December 8: Day of the Week
December 8, 2018 was the 342nd day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 23 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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December 8 Historical Event(s)
- 1854In his Apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogmatic definition of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Virgin Mary was born free of original sin.
- 1941Japanese forces simultaneously invade Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines. These happen concurrently with the Attack on Pearl Harbor, which was on December 7 in the United States.
- 1941United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be “a date which will live in infamy”, after which the U.S. and the Republic of China declare war against Japan.
- 1987An 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 border, sparking the First Intifada.
- 1987Frank Vitkovic shoots and kills eight people at the Australia Post building in Melbourne, before jumping to his death.
- 1998Eighty-one people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
- 2004The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
- 2007Benazir Bhutto, first and only female former Prime Minister of Pakistan, had her PPP Office stormed by unidentified gunmen. Three supporters are killed.
- 2009Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.
- 2010With the second launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the first launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
Who were born on December 8?
- 1815Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist (d. 1905)
- 1916Richard Fleischer, American film director (d. 2006)
- 1939Soko Richardson, American rhythm and blues drummer (d. 2004)
- 1947Gérard Blanc, French singer
- 1949Ray Shulman, English musician
- 1962Marty Friedman, American guitarist
- 1962Steve Elkington, Australian golfer
- 1963Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese wrestler
- 1973Doron Bell Jr., Canadian actor
- 1979Ingrid Michaelson, American indie-pop singer-songwriter
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