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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for December 8th

  • Year 395 » Later Yan is defeated by its former vassal Northern Wei at the Battle of Canhe Slope.
  • Year 1432 » The first battle between the forces of Švitrigaila and Sigismund Kęstutaitis is fought near the town of Ashmyany called Oszmiana (Ashmyany), launching the most active phase of the Lithuanian Civil War (1431–1435) e.g Lithuanian Civil War.
  • Year 1560 » The city of Guarulhos is founded.
  • Year 1596 » Luis de Carabajal the younger, one of the first Jewish authors in the Americas, died in an auto-da-fé during the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico City.
  • Year 1854 » In his Apostolic constitution 'Ineffabilis Deus', Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogmatic definition of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Mary (mother of Jesus) called Virgin Mary was conceived free of original sin.
  • Year 1907 » King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Monarchy of Sweden e.g Swedish throne.
  • Year 1912 » Leaders of the German Empire hold an German Imperial War Council of 8 December 1912 e.g Imperial War Council to discuss the possibility that war might break out.
  • Year 1941 » World War II: Japanese forces simultaneously invade Japanese invasion of Malaya Malaya, Japanese invasion of Thailand Thailand, Battle of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Philippines Campaign (1941–42) the Philippines, and Dutch East Indies campaign the Dutch East In
  • Year 1941 » World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be "Infamy Speech known as a date which will live in infamy", after which United States declaration of war upon Japan named the U.S. declares war on Japan.
  • Year 1949 » The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is established to provide aid to Palestinian refugees who left their homes during the 1948 Palestinian exodus.
  • Year 1953 » U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his "Atoms for Peace" speech, which leads to an American program to supply equipment and information on nuclear power to schools, hospitals, and research institutions around the world.
  • Year 1962 » Workers at four New York City newspapers (this later increases to nine) 1962–63 New York City newspaper strike known as go on strike for 114 days.
  • Year 1963 » Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707, is struck by lightning and crashes near Elkton, Maryland, killing all 81 people on board.
  • Year 1966 » The Greece called Greek ship SS named Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.
  • Year 1969 » An Olympic Airways Douglas DC-6 Olympic Airways Flight 954 called strikes a mountain outside of Keratea, Greece, killing 90—the worst crash of a DC-6.
  • Year 1972 » United Airlines Flight 553, a Boeing 737, crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45. The crash is the first-ever loss of a Boeing 737.
  • Year 1974 » A Greek plebiscite, 1974 named plebiscite results in the abolition of Monarchy of Greece named monarchy in Greece.
  • Year 1980 » John Lennon Death of John Lennon or is murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City.
  • Year 1982 » In Suriname, December murders known as several opponents of the military government are killed.
  • Year 1987 » The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed.
  • Year 1987 » Frank Vitkovic Queen Street Massacre e.g shoots and kills eight people at the Australia Post building in Melbourne, Australia or Melbourne, before jumping to his death.
  • Year 1987 » The 1987 Alianza Lima air disaster called Alianza Lima air disaster occurs.
  • Year 1987 » An Israeli army tank transporter kills four Palestinian refugees and injures seven others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the Israel–Gaza Strip barrier named Israel–Gaza Strip border, sparking the First Intifada.
  • Year 1988 » A United States Air Force Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II called A-10 Thunderbolt II 1988 Remscheid A-10 crash e.g crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany, killing 5 people and injuring 50 others.
  • Year 1991 » The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • Year 1991 » The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.
  • Year 1998 » Tadjena massacre named Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
  • Year 2004 » The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cusco or Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
  • Year 2009 » December 2009 Baghdad bombings or Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kill 127 and injure 448.
  • Year 2010 » With the COTS Demo Flight 1 or second launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the first launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
  • Year 2010 » The Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passes the planet Venus at a distance of about 80,800 km.

World History for the Month of December