October 8 Events in History - October 8 Birthdays - October 8 Deaths



2014 Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to develop Ebola in the U.S., dies after 11 days in a Dallas hospital; he was sent home after an initial hospital visit despite stating he had been in West Africa, but he was admitted upon his return two days later
2014 The Buffalo Bills are being sold to businessman Terry Pegula for $1.4 billion, the highest price paid in history for an NFL team; previously owner Ralph Wilson, now deceased, paid $25,000 in 1959
2013 Winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics include theoretical physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain
2013 The Privy Council rejects proposals for a Royal Charter for self-regulation of the British Press
2012 In Haiti, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced plans to pay for a new education fund with a new 'sin' tax on alcohol, cigarettes and gambling
2012 The Libyan parliament passes a vote of no confidence for Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, the first elected Prime Minister of Libya; Abdurrahim El-Keib again takes over the post
2011 With an unbeaten run of 14 wins, Australian mare Black Caviar ties the horse racing record for consecutive victories set by Phar Lap
2011 In western Ethiopia, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees opens new refugee camp for refugees from Sudan and South Sudan
2010 Japan's government approves a $60 billion economic stimulus package
2007 Marion Jones gives up 5 Olympic medals after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs
2005 Earthquake in Kashmir kills approximately 80,000 people
2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected the governor of California
2001 SAS flight 686 crashes near Milano-Linate, killing 114, crash caused by flight crew and tower confusion
1998 House of Representatives approves impeachment inquiry of President Clinton
1995 Dolphin's Dan Marino breaks Tarkenton's NFL career completions record
1995 Edgar Martinez drives home tying and winning runs to rally Mariners to 6-5 win in bottom of 11th to beat Yankees and win AL Division Series
1994 BPAA U.S. Women's Bowling Open won by Aleta Sill
1993 Howard Stern releases his 1st book "Private Parts"
1993 Qn Elizabeth's nephew Viscount Linley (32) weds Serena Stanhope (24)
1993 U.N. lifts remaining economic sanctions against South Africa
1992 Nobel Prize for literature is given to West Indies poet Derek Walcott
1992 Ottawa Sentors 1st NHL game
1992 Pioneer Venus Orbiter (1st Venus orbiter-1978), crashes into Venus
1990 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins
1990 Israeli police kill 17 Palestinian rioters
1990 U.S. doctors Joseph E. Murray and E. Donnall Thomas win Nobel Prize
1989 Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
1988 Fire in Seattle's Space Needle causes evacuation, $2,000 damage
1988 Jay Howell ejected in NLCS game 3 for having pine tar on his glove
1986 Mike Scott ties playoff record of 14 strikeouts, beats Mets 1-0
1986 RUN DMC calls for a day of peace among LA street gangs
1985 "Rembrandt and Hitler or Me" premieres in Amsterdam
1985 Alain Boubil/Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables," premieres in London
1985 Little Richard seriously injured in a car accident
1984 18th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
1983 1st regular season Islander OT game beat Caps 8-7
1983 Washington Capitals 1st NHL overtime game losing to New York Islanders 8-7
1982 New Jersey Devils 1st victory, beating New York Rangers 3-2 at Meadowlands
1982 Poland bans Solidarity and all labor unions
1981 1st broadcast of "Cagney and Lacey" on ABC-TV
1981 President Reagan greeted predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald R Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral
1980 Bob Marley collapses on stage, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital
1980 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
1980 U.S.S.R. and Syria sign peace treaty
1980 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
1979 "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 1208 performances
1979 J McHugh and A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies," premieres in New York City
1978 Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
1978 Yankees win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City
1977 Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant)
1976 Sex Pistols sign with EMI
1973 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cincinnatis' Pete Rose and New York Met Bud Harrelson
1973 Spyris Markezinis forms government in Greece
1972 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 8 performances
1972 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
1972 In Game 2 of ALCS, A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
1972 Lerrin LaGrow Campy, who had been hit by a pitch, is fined and suspended
1971 John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine"
1971 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 Soviet author Alexander I Solzhenitsyn wins Nobel Prize for Literature
1968 Aircraft carrier Charles Doorman sold to Argentina
1966 Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yards (54, 54, 52)
1965 Djakarta Moslems set fire to PKI-headquarter
1965 London's Post Office Tower opens, tallest building in England
1965 Once-Hertogenbosch soccer team FC de Bosch forms
1965 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1964 Gilroy Roberts becomes 1st U.S. chief engraver to retire (than die)
1963 Sultan of Zanzibar cedes his mainland possessions to Kenya
1962 Algeria admitted as 109th member of U.N.
1962 North Korea reports 100% election turnout, 100% vote for Workers' Party
1961 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Bill Brannin's Swing Parade Golf Tournament
1961 U.S. Constellation crashes at Richmond, Virginia, 74 die
1961 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1961 Whitey Ford breaks Babe Ruth's World Series record of 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, running his streak to 32
1960 Bobby Richarson hits a World Series grand slammer
1959 "At the Drop of a Hat" opens at John Golden Theater New York City for 216 performances
1959 Conservatives win British election
1959 Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series
1958 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
1958 Dr. Ake Senning installs 1st pacemaker in Stockholm
1958 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1958 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1957 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
1957 Procter and Gamble-director N McElroy becomes U.S. Minister of Defense
1957 Soviet spy Jack Sobel sentenced to 7 years (New York City)
1957 Turkish and Syrian border guards exchange fire
1956 Don Larsen, New York, pitches only perfect World Series game, vs Brooklyn
1955 Worlds most powerful aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga launched
1953 Birmingham Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in and drops white players from his group
1953 WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins
1952 2 trains collide with a derailed commuter train, kills 112 (England)
1952 Chinese offensive in Korea
1951 "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 56 performances
1951 Ford Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League
1950 4th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 7-1 at Detroit
1950 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17
1946 Kwo-less-shrew selects General Chiang Kai-shek as president of China
1946 Military plane crashes at Christian HBS, 24 die
1945 Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada
1944 "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debut on CBS radio
1944 Samuel Barber's "Capricorn Concerto," premieres
1943 Great Britain establishes bases on Azores
1942 Fight at Matanikau, Guadalcanal (John Hersey-Into the Valley)
1941 Concentration camp Birkenau begins being built
1940 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
1940 German troops occupies Romania
1939 Germany annexes Western Poland
1939 New York Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win
1938 G Kaufman and Moss Hart's "Fabulous Invalid," premieres in New York City
1935 Ozzie Nelson marries Harriet Hilliard (Ozzie and Harriet)
1934 Bruno Hauptmann is indicted for murder of Lindbergh's son
1933 Coit Tower dedicated in SF, a monument to firefighters
1933 Martinez Barrios forms new Spanish government
1930 Philadelphia A's beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 2 in 27th World Series
1929 A's Howard Ehmke (7-2) sets World Series record striking out 13 Cubs
1929 Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan/drives out H Ghazi
1928 Cole Porter and E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris," premieres in New York City
1928 Eastern Soccer League forms in U.S.
1927 New York Yankees sweep Pirates in 24th World Series
1927 Sea battle at Navarino (Greece freed of Ottoman occupation)
1924 British Labour government of MacDonald falls to Communists
1922 New York Giants beat Yankees, 4 games to 0, with a tie in 19th World Series
1918 7 U.S. soldiers are surrounded by Germans in France, Alvin York is given command and shoots 20 Germans and captures 132 more
1918 Sergeant Alvin York single-handedly kills 25, captures 132 Germans
1917 Trotski named chairman of Petrograd Soviet
1915 Battle of Loos, almost 430,000 French, British and Germans killed
1915 Phillies win their 1st and only World Series game before 1980, beating
1915 Red Sox, 3-1, with an 8th inning 2 run rally
1912 1st Balkan War begins - Montenegro declares war on Turkey
1912 Montenegro declares war on Turkey, beginning 1st Balkan War
1909 Chicago Cubs beat New York Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
1908 New York Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
1906 Karl Nessler demonstrates 1st 'permanent wave' for hair, in London
1904 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, New York)
1903 J. M. Synge's "In the Shadow of the Glen," premieres in Dublin
1898 1st Canadian Intercollegiate football game: McGill beats Queen's, 3-2
1897 Emperor Karl Joseph I named Gustav Mahler director of Opera
1896 Dow Jones starts reporting an average of selected industrial stocks
1895 Ohio Valley Improvement Association forms
1892 Sergei Rachmaninoff 1st performs "Prelude in C-sharp-Minor" in Moscow
1887 Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
1886 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Noble Bachelor"
1873 1st women's prison run by women opens at Indiana Reformatory Institute
1871 Gas explosion destroys Peshtigo, Wisconsin
1871 Great Fire kills 200, destroys over 4miles (10 km) of Chicago buildings, and original Emancipation Proclamation
1865 Earthquake in Santa Cruz Mountains
1862 Battle of Perryville, Kentucky-Confederate invasion halted
1862 Otto von Bismarck becomes German republic chancellor
1860 Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens
1856 Chinese police board British vessel Arrow, arrest 12 Chinese crewmen on suspicion of piracy and lower British flag, begins 2nd Anglo-Chinese War
1842 Princess Sophia weds her cousin duke Charles Saksen-Weimar-Eisenach
1840 1st Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
1835 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reache James Island, Galapagos archipelago
1822 1st eruption of Galunggung (Java) sends boiling sludge into valley
1818 2 English boxers are 1st to use padded gloves
1815 Joachim Murats forces lands at Pizzo, Italy
1813 Treaty of Ried between Bayern and Austria
1806 British forces lay siege to French port of Boulogne using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve
1775 Officers decide to bar slaves and free blacks from Continental Army
1740 Chinese assault on Diestpoort Batavia
1712 French hijacker Jacques Cassard seen on Suriname coast
1690 Turkish troops occupy Belgrade
1633 Massachusetts Bay Colony forms its 1st government
1625 Admiral George Villiers' fleet sails from Plymouth to Cadiz
1604 Supernova "Kepler's nova" 1st sighted
1600 San Marino adopts constitution
1492 Columbus' fleet about 400 sea miles from Puerto Rico
1085 San Marcos minstery in Venice initiated
876 Battle at Andernach: Louis the Young beats Charles the Bare
451 Council of Chalcedon (4th ecumenical council) opens
314 Battle at Cibalae: emperor Constantine beats emperor Licinius











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