On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1984 STS 51-A mission launches
  • 1985 Atlantis moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 61-B mission
  • 1987 11 are killed in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
  • 1988 900 die as earthquake hits China
  • 1988 Vice President George H. W. Bush is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Michael Dukakis
  • 1988 Rafael Fernandez Colón re-elected Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 1989 Douglas Wilder elected 1st African American Governor of Virginia and any state since reconstruction
  • 1989 Hong Kong's MTR Lam Tin Station comes into service.
  • 1990 100,000 additional US troops are sent to Persian gulf
  • 1990 Saddam fires his army chief & threatens to destroy Arabian peninsula
  • 1990 Unconfirmed rumors emerge that Bush might announce an airlift of supplies to US embassy in Kuwait, which could ultimately trigger a military clash
  • 1992 300,000 demonstrate against racism in Berlin
  • 1994 Haitian government of Smarck Michel forms
  • 1994 Republican Party nominee Tom Ridge wins Pennsylvania Gubernatorial election with 45% of the vote

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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"

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 2004 War in Iraq: More than 10,000 U.S. troops and a small number of Iraqi army units participate in a siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country

Africa's 1st Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's 1st Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2008 John Key leads the National Party to victory in New Zealand's general election, defeating nine year Prime Minister Helen Clark and her Labour-led coalition government

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
New Zealand Prime Minister
Helen Clark
  • 2011 The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometres or 201,700 miles), the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 2010 XC15 in 1976.
  • 2013 11 people are killed in a car park bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 2013 At least 6,000 people are killed after Typhoon Haiyan, tied with Typhoon Meranti as being the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall, hits the Philippines
  • 2014 Protests across New Zealand against the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

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2014 Mikhail Gorbachev warns that tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new Cold War

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev

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2014 US President Obama authorises deployment of 1,500 additional troops to help train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016 Republican Donald Trump is elected President of the United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton, who received 2.9 million more votes

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton

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2016 Indian PM Narendra Modi announces the demonetization of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes during an unscheduled live televised address, canceling 86% of the notes in circulation in a battle against corruption

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • 2017 UK Minister Priti Patel resigns after secret meetings revealed with Israeli officials
  • 2017 Louvre Abu Dhabi is inaugurated, largest art museum on Arabian peninsula
  • 2017 In unprecedented move, Indian officials close all Delhi schools for rest of the week due to smog
  • 2018 Mass grave of 200 people discovered on border of Somali and Oromia regions, Ethiopia, in investigation into atrocities by former regional president Abdi Mohammed
  • 2018 Virtual newsreader unveiled by China's state news agency Xinhua News, able to work 24 hours a day
  • 2018 Authorities report more than 150 people have been killed in week-long assault by government forces on port of Hudaydah in Yemen
  • 2018 Azerbaijan woman who spent £16m in Harrods granted bail in UK after being arrested for suspested embezzlement under new laws
  • 2018 Deadliest fire in Californian history, the Camp Fire starts at Plumas National Forest spreads in Butte County destroying town of Paradise, more than 13,000 buildings and killing at least 88
  • 2018 Woolsey Fire starts near Thousand Oaks, California with Malibu and Calabasas evacuated, kills three
  • 2018 Qatar delivers $15 million in cash to pay civil servants in Gaza after earlier sending fuel to increase electricity from 4 to 8 hours a day
  • 2020 Global recorded cases of COVID-19 pass 50 million, with the known death toll at 1,245,240 (Johns Hopkins data)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2020 Kamala Harris makes US history as the 1st woman and 1st woman of color to be elected to the vice presidency (date election called)

49th US Vice President and Senator Kamala Harris
49th US Vice President and Senator
Kamala Harris
  • 2020 More than 50 people beheaded in latest attack by Islamist militants in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique [1]

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2020 First test of a high-speed levitating pod system to carry people and cargo, by Richard Branson's Virgin Hyperloop in Las Vegas, Nevada

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson

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2020 Rudy Giuliani holds infamous Trump Campaign press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia to contest the US election results

Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani
Mayor of New York City
Rudy Giuliani

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