Historical Events on October 8

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Victory in battleVictory in Battle

314 Battle at Cibalae: Roman emperor in the west Constantine beats emperor in the east Licinius

Roman Emperor Constantine the Great
Roman Emperor
Constantine the Great
  • 451 Council of Chalcedon (4th ecumenical council) opens
  • 876 Battle at Andernach: Louis the Young beats Charles the Bald
  • 1075 Dmitar Zvonimir is crowned king of Croatia.
  • 1085 San Marcos ministry in Venice initiated

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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

Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia Ivan the Great
Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia
Ivan the Great
  • 1600 San Marino adopts constitution
  • 1604 Supernova "Kepler's nova" first sighted
  • 1625 Admiral George Villiers' fleet sails from Plymouth to Cadiz
  • 1633 Massachusetts Bay Colony forms its first government
  • 1690 Siege of Belgrade, Ottoman troops capture Belgrade
  • 1712 French privateer Jacques Cassard seen on Suriname coast
  • 1740 Chinese assault on Diestpoort Batavia

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1769 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)

Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • 1775 Officers decide to bar slaves & free blacks from Continental Army

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1779 English engraver and poet William Blake begins study at the Royal Academy, Old Somerset House, London

Poet/Artist William Blake
William Blake

  • 1806 British forces lay siege to French port of Boulogne using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve
  • 1813 Treaty of Ried between Bavaria & Austria
  • 1815 Joachim Murat's forces land at Pizzo, Italy
  • 1818 Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves

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1821 The government of General José de San Martín establishes the Peruvian Navy.

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • 1822 First eruption of Galunggung in Java sends boiling sludge into valley
  • 1827 Sea battle at Navarino (Greece freed of Ottoman occupation)
  • 1840 First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
  • 1856 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River
  • 1860 Telegraph line between LA & SF opens
  • 1862 Battle of Perryville, KY- Confederate invasion halted

The <b>German</b> EmpireThe German Empire

1862 Otto von Bismarck becomes Chancellor of the German Empire

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck
  • 1865 Earthquake in Santa Cruz Mountains
  • 1871 Forest fire destroys Peshtigo, Wisconsin, killing between 1,200 and 2,500 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in recorded history
  • 1871 Great Fire of Chicago kills 200 people and destroys over 4 square miles (10 square km) of buildings and the original Emancipation Proclamation
  • 1873 First women's prison run by women opens at Indiana Reformatory Institute
  • 1879 War of the Pacific: the Chilean Navy defeats the Peruvian Navy in the Battle of Angamos, Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau is killed in the encounter.
  • 1886 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Noble Bachelor" (BG)
  • 1887 Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
  • 1888 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman Jack Burns wins his lone Open title by 1 stroke from Ben Sayers and David Anderson Jr
  • 1892 Sergei Rachmaninoff first performs "Prelude in C-sharp-Minor" in Moscow
  • 1895 Ohio Valley Improvement Association forms
  • 1897 Emperor Franz Joseph I names Gustav Mahler Director of the Vienna Court Opera
  • 1898 First Canadian Intercollegiate football game: McGill beats Queen's, 3-2
  • 1903 J M Synge's "In the Shadow of the Glen" premieres in Dublin

  • 1904 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, NY)
  • 1906 Karl Nessler demonstrates first 'permanent wave' for hair in London
  • 1908 NY Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
  • 1909 Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
  • 1912 Montenegro declares war on Turkey, beginning 1st Balkan War
  • 1915 Battle of Loos on WWI Western Front ends, German forces contain British attack (85,000 casualties)
  • 1915 Phillies win their 1st & only World Series game before 1980, beating Red Sox, 3-1, with an 8th inning 2 run rally

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1917 Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky

Battle of InterestSgt. Alvin York Kills 25 German Soldiers

1918 American soldier Alvin York single-handedly attacks German gun nest, killing at least 25 and capturing 132 Germans
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  • 1922 NY Giants beat Yankees, 4 games to 0, with a tie in 19th World Series

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1924 British Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald falls to Conservatives

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • 1927 NY Yankees sweep Pirates in 24th World Series

Film release premierFilm Release

1927 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
  • 1928 Cole Porter and E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" premieres in NYC
  • 1928 Eastern Soccer League forms in USA
  • 1928 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.
  • 1929 A's Howard Ehmke (7-2) sets World Series record striking out 13 Cubs
  • 1929 Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan and drives out Habibullah Ghazi
  • 1930 Philadelphia A's beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 2 in 27th World Series
  • 1932 The Indian Air Force is established.
  • 1933 Coit Tower dedicated in San Francisco as a monument to firefighters
  • 1933 Martinez Barrios forms new Spanish government

MurderMurder of Interest

1934 Bruno Hauptmann is indicted for murder of Charles Lindbergh's son

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1938 G Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Fabulous Invalid" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • 1939 Germany annexes Western Poland
  • 1939 NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win
  • 1940 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
  • 1940 German troops occupies Romania
  • 1941 Building at Concentration Camp Birkenau begins
  • 1942 Fight at Matanikau, Guadalcanal (John Hersey-Into the Valley)

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1942 Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 1943 Great Britain establishes bases on Azores
  • 1944 "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debut on CBS radio

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1944 Samuel Barber's "Capricorn Concerto" premieres

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber

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1945 US President Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1945 Microwave oven patented
  • 1946 Military plane crashes at Christian HBS, 24 die
  • 1950 4th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia: Detroit Red Wings beat All-Stars, 7-1
  • 1950 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17
  • 1951 "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1951 Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1952 Chinese offensive in Korea
  • 1952 Harrow and Wealdstone, northwest London, 112 people killed in Britain's worst peace-time rail crash.

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1953 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1953 WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins
  • 1955 World's most powerful aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga, launched
  • 1956 Don Larsen (NY Yankees) pitches only perfect World Series game vs Brooklyn
  • 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
  • 1957 Procter & Gamble director N McElroy becomes US Secretary of Defense
  • 1957 Soviet spy Jack Sobel sentenced to 7 years (NYC)
  • 1957 Turkish & Syrian border guards exchange fire
  • 1958 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
  • 1958 Dr Ake Senning installs first pacemaker (Stockholm)
  • 1958 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1959 "At the Drop of a Hat" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • 1959 Conservatives win British general election
  • 1959 LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series
  • 1960 Bobby Richarson hits a World Series grand slammer
  • 1960 3rd Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats Australia 10-3
  • 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • 1961 American Phil Hill's Ferrari team does not participate in season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen having already clinched World Drivers Championship; English driver Innes Ireland wins Lotus' first ever Grand Prix
  • 1962 Algeria admitted as 109th member of UN
  • 1962 North Korea reports 100% election turnout, miraculously 100% vote for the Workers' Party
  • 1962 Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes article "Bedingt abwehrbereit" ("Conditionally prepared for defense") about NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", uncovering sorry state of West German army. Magazine soon accused of treason.
  • 1963 Sultan of Zanzibar cedes his mainland possessions to Kenya
  • 1964 Gilroy Roberts becomes first US chief engraver to retire (than die)

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1964 Ringo Starr passes his driving test

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1965 Muslims in Jakarta set fire to PKI headquarters
  • 1965 Post Office Tower opens in London, tallest building in England

  • 1965 Once-Hertogenbosch soccer team FC de Bosch forms
  • 1965 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1966 Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yds (54, 54, 52)

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1967 Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1968 Dutch aircraft carrier Karel Doorman (formerly British HMS Venerable) sold to Argentina
  • 1969 The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1970 Soviet author Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn wins Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1970 The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) propose that a system of Proportional Representation (PR) should be used in elections in Northern Ireland

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1971 John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1971 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1972 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1972 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1972 In Game 2 of ALCS, Oakland A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
  • 1972 Lerrin LaGrow Campy, who had been hit by a pitch, is fined & suspended
  • 1972 Despite retiring with suspension trouble at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Emerson Fittipaldi becomes first Brazilian to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from Jackie Stewart

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1973 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1973 Spyris Markezinis forms government in Greece
  • 1973 OPEC meets with oil companies to discuss revision of 1971 Tehran agreement and oil prices; negotiations fail.
  • 1974 Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it was the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
  • 1975 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome

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1976 Sex Pistols sign with EMI

Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones
  • 1977 Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant)
  • 1977 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1
  • 1978 Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
  • 1978 Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City

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1978 American Mario Andretti in a Lotus finishes 10th in the season ending Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit, but wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 13 points from Ronnie Peterson

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1979 J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1979 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

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1980 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1980 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
  • 1980 USSR & Syria sign peace treaty
  • 1980 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1981 USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser

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1981 US President Ronald Reagan greets predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1982 New Jersey Devils 1st NHL victory; beat New York Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
  • 1982 Poland bans Solidarity & all labor unions
  • 1983 1st regular season Islander OT game beat Caps 8-7
  • 1983 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to NY Islanders 8-7
  • 1983 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 1
  • 1983 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox, 3 games to 1

  • 1984 18th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • 1984 NBC's premiere of TV made "The Burning Bed", based on Francine Hughes
  • 1985 "Rembrandt & Hitler or Me" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1985 Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables" premieres in London
  • 1985 Little Richard seriously injured in a car accident
  • 1986 Mike Scott ties playoff record of 14 strikeouts, beats Mets 1-0
  • 1986 RUN DMC calls for a day of peace among LA street gangs
  • 1988 Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage
  • 1988 Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
  • 1989 Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
  • 1989 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1990 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins
  • 1990 Israeli police kill 17 Palestinian rioters
  • 1990 US doctors Joseph E Murray & E Donnall Thomas win Nobel Prize
  • 1991 The Croatian Parliament cuts all remaining ties with Yugoslavia
  • 1992 Nobel Prize for literature is given to West Indies poet Derek Walcott
  • 1992 Ottawa Senators 1st NHL game
  • 1992 Pioneer Venus Orbiter (1st Venus orbiter-1978), crashes into Venus

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1993 Howard Stern releases his 1st book "Private Parts"

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1993 UN lifts remaining economic sanctions against South Africa
  • 1994 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Aleta Sill

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1995 Dolphin's Dan Marino breaks Tarkenton's NFL career completions record

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1995 Edgar Martinez drives home tying & winning runs to rally Mariners to 6-5 win in bottom of 11th to beat Yankees & win AL Division Series
  • 1998 Oslo Gardermoen airport opening after the close down of Fornebu.

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1998 José Saramago is the first person from Portugal to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist José Saramago
José Saramago
  • 1999 New Coligny Calendar, NCC, The beginning of a new era of the Coligny calendar, the oldest material Celtic calendar.
  • 2000 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Loch Lomond GC: Europe regains Cup 14½-11½; Carin Koch holes winning putt, coming back from 3 down to beat Michele Redman

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2000 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to clinch his 3rd, and 1st of 5 straight F1 World Drivers Championships

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

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2001 U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2001 A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2003 Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon win the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes

Molecular biologist Peter Agre
Molecular biologist
Peter Agre

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2003 Clive Granger and Robert F. Engle awarded Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for methods of analyzing economic time series with time-varying volatility (ARCH)”

Economist Clive Granger
Clive Granger
Economist Robert F. Engle
Robert F. Engle

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2004 Kenyan Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace"

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai
  • 2005 The Kashmir earthquake hits parts of northern South Asia at 03:50 UTC.

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2005 NHL great Wayne Gretzky gets his first win as a coach as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2011 Irish professional darts player Brendan Dolan plays 1st perfect 9 dart game on TV in semi-final against James Wade at PDC World Darts Championship in Dublin
  • 2012 35 people are killed by a Nigerian military bomb struck a convoy in Maiduguri

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2012 Hugo Chávez is re-elected as president of Venezuela for a fourth term

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • 2012 Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, the first elected Libyan Prime Minister, is voted out of office by the Libyan parliament

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2012 John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka win the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work on reprogramming end stage cells to become pluripotent

Developmental biologist John B. Gurdon
Developmental biologist
John B. Gurdon
Physician Shinya Yamanaka
Shinya Yamanaka
  • 2013 Peter Higgs and François Englert win the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the origin of the mass of subatomic particles
  • 2014 The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize
  • 2014 Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy
  • 2015 Nobel prize for Literature awarded to Belarusian journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich

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2015 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • 2016 140 people are killed in an air strike during a wake in Sanaa, Yemen
  • 2016 New Zealand routs South Africa, 57-14 in Durban to win their 4th Rugby Championship; undefeated All Blacks score 9 tries to 1, 2 each to Israel Dagg, TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett
  • 2017 Wildfires ignite in Northern Californian wine country, killing at least 41 over the next week, with 20,000 evacutated
  • 2018 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees becomes NFL's all-time leader in passing yards; needs 201 yards to pass Peyton Manning's record; gets 363 & 3 TD's in Saints 43-19 win v Washington Redskins at the SuperDome