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Thursday October 8, 2020

October 8: Day of the Week

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

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.

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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)

  • 1573
    End of the Spanish siege of Alkmaar, the first Dutch victory in Eighty Years War.
  • 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.
  • 1904
    Edmonton, Alberta was incorporated as a city.
  • 1904
    Prince Albert, Saskatchewan was incorporated as a city.
  • 1918
    World War I: In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Corporal Alvin C. York kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany annexes Western Poland.
  • 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
    Greek military junta of 1967–1974: Junta strongman George Papadopoulos appoints Spyros Markezinis as Prime Minister of Greece with the task to lead Greece to parliamentary rule.
  • 2001
    A twin engine Cessna and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) jetliner collide in heavy fog during takeoff from Milan, Italy killing 118.

Who were born on October 8?

  • 1765
    Harman Blennerhassett, Irish lawyer (d. 1831)
  • 1884
    Walther von Reichenau, German military officer (d. 1942)
  • 1889
    C. E. Woolman, American airline founder (d. 1966)
  • 1895
    King Zog I of Albania (d. 1961)
  • 1917
    Walter Lord, American author (d. 2002)
  • 1948
    Pedro López, Colombian serial killer
  • 1950
    Robert Kool Bell, American musician (Kool & the Gang)
  • 1956
    Stephanie Zimbalist, American actress
  • 1966
    Karyn Parsons, American actress
  • 1976
    Galo Blanco, Spanish tennis player

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