December 8 in Pop Culture History

December 8th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

December 8th History Highlights

  • 1952 – On the CBS show I Love Lucy, a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time, with the announcement that ‘Me and my husband are about to have a blessed event.’
  • 1886 – The American Federation of Labor was founded
  • 2013 – Metallica performed a show in Antarctica, making them the first band to perform on all seven continents.
  • 1980 – John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman outside of his home in New York City.
  • 1991 – The Soviet Union dissolved.
  • If you were born on December 8th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… March 16th (same year)

December 8th is…

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
National Brownie Day
National Christmas Tree Day
Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

December 8th Birthday Quotes

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one; I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.
– John Lennon

“A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them. Obviously, that can only work at moments. It can’t be a lasting thing. That’s not saying that people shouldn’t keep trying to rebel against the facts of existence. Someday, who knows, we might conquer death, disease, and war.”
– Jim Morrison

“The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people — that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature. “
– James Thurber

“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”
– Eli Whitney

“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.”
– Sammy Davis, Jr.

“All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”
– James Thurber

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
– James Thurber

December 8th Birthdays

1542 – Mary, Queen of Scots (died in 1587)
1765 – Eli Whitney, American engineer, and inventor- Cotton Gin (died in 1825)
1861 – William C. Durant, American businessman, founder of General Motors and Chevrolet (died in 1947)
1861 – Georges Méliès, French director, producer, and screenwriter (died in 1938)
1886 – Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, and educator (died in 1957)
1894 – E.C. Segar, American cartoonist, creator of Popeye (died in 1938)
1894 – James Thurber, American humorist, and cartoonist (died in 1961)
1911 – Lee J. Cobb, American actor (died in 1976)
1925 – Sammy Davis, Jr., American actor, singer, and dancer (died in 1990)
1930 – Maximilian Schell, Austrian-Swiss actor (died in 2014)
1936 – David Carradine, American actor (died in 2009)
1939 – Jerry Butler, American singer-songwriter
1943 – Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter, #27club (died in 1971)
1943 – Mary Woronov, American actress
1947 – Gregg Allman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 2017)
1950 – Rick Baker, American actor, and makeup artist
1950 – Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter (died in 1994)
1953 – Kim Basinger, American actress
1953 – Sam Kinison, American comedian (died in 1992)
1961 – Ann Coulter, American author
1964 – Teri Hatcher, American actress
1966 – Sinéad O’Connor, Irish singer-songwriter
1982 – Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-American rapper and actress
1984 – Sam Hunt, American singer-songwriter
1986 – Kate Voegele, American singer-songwriter
1993 – AnnaSophia Robb, American actress

December 8th History

1765 – Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, Massachusetts. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts, which enabled the industrial revolution.

1854 – Pope Pius IX proclaimed that the Immaculate Conception, was Roman Catholic dogma, stating that Mary was conceived without ‘original sin.’

1881 – A fire at the Ring Theater in Vienna, Austria, killed over 600 people.

1896 – Lemon Squeezer patent (# 572,849) was issued to the Black-American inventor J.T. White.

1931 – AT&T gained the patent for coaxial cable (#1,835,031)

1941 – Almost everyone in the US Congress voted to go to war with Japan. Montana’s Jeanette Rankin was the only person to vote against it.

1941 – The Chinese government announced that they would back the allies, the United States and Great Britain against Germany, Italy, and Japan.

1943 – Broadway Show – The Voice of the Turtle (Play) December 8, 1943

1956 – #1 Hit December 8, 1956 – February 8, 1957: Guy Mitchell – Singing The Blues

1965 – Broadway Show – Cactus Flower (Play) December 8, 1965

1979 – #1 Hit December 8, 1979 – December 21, 1979: Styx – Babe

1982 – Sophie’s Choice, starring Meryl Streep, opened in theaters.

1983 – England’s House of Lords voted in favor of allowing cameras to broadcast live television proceedings from its chamber.

1984 – #1 Hit December 8, 1984 – December 21, 1984: Daryl Hall and John Oates – Out of Touch

1990 – #1 Hit December 8, 1990 – January 4, 1991: Stevie B – Because I Love You (The Postman Song)

1993 – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico, and the United States, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

1987 – Frank Vitkovic entered the Melbourne Queen Street Post Office and opened fire on customers and staff with a sawed-off shotgun, killing eight before killing himself. One of the earliest instances of ‘going postal’ also happened in Australia in 1926.

1989 – The War of the Roses debuted in theaters.

1994 – A new element (#111) was created, named unununium, symbol ‘Uuu’

1995 – The Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up after 30 years, a few months after the death of bandmate Jerry Garcia.

2000Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon debuted in theaters.

December 8, 2001 Birthday (fictional) Riley Matthews, Girl Meets World, TV

2004 – Blade: Trinity and Dungeons and Dragons debuted in theaters.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.” – Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) in Dracula, 1931

Christian Slater – Real Name: Christian Hawkins

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.

In all science fiction, humans are the one race whose goal is to get along with every other race. In non-fiction, humans can’t even get along with themselves.

The career of being an Elvis impersonator has been around longer than Elvis’ entire career in music.

I wish some popstar would popularize wearing mismatched socks. It would save me so much time when I’m folding laundry to not have to pair then up and in the mornings when I can only find one sock of the pair I want to wear.

Uncle Remus – Real Name: Joel Chandler Harris

In 1972, D.Hampton of the Falcons vowed to hit 1000 yds rushing before the end of the season. Very last game, with a few seconds to play, he hits 1k, receives a standing ovation, and given the game ball. The next play, he was tackled for a loss and ended the season with 995 yards.

The Scary Statistic: Flood odds: 1-in-30,000

What to do: Live on a mountain, or on the “other side” of river flow.

When you give a company your information, make the company name your middle name, so you know who sold your personal info.

The Capital of Belarus is Minsk

TV Quotes… “How sweet it is!” (Jackie Gleason) on The Jackie Gleason Show.

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