This Day in History on 8 December
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 December. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.
1740: After a year and a half of battle, the fort of Revdanda conquered by the Marathas from the Portuguese.
1863: 2500 people died in a fire in the Jesuit cathedral in Santiago, the capital of Chili.
1911: Gaandhiji invites Gokhale to South Africa.
1930: British Gen. Norman Simpson shot at desk by Indian nationalists.
1932: Indian Air Force Act was passed.
1937: India’s first double-decker bus started in Mumbai.
1941: In World War II, Japanese forces simultaneously invaded Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies.
1955: European Council adopted the European flag.
1985: Establishment of the SAARC Council.
1995: Coronation and recognition of the controversial 6-year-old boy Jigme Norbu as an avatar of the Lama by China.
1970: Army Ordnance Corps was awarded the ‘Colours’ by the Vice President of India, Shri G S Pathak, at AOC Centre, Secunderabad. The Ordnance colour is a scarlet silken flag with the Ordnance crest in the center and surrounding it is a wreath of Ashoka Leaves and Lotus flowers.
1971: Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Navy launches an attack on West Pakistan’s port city of Karachi.
1980: Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev visits New Delhi.
2002: Gomutra was patented by the United States after India’s traditional bio-wealth, neem, turmeric, and berries.
2003: Zimbabwe announced its separation from the Commonwealth after the suspension period was extended.
2004: Pakistan successfully test-fired the Shaheen-1 missile.
2004: The Swedish government gifted a copy Nobel Peace Prize to Rabindranath Tagore which was stolen.
2005: The Red Cross and Red Crescent Society accepted a diamond-shaped red crystal as a new additional symbol in a white background.
1720: Balaji Bajirao Peshwa, also known as Nana Saheb, a Peshwa of the Maratha Empire in India.
1765: Eli Whitney, an American inventor.
1861: William C. Durant, founder of General Motors and Chevrolet.
1875: Tej Bahadur Sapru, great leader, was born.
1879: Jatindranath Mukherjee (Jatin Bagha), famous revolutionary, was born in Jessore.
1894: E. C. Segar, the creators of the Popeye cartoon.
1897: Bal Krishna Sharma, an Indian freedom activist, journalist, politician, and poet.
1900: Uday Shankar, an Indian dancer, and choreographer.
1920: A. Adivi Reddy, social reformer and educationist, was born at Chandragiri, AP.
1922: Hari Prasad Sharma, cricket Test umpire for 3 tests from 1974-77, was born at Delhi.
1925: Nasir Kazmi, an Urdu poet from Pakistan.
1927: Parkash Singh Badal, an Indian politician, and former Chief Minister of Punjab state.
1935: Dharmendra, an Indian film actor, producer, and politician.
1942: Hemant Shamsunder Kanitkar, cricketer (batted in two Tests India v WI 1974), was born in Amravati, Maharashtra.
1944: Sharmila Tagore, a former Indian film actress.
1971: Gita Gopinath, an Indian American economist.
1971: Arindam Chaudhuri, an Indian author, and the director of IIPM.
Death/ Death Anniversary
1857: Mohsini from Delhi was hanged in jail.
1864: George Boole, an English mathematician, philosopher, and logician.
1885: William Henry Vanderbilt, an American businessman, and philanthropist.
1980: John Lennon, an English singer, songwriter, and peace activist.
2013: John Cornforth Jr., an Australian–British chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
2016: John Herschel Glenn Jr., the first American to orbit the Earth.