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 that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 8 December. The students can refer 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.

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