December 8th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
December 8th History Highlights
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.
“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.”
“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. “
“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”
“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.”
“All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
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 to allow 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.
2000 – Crouching 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.
#1 Hit December 8, 2018 – January 11, 2019: Travis Scott – Sicko Mode
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 is given the game ball. In the next play, he was tackled for a loss and ended the season with 995 yards.
The Scary Statistic: Dying in a Flood odds: 1-in-30,000
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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