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December 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 8

December 8th is known as Brownie Day and Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 342nd day of the year, with only 23 days left of this year. It’s also just 17 days away from Christmas.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the zodiac sign of Sagittarius.

If you’re looking for facts about December 8th, then you’re in the right place as here we have a whole bunch of interesting facts & historical events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1864, the Clifton Suspension Bridge was finally opened? It was from this bridge that the first modern bungee jumps were taken.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 8th in history!

What Happened On December 8 In History?

1987

US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles.

OTD in 1987: US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles.
1982

Sophie’s Choice directed by Alan J. Pakula was released.

The movie was based on William Styron's 1979 novel of the same name.
1980

John Lennon had his last professional photoshoot.

Annie Leibovitz had a photoshoot with John Lennon for Rolling Stone Magazine. Originally it was only supposed to be Lennon, but Lennon insisted on having his partner, Yoko Ono in the photo with him. Lennon was shot and killed just five hours later.
1963

Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped.

Frank Sinatra's only son was kidnapped at gunpoint in Lake Tahoe. He was held for 54 hours by a group of men who demanded that his father pay a ransom of $240,000, which he did. Sinatra Jr. was later released and the kidnappers were caught a few days later.
1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his “Atoms for Peace” speech at the United Nations in New York.

1941

President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his “Day of Infamy” speech to the US Congress – a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

1921

Eamon de Valera publicly repudiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

1881

Vienna’s Ring Theater was destroyed by a fire. It killed between 640-850 people.

1864

The Clifton Suspension Bridge was finally opened.

OTD in 1864: The Clifton Suspension Bridge was finally opened.
This bridge which was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, opened in Bristol, England, 5 years after Brunel passed away.
1863

Abraham Lincoln issued his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for the Reconstruction of the South.

1792

Henry Laurens became the first person to be cremated in the US.

Did you know that on this day, December 8th 1864, the Clifton Suspension Bridge was finally opened?