On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 2019

Historical Events

  • Fire in an illegal bag factory in Delhi, India, kills 43
  • Polar explorers Mike Horn and Børge Ousland complete an 1,800 km (1,118 miles) journey on drifting ice in darkness in the Arctic
  • Sanna Marin becomes Finland's youngest-ever Prime Minister at the age of 34
  • South African Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe in Atlanta
  • Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer in 150 years - Olga Neuwirth’s opera, “Orlando”

Famous Deaths

  • Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), dies at 85
  • Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), dies of a seizure at Chicago airport at 21

Person of interestPaul Volcker

Paul Volcker, American economist and Chairman of the US Federal Reserve (1979-87), dies at 92

Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist Paul Volcker
Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist
Paul Volcker
  • Rene Auberjonois, American actor and voice artist (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, God of War), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Rogério Pipi, Portuguese soccer forward (15 caps; Benfica), dies at 97
2019 Highlights

About December 8, 2019

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 1 year, 3 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Sagittarius