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Tuesday December 8, 2020

December 8: Day of the Week

December 8, 2020 is the 343rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 23 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.

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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1432
    The first battle between the forces of Švitrigaila and Sigismund Kęstutaitis is fought near the town of Oszmiana (Ashmyany), launching the most active phase of the Lithuanian Civil War.
  • 1907
    King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
  • 1941
    Japanese 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.
  • 1949
    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.
  • 1953
    United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his “Atoms for Peace” speech, and the U.S. launches its “Atoms for Peace” program that supplied equipment and information to schools, hospitals, and research institutions around the world.
  • 1962
    Workers at four New York City newspapers (this later increases to nine) go on strike for 114 days.
  • 1966
    The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.
  • 1987
    The Alianza Lima air disaster occurs.
  • 1998
    Eighty-one 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.

Who were born on December 8?

  • 1708
    Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1765)
  • 1765
    Eli Whitney, American inventor (d. 1825)
  • 1861
    William C. Durant, American automobile executive (d. 1947)
  • 1886
    Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (d. 1957)
  • 1937
    James MacArthur, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1949
    Mary Gordon, American writer
  • 1949
    Nancy Meyers, American film director, producer and screenwriter
  • 1958
    Rob Curling, British television presenter
  • 1976
    Reed Johnson, American baseball player
  • 1993
    AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer

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