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October 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 8

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

Today marks the 282nd day of the year. We now have only 84 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about October 8th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on October 8 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2023

Israel formally declared war on Hamas following a surprise attack by Hamas operatives in Israeli-controlled territory.

At the point of the declaration, the death toll had already risen to 1,100 from both sides.

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 world.

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 US sent the spacecraft 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.

1967

Argentinian Communist and Guerilla leader Che Guevara was captured by the Bolivian military.

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 could cook 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.

1871

Wisconsin was struck by the deadliest wildfire in US history.

As the records offices of the affected towns were burned down, we’ll never know how many people actually lived in the region, but it’s estimated that as many as 3,000 people lost their lives. Despite being the deadliest wildfire in US history, it is often overlooked as it happened on the same day as the Chicago Fire.

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.

OTD in 1604: Kepler's Supernova was discovered.

This was the second supernova to be discovered within a generation. The supernova was named after German astrologer Johannes Kepler.

1200

Isabella of Angoulême was crowned Queen consort of England at Westminster Abbey, London.

Famous Births

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:

38 years old

Born In:

Hawaii, USA

1997

Bella Thorne

American

Actress

Bella Thorne

Age:

26 years old

Born In:

Florida, USA

1970

Matt Damon

American

Actor

Matt Damon

Age:

53 years old

Born In:

Massachusetts, USA

1969

Jeremy Davies

American

Actor

Jeremy Davies

Age:

54 years old

Born In:

California, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, October 8th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1737

1793

John Hancock

American

Politician

John Hancock

1737

1793

John Hancock

John Hancock was an American politician born on January 23, 1737. He died on this day in 1793, at age 56 in Hancock Manor, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Died On:

Oct 8, 1793 (Age 56)

Died In:

Massachusetts, USA

Quotes

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

Virginia Woolf

English Writer

Special Holidays

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

October 8: National Fluffernutter Day
United States

National Fluffernutter Day

If you’ve never heard of a fluffernutter, then boy, have you been missing out! This simple delight is made by spreading peanut butter and marshmallow fluff on slices of bread and making a sandwich. It might sound strange, but give it a try today on National Fluffernutter Day!

October 8: American Touch Tag Day
United States

American Touch Tag Day

Remember being a kid running around with friends playing touch tag? Those were the good old days, full of childish glee and simple pleasures. Play some American touch tag with your kids today, or organize a giant game with your old school friends, and relive your childhood glory!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

The Outsiders was written by a girl in high school because she was unsatisfied with the YA books available at the time.

Birthday & Zodiac

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

Because Libras love to weigh things up, they sometimes judge things too harshly and place themselves in a place of superiority and entitlement.

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.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be due around July 1, 2025.

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