October 8 in Pop Culture HIstory

October 8th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 8th History Highlights

  • 1871 – Four fires in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan killed over 4000 people.
  • 1944 – Ozzie and Harriet debuted on the radio (and on television in 1952)
  • 1956 – The New York Yankees’s Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series.
  • If you were born on October 8th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 15th (same year)

Traditional October 8th Information

Emergency Nurses Day was established on October 8, 1989, in order to honor the nurses who specifically work in hospital emergency rooms. These nurses play an intrinsic part in a community’s life. Responding quickly to life-endangering circumstances but also having to have a compassionate heart towards patients who are seriously ill and towards families who will find out in the emergency room of the loss of a loved one. Thank an ER nurse today!

October 8th is…

Fluffernutter Day
Pierogi Day
Salmon Day
World Octopus Day

October 8th Birthday Quotes

“The secret to my success is that I bit off more than I could chew and I chewed as fast as I could.”
– Paul Hogan

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
– Frank Herbert

“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.”
– Jesse Jackson

“Most fears are basic: fear of the dark, fear of going down in the basement, fear of weird sounds, fear that somebody is waiting for you in your closet. Those kinds of things stay with you no matter what age.”
– R. L. Stine

“I think what’s important for kids to know is that your decisions here on Earth matter, your behavior matters, and how you treat other people matters.”
– Matt Damon

October 8th Birthdays

1883 – Margaret Curtis, American athlete (died in 1965)
1910 – Kirk Alyn, American actor (died in 1999)
1920 – Frank Herbert, American author, Dune (died in 1986)
1936 – Rona Barrett, American journalist
1939 – Harvey Pekar, American comic book creator (died in 2010)
1940 – Paul Hogan, Australian actor, and screenwriter
1941 – Jesse Jackson, American minister and activist
1943 – Chevy Chase, American comedic actor
1943 – R.L. Stine, American author
1948 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist, and songwriter (died in 2004)
1949 – Sigourney Weaver, American actress
1950 – Robert “Kool” Bell, American singer-songwriter
1955 – Darrell Hammond, American comedic actor
1964 – CeCe Winans, American singer-songwriter
1970 – Matt Damon, American actor
1980 – Nick Cannon, American actor
1985 – Bruno Mars, American singer-songwriter
1993 – Barbara Palvin, Hungarian model
1993 – Molly Quinn, American actress
1997 – Bella Thorne, American actress

October 8th History

1860 – Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco began operating.

1881 – Haighong Typhoon, Vietnam

1871 – Peshtigo Fire, Wisconsin (2000 estimated dead)

1871 – Great Michigan Fire (500? killed)

1871 – Peshtigo, Wisconsin Fire (over 1200 killed)

1871 – Great Chicago Fire (300 estimated dead)

1967 – Che Guevara and his men were captured in Bolivia.

1979 – Broadway Show – Sugar Babies (Review) October 8, 1979

1982 – Cats, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, opened on Broadway and ran for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

1984The Burning Bed starring Farrah Fawcett, aired on NBC

October 8, 1984 Birthday (fictional) Rory Gilmore, The Gilmore Girls, TV

1985 – East End Show – Les Miserables (Musical) October 8, 1985

1986 – The Fox Broadcasting Company became the US’ fourth commercial broadcast television network, with The Late Show, hosted by Joan Rivers.

1988 – #1 Hit October 8, 1988 – October 14, 1988: Def Leppard – Love Bites

2001 – US President George W. Bush announced the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

October 8, 2004 – Halloweentown High aired on The Disney Channel

2005 (Earthquake) Kashmir, Pakistan

2011 – On September 26th, 2011 Mikey Welsh posted on Twitter, “Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today” followed by, “Correction – the weekend after next”. He died October 8th, 2011 from a heart attack in his sleep in a hotel room. In Chicago.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Winona Ryder – Real Name: Winona Horowitz

“Baby, you shovel better than any man I’ve ever known, but that does not make you a superhero. You’re a good husband and a good father. Nothing more.” – Lucille (Mrs. Shoveler)

Judi Dench won a supporting actress Oscar for her role as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love for an 8-minute appearance.

The word “silly” changed meaning over time from “happy” to “blessed”, “pious,” “innocent”, “harmless,” “pitiable”, and then “weak” before reaching the current meaning.

The Capital of Korea, South is Seoul

“Oi! Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck.” – Genie #moviequotes

Then there is Erika Eiffel, Formerly Erika Berlin Wall, who has been married to the Eiffel tower for almost 17 years.

There are around 2000 different plant types that humans use to cultivate food.

TV Quotes… “We’ve got a really big show!” (Ed Sullivan) on The Ed Sullivan Show.

How do we know clocks go ‘tic toc’? They could be going ‘toc tic’ for all we know.

If there were water on the moon, humans could run on it because of the reduced gravity.

There’s no way ancient Peruvians could have known that Lake Titicaca would be a hilarious name in the future.

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