This Day in History on 8 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 8 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

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Important Events

1876: Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.  

1908: Wilbur Wright made his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.

1911: Following the end of a heavy monsoon, parts of India were hit by a cholera epidemic.

1936: Corbett National Park was established. It was the first country in the country.

1942: At the All-India Congress Committee session in Bombay, M. K. Gandhi launched the ‘Quit India’ movement.  ‘Britishers Quit India’, this resolution was announced in public at Bombay Congress Session. This resolution was passed by All Indian National Congress Committee and Gandhiji gave the ‘Do or Die’ call for Independence struggle.

1946: India agrees to give Bhutan 32 miles.

1949: India concludes a treaty with Bhutan.

1955: Dr. Homi J. Bhabha elected chairman of the international conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy.

1966: India endorses the Partial Nuclear Ban Treaty.

1967: ASEAN was established by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

1967: Central government, for the first time since independence, suffered a token defeat in the Lok Sabha.

1984: P.T. Usha at Los Angeles sets record for 400m H. (Women) in 55.42.

1985: India’s sixth and largest-ever fast breeder research reactor, Dhruv, was commissioned at the Bhabha Atomic Energy Center, Turbhe.

1990: Violent protests rock Bihar against Mandal Commission Report implementation.

1994: Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Sanstha in Pune starts the first Architecture College (Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women) in the country for women only.

1998: Seven laboratories of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) opened to the industrial sector.

2000: The Government appoints Air Marshal P. Rajkumar to head the court of enquiry to probe the Alliance Air crash near Patna.

2010: A mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, kills more than 1,400 people.

2013: A suicide bombing at a funeral in the Pakistani city of Quetta kills at least 31 people.

2015: Eight people are killed in a shooting in Harris County, Texas.

2016: Terrorists attack a government hospital in Quetta, Pakistan with a suicide blast and shooting, killing between 70 and 94 people, and injuring around 130 others.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Sarat Pujari, Indian actor
Sarat Pujari, Indian actor
Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly, an Indian-Syrian priest
Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly, an Indian-Syrian priest

1876: Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly, an Indian-Syrian priest, founded the Sisters of the Destitute (d. 1929)

1912: Prabhulal Bhatnagar, mathematician and Padmabhushan awardee, was born.

1915: Bhisham Sahni, an Indian writer, playwright, and actor.

1932: Dada Kondke, an Indian actor and film producer.

Dilip Sardesai, Indian cricketer
Dilip Sardesai, Indian cricketer
Sudhakar Rao, Indian cricketer
Sudhakar Rao, Indian cricketer

1934: Sarat Pujari, Indian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1940: Dilip Narayan Sardesai, cricketer (high scoring Indian batsman of sixties), was born in Margao, Goa. He has received Arjun Award (1970).

1948: Kapil Sibal, an Indian politician.

1952: Sudhakar Rao, Indian cricketer

Abey Kuruvilla, Indian cricketer and coach
Abey Kuruvilla, Indian cricketer and coach
Rinku Singh, Indian baseball player
Rinku Singh, an Indian baseball player

1961: Debasree Roy, an Indian actress, dancer, choreographer, politician, and animal rights activist.

1962: Ustad Raza Ali Khan, an Indian classical vocalist of the Kasur Patiala Gharana.

1968: Abey Kuruvilla, Indian cricketer and coach

Prajakta Mali, Indian actress
Prajakta Mali, Indian actress

1981: Roger Federer, a Swiss professional tennis player. 

1988: Rinku Singh, Indian baseball player

1989: Prajakta Mali, Indian actress

Death/ Death Anniversary

1827: George Canning, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1897: Viktor Meyer, a German chemist and significant contributor to both organic and inorganic chemistry.

1948: Dr. Yellapragada Subbarow, saintly scientist and nobel prize winner, passed away at Pearl River, New York.

1990: Naval Godrej, the famous Industrialist, died.

2000: S. Nijalingappa, an Indian freedom fighter, Congress Party politician, and lawyer.

Further Reading

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