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October 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, October 8, 1945, inventor Percy L. Spencer patented the Microwave Oven?

October 8th observes American Touch Tag Day and Fluffernutter Day.

Today marks the 281st day of the year. We now have only 84 days left until the end of the year.

This day is full of interesting events that happened in history, including events related to space, music, war and much, much more.

Did you know that on this day in 1945, inventor Percy L. Spencer patented the Microwave Oven? He’d noticed the effects of microwaves during an experiment when a candy bar had melted in his pocket.

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

What Events Happened On October 8 In History?

2018 An intergovernmental panel on Climate Change reported that the planet will heat up by 2.7°F by 2040 which will wreak havoc on our planet.

2017 Northern California’s wine country was devastated by sweeping wildfires.

OTD in 2017: Northern California's wine country was devastated by sweeping wildfires.
The fires lasted through to October 15, killed 44 people and 192 others were hospitalized.

2004 Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai became the first African female to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

1992 Pioneer Venus Orbiter, or Pioneer 12, sent its last transmission as it fell from its orbit around Venus.

The spacecraft was sent by the US in May 1978 and carried out 17 experiments in space.

1974 The Franklin National Bank closed due to fraud, the largest US bank to fail at the time.

1971 John Lennon’s most iconic hit, “Imagine,” was released in the UK.

1945 Inventor Percy L. Spencer patented the Microwave Oven.

OTD in 1945: Inventor Percy L. Spencer patented the Microwave Oven.
Although microwaves were already being used for other purposes, Spencer wanted to change the frequency so that the oven would be capable of cooking food in a timely, cost effective, and efficient manner.

1927 The first Laurel and Hardy movie “The Second Hundred Years” was released in the United States.

1918 American Army Corporal, Alvin York and seven men attacked a major German gun nest on their own during World War I.

The group managed to kill 20 Germans and captured 132.

1813 The Treaty of Ried was signed between Bavaria and Austria.

1769 Captain James Cook landed on Poverty Bay, New Zealand, where he studied and explored the land.

Many consider him to be the first European discoverer of the country, though he wasn't officially the first to sight it. Over a century before, in 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman had sighted New Zealand but did not set foot on the ground.

1604 Kepler’s Supernova was discovered on this day.

OTD in 1604: Kepler's Supernova was discovered on this day.
This was the second supernova to be discovered within a generation. The supernova was named after German astrologer Johannes Kepler.

Famous Quotes Said On October 8

Below are the most famous quotes people have said or written on Oct 8th throughout history.

1931

“Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.”

– Virginia Woolf

Famous People Born On October 8

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Bruno Mars? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1985 Bruno Mars

American Singer

Bruno Mars
Age:
36 years old
Born In:
Hawaii, USA
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1970 Matt Damon

American Actor

Matt Damon
Age:
51 years old
Born In:
Massachusetts, USA

1969 Jeremy Davies

American Actor

Jeremy Davies
Age:
52 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Special Holidays On October 8

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

October 8: American Touch Tag Day

American Touch Tag Day

October 8: National Fluffernutter Day

National Fluffernutter Day

October 8 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

If you were born on this day, your zodiac sign is Libra.

People born during October have the Pink Tourmaline birthstone. Tourmaline comes in almost every color of the rainbow. At one point in time, every color of tourmaline had different names; however, these days, the color is added as a prefix, such as “pink tourmaline” or “green tourmaline.”

If you were lucky enough to be born on this day, you were likely conceived around January 15th, the same year.

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