This Day in History on 8 September

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 September. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

World Physical Therapy Day

International Literacy Day (International)

Important Events

1755: French and Indian War: Battle of Lake George.

1756: French and Indian War: Kittanning Expedition.

1831: William IV and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1886: Thousands flock to Witwatersrand in South Africa as public gold-digging was permitted.

1888: The first English Football league matches were played.

1943: Italy surrendered to Allies.

1944: A new German terror weapon V-2 Rocket struck at London.

1962: The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) is established.

1962: The Chinese army infiltrated the north-east border of India, crossing the McMahon line (Tibet-India boundary).

1966: The landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, “The Man Trap”.

1990: Northern and Southern Korean delegates met on the border for the first talk in 45 years.

2000: Cable Television Network (Regulation) Amendment Bill was passed in the parliament of India, banning advertisements of alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

Paul Chater

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1157: Richard I, King of England known as “the Lion Heart” who began to crusade in 1190 which ended in the signing of three years peace treaty with Muslim leader Saladin.

1846: Sir Catchick Paul Chater, a prominent British-Indian businessman of Armenian descent in colonial Hong Kong.

Bhupen Hazarika

1901: Hendrik Verwoerd, South African Prime Minister. He instituted the country’s policy of apartheid and was stabbed to death two days before his 65th birthday.

1925: Peter Seller, an English actor. Best known for his comic roles, particularly as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther series of films.

1926: Bhupen Hajarika, Indian singer, and musician.

Asha Bhosle

1927: Robert L. Rock, American soldier and politician, 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Indiana (d. 2013)

1933: Asha Bhosle, Indian film playback singer who has recorded songs for more than a thousand movies.

1979: Pink, an American singer and songwrite

Death/ Death Anniversary

1933: Faisal I, King of Iraq.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

1960: Feroze Gandhi, an Indian freedom fighter, politician, and journalist. He published the newspapers The National Herald and The Navjivan. He was a husband of Indira Gandhi.

1965: Hermann Staudinger, German chemist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. He demonstrated the existence of macromolecules, which he characterized as polymers.

1970: Percy Spencer, American inventor, engineer, and scientist best remembered as the co-inventor of the microwave oven.

1980: Willard Libby, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. An American physical chemist noted for his role in the 1949 development of radiocarbon dating, a process that revolutionized archaeology and paleontology.

1981: Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. He was the first Japanese Nobel laureate for his prediction of the pi meson.

1981: Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian guru, philosopher, and educator (b. 1897)

1982: Sheikh Abdullah, Indian politician, and former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir.

1985: John Franklin Enders, American virologist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. Called “The Father of Modern Vaccines”.

Further Reading

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