What Happened on October 8

Significant Events

  • 1480 Great standing on the Ugra river, standoff between forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and Ivan III Grand Prince of all Rus, Tataro-Mongols retreat, leds to disintegration of the Horde
  • 1856 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River
  • 1862 Otto von Bismarck becomes Chancellor of the German Empire
  • 1915 Battle of Loos on WWI Western Front ends, German forces contain British attack (85,000 casualties)
  • 1917 Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control
  • 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
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Did You Know?

John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine"

On October 8, 1971

Would You Believe?

Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves

On October 8, 1818

Famous Weddings

  • 1824 Salt Lake City founder Brigham Young (23) weds first wife Miriam Angeline Works (18) in Port Byron, New York
  • 1842 Princess Sophia weds her cousin duke Charles Saksen-Weimar-Eisenach
  • 1846 Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper (25) weds Frances Amelia Morse (20) in Amherst, Nova Scotia
  • 1934 South Korean President Syngman Rhee (59) weds Francesca Donner (34)
  • 1935 Ozzie Nelson marries Harriet Hilliard (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett)

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 Musician Ben Harper (40) divorces actress Laura Dern (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
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