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.

Important Days

Important Events

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.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

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.

Further Reading

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