October 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 8

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.

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

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 facts about October 8th in history!

What Happened On October 8 In History?


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.

Source NY Times

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.

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai, from Kenya, became first African female to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Source NY Times

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.

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


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


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.

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


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.

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.
Source Terra

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.

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