On This Day

On This Day in History for December 8 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1991 Russia, Belorussia & Ukraine form Commonwealth of Ind States
  • 1991 The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.
  • 1992 Spacecraft Galileo makes its second and closest flyby of Earth at a minimum distance of 305 km for a gravity assist on its way to Jupiter [1]
  • 1993 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria
  • 1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53
  • 1993 Storm hits western Europe, 11 killed in England
  • 1994 Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed
  • 1998 Tadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
  • 2002 The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be "CARICOM-Cuba Day" - To celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
  • 2004 Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the Union of South American Nations
  • 2005 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.
  • 2008 Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.
  • 2009 Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.

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2010 With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • 2012 UN climate conference agrees to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020

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2018 US President Donald Trump announces John Kelly will be stepping down as White House Chief of Staff at the end of the year

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 Fire in an illegal bag factory in Delhi, India, kills 43
  • 2019 Polar explorers Mike Horn and Børge Ousland complete an 1,800 km (1,118 miles) journey on drifting ice in darkness in the Arctic
  • 2019 Sanna Marin becomes Finland's youngest-ever Prime Minister at the age of 34
  • 2020 The UK begins vaccinating for COVID-19 using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • 2020 Former Israeli space security chief Haim Eshed says Aliens and a Galactic Federation exist and Donald Trump knows about it, in article published in the Jerusalem Post

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