December 8 Events in History - December 8 Birthdays - December 8 Deaths
2014 Private car scheduling service Uber has been meeting with opposition as it rapidly expands into cities around the world; complaints range from insufficient driver background checks to violation of rules protecting existing transportation services
2014 The White House supports release of a report detailing CIA interrogation methods while acknowledging that the report details will likely spur violence by parties and nations hostile to the U.S.
2013 In Kiev, Russia, anti-government protesters topple the last surviving monument of Vladimir Lenin; the monument fell in Bessarabska Square; it was was pounded with hammers and only some parts of the Soviet hero's legs remained
2013 After the People's Republic of China expands its air zone, South Korea responds by expand its air defense zone, causing rising tensions in the region
2012 Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi declares that proposed referendums on a new constitution will be enacted, but the decree he issued expanding his powers will be annulled
2012 Philippine President Benigno Aquino, announces a state of national calamity after Typhoon Bopha claims over 450 lives
2011 Japan's Government apologizes to Canada for the treatment of its POWs during World War II
2011 John Corzine, former CEO of MG Global, testifies before a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, stating he doesn't know where hundreds of millions of dollars of his customers' money has gone
2010 Paris closes the Eiffel Tower due to snow
2010 Large parts of the United Kingdom are treated to a rare sighting of a meteor fireball
2009 At a ceremony in eastern Shan State, Burma, authorities burn $93 million in seized narcotic drugs
1997 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes and Spice Girls win
1996 "God Said, Ha!" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City after 22 performances
1996 Donna Andrews and Mike Hulbert win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1994 "What's Wrong With this Picture?" opens at Circle in Sq New York City for 12 per
1994 Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges
1994 Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed
1993 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria
1993 4th Billboard Music Awards
1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53
1993 Storm hits West Europe, 11 killed in England
1992 Galileo's nearest approach to Jupiter (303 km)
1992 NBC announces that "Cheers" will go off the air in May, 1993
1991 "Homecoming" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 49 performances
1991 "Nick and Nora" opens at Marquis Theater New York City for 9 performances
1991 Kris Tschetter/Billy Andrade wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1991 Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine form Commonwealth of Ind States
1990 Galileo Earth-1 Flyby
1990 Indians agree to a lease new ballpark in Gateway (Jacobs Field)
1989 Great Britain performs nuclear test
1988 Knick's set NBA record of 11 3-pointers and sink Bucks, 113-109
1987 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
1987 Occupied Palestinians start "intefadeh" (uprising) against Israel
1987 President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles
1986 House Dems select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker
1985 60th Australian Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (62 46 62)
1985 Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (New York Jet record) to Wesley Walker
1985 Laurie Rinker/Larry Rinker wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1984 73rd Australian Men Tennis: Mats Wilander beats K Curren (67 64 76 62)
1984 Europe and 64 developing countries sign Lome III treaty
1984 Ringo appears on Saturday Night Live
1983 9th Space Shuttle Mission - Columbia 6 - lands at Edwards AFB
1983 Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of San Francisco Zen Center
1982 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador New York City for 6 performances
1982 Clark Gilles fails in 7th Islander penalty shot
1982 Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
1982 Demanding an end to nuclear weapons, Norman Mayer, held Washington Monument hostage. After 10 hours, police kill him he had no explosives
1981 France performs nuclear test
1980 Bravo network premieres on cable TV
1978 Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park
1977 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
1977 Portugal's premier Soares resigns
1976 U.N. General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim secretary-General
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 "Raisin" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 847 performances
1974 Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
1974 Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
1974 Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
1974 Soyuz 16 returns to Earth
1973 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater New York City after 296 performances
1973 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)
1972 United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
1969 Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
1969 Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
1967 Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK
1967 NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals
1966 A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith
1966 U.S. and U.S.S.R. sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
1965 Abe Burrows' "Cactus Flower," premieres in New York City
1965 Nikolai Podgorny succeeds Mikojan as president of U.S.S.R.
1965 Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
1963 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 112 performances
1963 Mickey Wright/Dave Ragan, Jr. wins LPGA Haig and Haig Scotch Mixed Golf
1963 3 fuel tanks explodes when jetliner is struck by lightning crashing near Elkton, Maryland-Only case of lightning caused crash, 81 die
1962 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert New York City after 300 performances
1962 114-day newspaper strike begins in New York City
1962 Failed coup in Brunei
1962 Funeral for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland (New Kerk, Delft)
1961 Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
1961 Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)
1961 South Africa vs. New Zealand, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow and Peter Pollock
1961 Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78
1960 Expansion LA Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium
1959 Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta
1959 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan vs. Australia Test Cricket at Karachi
1956 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
1956 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0
1956 Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues," single goes #1 for 10 weeks
1955 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)
1955 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award
1955 Turkish government of Menderes forms
1954 Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed," premieres in New York City
1954 WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
1952 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
1952 French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
1952 Isaak Ben-Zwi elected President of Israel
1951 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 267 performances
1951 AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting NL's suspended game rule and lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games
1949 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 740 performances
1949 Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa
1949 Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," premieres in New York City
1948 "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 168 performances
1948 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
1948 Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
1947 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater New York City for 11 performances
1946 Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight
1943 John Van Druten's "Voice of the Turtle," premieres in New York City
1942 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)
1941 Destruction Camp Chelmo opens
1941 London: Dutch government declares Japan the war
1941 Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo
1941 SF 1st blackout, at 6:15 PM
1941 U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan, U.S. enters WW II
1940 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
1938 Highest temperature for December in U.S. recorded in La Mesa California
1938 LP Beria follows Nikolai Jezjov as head of Russian secret police
1936 Anastasio Somoza elected President of Nicaragua
1936 NAACP files suit to equalize salaries of black and white teachers
1934 Friedrich Wolf's "Professor Mamlock," premieres in Zurich
1931 Coaxial cable patented
1930 Broadway Theater opens at 1681 Broadway New York City
1930 Cole Porter's musical "NYCers," premieres in New York City
1923 German - U.S friendship treaty signed
1923 Labour/Liberals win British parliament
1923 Salary and price freeze in Germany
1921 Eamon de Valera publicly repudiates Anglo-Irish Treaty
1915 Jean Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E, premieres
1914 British and German fleets battle at Falkland Island
1914 Connie Mack sells Eddie Collins to the White Sox
1914 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step," premieres in New York City
1913 Construction starts on Palace of Fine Arts in SF
1909 Bird banding society found
1902 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. became Associate Justice on Supreme Court
1899 Natal: British fall/burst out belegerd Ladysmith
1896 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Missing 3 Quarter"
1895 Battle at Amba Alagi: Ethiopian emperor Menelik II drives Italian general Baratieri's out
1886 American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president
1881 Vienna's Ring Theater destroyed by fire, kills between 640-850
1880 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal South Africa
1876 Suriname begins compulsory education for 7-12 years
1875 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's "Volki i Ovsty," premieres in St. Petersburg
1874 Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie, Kansas
1869 20th Roman Catholic ecumenical council, Vatican I, opens in Rome
1864 Pope Pius IX publishes encyclical Quanta cura ("Syllabus errorum")
1863 2,500 reported killed at Church of La Compana, Santiago Chile
1863 Abraham Lincoln announces plan for Reconstruction of South
1863 Jesuit church in Chile catches fire, 2,500 die in panic
1863 President Lincoln offers amnesty for confederate deserters
1857 1st production of Dion Boucicaults "Poor of NY"
1854 Pope Pius IX proclaims Immaculate Conception, makes Mary, free of Original Sin
1852 Gustav Freytag's "Die Journalisten," premieres in Breslau
1849 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller," premieres in Naples
1846 Hector Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust," premieres
1813 Ludwig von Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres
1794 1st issue of Herald of Rutland, VT published
1792 1st cremation in U.S., Henry Laurens
1777 Captain Cook leaves Society Islands
1776 George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from New Jersey
1710 Battle at Brihuega: English General Stanhope captured
1326 Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi