, Romanian-American cell biologist (ribosomen, Nobel 1974), dies at 95
  • Gidget Gein [Bradley Stewart], American hard rock bassist (Marilyn Manson), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 39
2008 Highlights

About October 8, 2008

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 13 years, 3 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Libra