November 8th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
November 8th History Highlights
November 8th is...
National Cappucino Day
National Harvey Wallbanger Day
November 8th Quotes
Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
Nothing is too small. I counsel you, put down in record even your doubts and surmises. Hereafter it may be of interest to you to see how true you guess. We learn from failure, not from success!- Bram Stoker
November 8th Birthdays
1656 - Edmond Halley, English astronomer and mathematician (died in 1742)
1836 - Milton Bradley, American businessman (founded the Milton Bradley Company, died in 1911)
1847 - Bram Stoker, Irish novelist and critic (created Count Dracula, died in 1912)
1884 - Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (died in 1922)
1898 - Marie Prevost, Canadian-American actress and singer (died in 1937)
1900 - Margaret Mitchell, American journalist and author (died in 1949)
1920 - Esther Rolle, American actress (died in 1998)
1922 - Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon and academic (died in 2001)
1924 - Joe Flynn, American actor (died in 1974)
1931 - Morley Safer, Canadian-American journalist and author (died in 2016)
1947 - Minnie Riperton, American Singer/Songwriter (died in 1979)
1949 - Wayne LaPierre, American businessman, author and activist
1949 - Bonnie Raitt, American Singer/Songwriter and guitarist
1950 - Mary Hart, American journalist and actress
1954 - Rickie Lee Jones, American Singer/Songwriter and producer
1961 - Leif Garrett, American singer, actor, and television personality
1966 - Gordon Ramsay, British chef, restaurateur, and TV host /personality
1967 - Courtney Thorne-Smith, American actress
1968 - Parker Posey, American actress
1970 - Tom Anderson, American businessman (co-founded Myspace)
1971 - Tech N9ne, American musician, record producer and actor
1972 - Gretchen Mol, American model and actress
1974 - Masashi Kishimoto, Japanese author and illustrator (created Naruto)
1975 - Tara Reid, American actress
November 8th History
392 - Roman Emperor Theodosius declared the Christian religion the official state religion. He also dissolved the order of the Vestal Virgins in Rome, which had been in place for almost 400 years.
1519 - First meeting of Moctezuma II & Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico. #bigmistake Little is known about him, except that was the the leader of the Aztecs and was killed in the Spanish conquest of Mexico. "Montezuma's Revenge' is named after him.
1601 -The Bodleian Library was established in Oxford, England.
1623 - Shakespeare's First Foio was published.
1731 - In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin (with members of his Junto Club) opened the first US library. Plans had begun in earnest in July, and Ben retired as the Librarian in 1734.
1789 - Bourbon Whiskey was first distilled from corn (by Elijah Craig, Bourbon Ky). That's what his namesake's website says.
1895 - Wilhelm Röntgen observed X-rays for the first time during an experiment at Würzburg University, Germany. It earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901, and element 111, roentgenium, was named after him.
1904 - U.S. patent (#774,250) for a separable electric attachment plug was issued to inventor and manufacturer Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is essentially the plug we use today.
1910 - The first US patent (#974,785) for an "electric insect destroyer" (Bug Zapper) was issued to William H. Frost of Spokane, Washington.
1939 - Broadway Show - Life With Father (Play) November 8, 1939
November 8, 19** (fiction) Billy Batson became Captain Marvel, Fawcett/DC Comics
1960 - John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon to become the 35th president of the United States.
1965 - Days of our Lives premiered on NBC. The original title sequence voiced by MacDonald Carey is still used.
1966 - Ronald Reagan was elected Governer of California. His career path also included lifeguard, actor, cheerleader and US President.
1969 - #1 Hit November 8, 1969 - November 28, 1969: The 5th Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues
1972 - Home Box Office (HBO) was launched, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The first broadcast was a 1971 film, Sometimes a Great Notion, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.
1979 - Nightline premiered on ABC. Frank Reynolds was the original presenter, Ted Koppel too over shortly after the program began.
1980 - Voyager 1 space probe discovered the 15th moon of Saturn. We've counted 62 moons and dozens of moonlets around the planet to date.
1986 - #1 Hit November 8, 1986 - November 21, 1986: Boston - Amanda
1995 - General Hospital character Stone Cates died of AIDS on the show, right after he was informed that he had infected his lover Robin Scorpio with HIV.
1999 - Bruce Miller was killed near Flint, Michigan. His wife, Sharee Miller, convinced her online lover Jerry Cassaday to kill him, was convicted of the crime, in what became the world's first Internet murder.
2001 - The Tick premiered on FOX. Creator Ben Edlund published his first Tick comic book in 1988.
2010 - Conan debuted on TBS
Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
The US election day is always held on a Tuesday because in 1845 farmers often needed a full day to travel by horse-drawn vehicles to the county seat to vote. Farmers would leave Monday, vote on Tuesday and be back in time for market day, which was on Wednesday. The latest possible date is November 8, and the earliest possible date is November 2.
Cash is a gift certificate to everywhere.
Sailors considered black cats good luck and would use them as "ship's cats" in hopes of a safe voyage. Wives of fishermen would also keep a black cat at home as it was believed that the cat would allow their husbands to return safely.
Redbad, the last pagan King of Frisia (northern Netherlands), refused to convert to Christianity because he "preferred spending eternity in Hell with his pagan ancestors than in Heaven with his enemies."
The Capital of Fiji is Suva
"May the Force be with you." - Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars, 1977
Felix Mendelssohn - Real Name: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Greece's most famous ruin, the Parthenon, survived from Ancient times until the near-modern age completely intact. It was blown to pieces in 1687 after the Ottoman Turks used the Temple to store explosives
"ET phone home." - Gertie (Drew Barrymore) #moviequotes
Colonel Thomas Blood, known as the 'Man who stole the Crown Jewels'. He was caught, however King Charles II was so impressed that he was pardoned and rewarded with a large annuity.
A group of Bass is called a Shoal.
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