On This Day

What Happened on November 8

Historical Events

  • 392 Roman Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion the state religion
  • 1519 1st meeting of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II and Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico
  • 1701 William Penn presents Charter of Privileges, guaranteed religious freedom for the colony in Pennsylvania
  • 1734 Vincent la Chapelle, master cook to various nobility and royalty, forms Free Masons Lodge in Netherlands
  • 1895 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays
  • 2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences"
  • 2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country
  • 2016 Republican Donald Trump is elected President of the United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton, who received 2.9 million more votes
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Nov 8 in Film & TV

Nov 8 in Music

  • 1999 Tenor Andrea Bocelli releases his "Sacred Arias" album, the world's best-selling classical album by a single artist

Nov 8 in Sport

  • 2017 Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for surfing the biggest-ever wave at 24.4m at Nazaré, Portugal

Did You Know?

The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened

On November 8, 1602

Would You Believe?

British peer the Earl of Lucan disappears and is never seen again after his nanny is found murdered in London

On November 8, 1974

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1968 Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from The Beatles member John Lennon
  • 1970 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) divorces singer Michelle Phillips (26) only 8 days after getting married

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