Historical Events on 8th December

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1326 - Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi
1609 - Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe.
1659 - Mexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco.
1710 - Battle of Brihuega in the War of the Spanish Succession: British General James Stanhope captured by French & Spanish forces
1776 - George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ
1777 - Captain Cook leaves Society Islands
1792 - 1st cremation in US, Henry Laurens
1794 - 1st issue of Herald of Rutland, VT published
1813 - Ludwig von Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres
1846 - Hector Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" premieres
1849 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples
Composer Giuseppe VerdiComposer Giuseppe Verdi 1852 - Gustav Freytag's "Die Journalisten" premieres in Breslau
1854 - Pope Pius IX proclaims Immaculate Conception, makes Mary, free of Original Sin
1857 - 1st production of Dion Boucicaults "Poor of NY"
1863 - 2,500 reported killed as result of fire at Jesuit Church of La Compana Santiago Chile
1863 - Abraham Lincoln's Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of South
1864 - Pope Pius IX publishes encyclical Quanta cura ("Syllabus errorum")
1869 - 20th Roman Catholic ecumenical council, Vatican I, opens in Rome
US President Abraham LincolnUS President Abraham Lincoln 1869 - Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.
1874 - Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie Kansas
1875 - Aleksandr Ostrovsky's "Volki i Ovsty" premieres in St Petersburg
1876 - Suriname begins compulsory education for 7-12 years
1880 - 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal South-Africa
1881 - Vienna's Ring Theater destroyed by fire, kills between 640-850
1886 - American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president
1895 - Battle at Amba Alagi: Ethiopian emperor Menelik II drives Italian general Baratieri's out
Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel GompersFounder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers 1896 - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Missing 3 Quarter" (BG)
1902 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr became Associate Justice on Supreme Court
1907 - King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
1909 - Bird banding society found
1913 - Construction starts on Palace of Fine Arts in SF
1914 - British & German fleets battle at Falkland Island
1914 - Connie Mack sells Eddie Collins to the White Sox
1914 - Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC
1914 - Boers rebelling against the British have recently suffered several defeats; today, one of their leaders, General Beyers, accidently drowns
Composer and Lyricist Irving BerlinComposer and Lyricist Irving Berlin 1915 - Jean Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E premieres
1915 - John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" appears anonymously in "Punch" magazine
1921 - Eamon de Valera publicly repudiates Anglo-Irish Treaty
1923 - German-US friendship treaty signed
1923 - Labour/Liberals win British parliament
1923 - Salary & price freeze in Germany
1930 - Broadway Theater opens at 1681 Broadway NYC
1930 - Cole Porter's musical "NYCers" premieres in NYC
1931 - Coaxial cable patented
1934 - Friedrich Wolf's "Professor Mamlock" premieres in Zurich
1935 - The Japanese military police launches a violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto, beginning with a crackdown on the sect's operational bases of Ayabe and Kameoka in Kyoto Prefecture and the arrest of its leader Onisaburo Deguchi.
World War I Soldier & Poet John McCraeWorld War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae 1936 - Anastasio Somoza elected pres of Nicaragua
1936 - NAACP files suit to equalize salaries of black & white teachers
1938 - Highest temperature for December in US recorded in La Mesa Calif
1938 - LP Beria follows Nikolai Jezjov as head of Russian secret police
1940 - 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
1941 - Destruction Camp Chelmo opens
1941 - London: Dutch government declares war on Japan
1941 - Russian 16th army recaptures Krijukovo
1941 - SF 1st blackout, at 6:15 PM
1941 - US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II
1941 - President Roosevelt delivers "Day of Infamy" speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbour
1942 - 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)
1943 - John Van Druten's "Voice of the Turtle" premieres in NYC
1946 - Army rocket plane XS-1 makes 1st powered flight
1947 - "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 perfs
1948 - "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances
1948 - 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
1948 - Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
1949 - "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 perfs
1949 - Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa
1949 - Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" premieres in NYC
Actress Vera-EllenActress Vera-Ellen 1949 - "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released
1951 - "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 perfs
1951 - AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting NL's suspended game rule & lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games
1952 - 1st TV acknowledgement of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
1952 - French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
1952 - Isaak Ben-Zwi elected pres of Israel
1953 - 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
1953 - Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the UN in New York.
1954 - Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed," premieres in NYC
1954 - WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
1955 - 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)
MLB Catcher Roy CampanellaMLB Catcher Roy Campanella 1955 - Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award
1955 - Turkish government of Menderes forms
1956 - 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
1956 - 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0
1956 - Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues," single goes #1 for 10 weeks
1959 - Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta
1959 - President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi
1960 - Expansion LA Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium
1961 - Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
1961 - Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)
1961 - South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain 1961 - Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78
1962 - "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 perfs
1962 - 114-day newspaper strike begins in NYC
1962 - Failed coup in Brunei
1962 - Funeral for Queen Wilhelmina of Holland (New Kerk, Delft)
1963 - "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 perfs
1963 - Mickey Wright/Dave Ragan Jr wins LPGA Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Golf
1963 - Pan Am Flight 214 crashes outside Elkton, Maryland with 81 killed. Only case of lighting causing air crash
LPGA Golfer Mickey WrightLPGA Golfer Mickey Wright 1965 - Abe Burrows' "Cactus Flower" premieres in NYC
1965 - Nikolai Podgorny succeeds Mikojan as president of USSR
1965 - Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
1966 - A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith
1966 - US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
1967 - Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK
1967 - NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals
1969 - Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
1969 - Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
1970 - Head of the Catholic Church in Ireland Cardinal William Conway publishes a pamphlet on the topic of segregation in education in Northern Ireland
American Baseball Player Roger MarisAmerican Baseball Player Roger Maris 1972 - United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
1973 - "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
1973 - 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)
1974 - Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
1974 - Irish Republican Socialist Party forms
1974 - Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
1974 - Soyuz 16 returns to Earth
1975 - "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances
1976 - UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim secretary-General
1976 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 - 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
1977 - Portugal's premier Soares resigns
1978 - Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park
1980 - "Bravo" network premieres on cable TV
1981 - France performs nuclear test
1982 - "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 perfs
1982 - Clark Gilles fails in 7th Islander penalty shot
1982 - Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
1982 - Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)
1983 - 9th Space Shuttle Mission, Columbia 6, lands at Edwards AFB
1983 - Richard Baker, Zen teacher, steps down from abbotship of SF Zen Center
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats WilanderTennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander 1984 - 73rd Australian Men Tennis: Mats Wilander beats K Curren (67 64 76 62)
1984 - Europe & 64 developing countries sign Lome III treaty
1984 - Ringo Starr appears on Saturday Night Live
1985 - 60th Australian Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (62 46 62)
1985 - Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (NY Jet record) to Wesley Walker
1985 - Laurie Rinker/Larry Rinker wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1986 - House Dems select majority leader Jim Wright as 48th speaker
1987 - Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal
NHL Goalie Ron HextallNHL Goalie Ron Hextall 1987 - Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
1987 - Occupied Palestinians start "intefadeh" (uprising) against Israel
1987 - US President Reagan & Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles
1987 - The Alianza Lima air disaster.
1988 - Knick's set NBA record of 11 3-pointers & sink Bucks, 113-109
1989 - Great Britain performs nuclear test
1990 - Galileo Earth-1 Flyby
1990 - Indians agree to a lease new ballpark in Gateway (Jacobs Field)
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 1991 - "Homecoming" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 49 performances
1991 - "Nick & Nora" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 9 performances
1991 - Kris Tschetter/Billy Andrade wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1991 - Russia, Belorussia & Ukraine form Commonwealth of Ind States
1991 - The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.
1992 - Galileo's nearest approach to Jupiter (303 km)
1992 - NBC announces that "Cheers" will go off the air in May 1993
1993 - 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria
1993 - 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win
Singer and actress Whitney HoustonSinger and actress Whitney Houston 1993 - Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53
1993 - Storm hits West Europe, 11 killed in England
1994 - "What's Wrong With this Picture?" opens at Circle in Sq NYC for 12 per
1994 - Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges
1994 - Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed
1996 - "God Said, Ha!" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances
1996 - Donna Andrews & Mike Hulbert win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1997 - 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Spice Girls win
1998 - Tadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
Baseball Player Darryl StrawberryBaseball Player Darryl Strawberry 2002 - The Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be "CARICOM-Cuba Day" - To celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
2004 - The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
2005 - Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.
2008 - Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.
2009 - Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.
2010 - With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
2012 - UN climate conference agrees to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020

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