On This Day

What Happened on December 8

Important Events

  • 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South
  • 1941 US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II
  • 1941 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers "Day of Infamy" speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
  • 1965 Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
  • 1966 US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
  • 2004 The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
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December 8 in Film & TV

December 8 in Music

December 8 in Sport

  • 1978 Commencement of the 1st day/night World Series Cricket supertest at VFL Park, Melbourne

Did You Know?

Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the United Nations in New York

On December 8, 1953

Would You Believe?

Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)

On December 8, 1982

Famous Weddings

  • 1872 Religious leader Brigham Young (71) weds his fifty-fifth wife Hannah Tapfield in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1950 NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch
  • 1953 Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 "Heart" rock singer Nancy Wilson (56) divorces "Almost Famous" and "Elizabethtown" director Cameron Crowe (53) due to irreconcilable differences after 24 years of marriage
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