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Thursday October 8, 2020

October 8: Day of the Week

October 8, 2020 is the 282nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 84 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.

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

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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October 8 Historical Event(s)

  • 1806
    Napoleonic Wars: Forces of the British Empire lay siege to the port of Boulogne in France by using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve.
  • 1856
    The Second Opium War between several western powers and China begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Perryville – Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halt the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg at Perryville, Kentucky.
  • 1904
    Prince Albert, Saskatchewan was incorporated as a city.
  • 1921
    KDKA in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field conducts the first live broadcast of a football game.
  • 1928
    Joseph Szigeti gives the first performance of Alfredo Casella’s Violin Concerto.
  • 1962
    Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes the article “Bedingt abwehrbereit” (“Conditionally prepared for defense”) about a NATO manoeuver called “Fallex 62”, which uncovered the sorry state of the Bundeswehr (Germany’s army) facing the communist threat from the east at the time. The magazine is soon accused of treason.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: Operation Sealords – United States and South Vietnamese forces launch a new operation in the Mekong Delta.
  • 1973
    Yom Kippur War: Gabi Amir’s armored brigade attacks Egyptian occupied positions on the Israeli side of the Suez Canal, in hope of driving them away. The attack fails, and over 150 Israeli tanks are destroyed.
  • 1978
    Australia’s Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.

Who were born on October 8?

  • 1715
    Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1774)
  • 1889
    C. E. Woolman, American airline founder (d. 1966)
  • 1913
    Robert Gilruth, American aviation and space pioneer (d. 2000)
  • 1917
    Billy Conn, American boxer (d. 1993)
  • 1918
    Jens Christian Skou, Danish chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1968
    Leeroy Thornhill, British musician (The Prodigy)
  • 1974
    Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower
  • 1976
    Renate Groenewold, Dutch speed skater
  • 1978
    Antonino D'Agostino, Italian footballer
  • 1985
    Bruno Mars, American singer-songwriter

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