December 8 in History
What happened on December 8 in history?
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on december 8 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on december 8 in history.
SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
The Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passes the planet Venus.
The Cuzco Declaration signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
The leaders of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine sign an agreement that dissolves the Soviet Union and establishes the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed.
An Israeli army tank transporter kills 4 Palestinian refugees and injures 7 others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, leading to the First Intifada.
The Washington, D.C., police shoot and kill a man threatening to blow up the Washington Monument.
John Lennon is shot to death outside his Manhattan apartment building.
South Vietnam’s Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky arrives in Paris for peace talks.
In the biggest battle yet in the Mekong Delta, 365 Viet Cong are killed.
The United Nations approves the recognition of South Korea.
The United States conducts the longest, most effective air raid on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.
U.S. carrier-based planes sink two cruisers and down 72 planes in the Marshall Islands.
Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita begins his attack against the British army at Singapore.
Japan tells the League of Nations that it has no control over her designs in China.
President Woodrow Wilson declines to send a representative to the League of Nations in Geneva.
The German cruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg, and Liepzig are sunk by a British force in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
Union General William Averell’s cavalry destroys railroads in the southwestern part of West Virginia.
CSS Sumter captures the whaler Eben Dodge in the Atlantic. The American Civil War is now affecting the Northern whaling industry.
The first Shakespearian actress to appear on an English stage (she is believed to be a Ms. Norris) makes her debut as Desdemona.