It happened today – this day in history – November 8

1431: Birth of Vlad III The Impaler in Transylvania.

1519: First meeting of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II and Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes in Tenochtitlan, Mexico.

1602: The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened.

1674: Death of poet John Milton.

1798: Irish revolutionary Wolfe Tone is sentenced to death by hanging for his part in the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Tone requests to be shot instead so as to die a soldier’s death.

1838: Victor Hugo’s “Ruy Blas” premieres in Paris.

1847: Bram Stoker is born in Dublin.

1861: The USS San Jacinto captures two Confederate diplomats from the British mail steamer Trent, almost causing a war between the US and the UK.

1864: Abraham Lincoln is re-elected president of the US.

1887: Death of Doc Holliday aged 36/

1889: Montana is admitted as the 41st state of the US.

1892: Grover Cleveland is elected president of the US.

1900: Author Margaret Mitchell is born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1904: Theodore Roosevelt is elected president of the US.

1915: An Austrian-Hungarian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Italian liner ‘Ancona’ without warning, killing over 200 people.

1923: Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party stage the “Beer Hall Putsch” in Munich.

1924: Austria chancellor Ignaz Seipel, resigns after an assassination attempt.

1932: Franklin D Roosevelt is first elected president of the US.

1939: Failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich.

1940: The RAF bombs Munich, prompting Hitler to threaten that an attack on the capital of the Nazi movement would not go unpunished.

1942: US and British forces land in French North Africa at the start of Operation Torch under General Dwight D Eisenhower. On the same day, Vichy-France drops diplomatic relations with the US.

1945: A riverboat sinks off Hong Kong, killing 1,550.


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1952: The first ever UK pop chart is published by the New Musical Express after staff asked 53 record shops to divulge their sales returns. ‘Here In My Heart’ by Al Martino was the first No.1.

1957: The report into a fire at Windscale nuclear power plant in Cumbria on October 10 blames the accident on human error, poor management and faulty instruments.

Singles chart:

  1. That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly and the Crickets
  2. Party – Elvis Presley
  3. Tammy – Debbie Reynolds
  4. Diana – Paul Anka
  5. Remember You’re Mine – Pat Boone
  6. Man On Fire – Frankie Vaughan
  7. Be My Girl – Jim Dale
  8. Gotta Have Something In The Bank, Frank – Frankie Vaughan and the Kaye Sisters
  9. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis
  10. My Dixie Darling – Lonnie Donegan
1959: Cliff Richard – Cliff Sings

1959: Album chart:

  1. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  2. Cliff Sings – Cliff Richard
  3. Gigi – Original Soundtrack
  4. My Fair Lady – Original Broadway Cast
  5. The Best Of Sellers – Peter Sellers
  6. Family Favourites – Russ Conway
  7. Especially For You – Duane Eddy
  8. Porgy And Bess – Original Soundtrack
  9. Cliff – Cliff Richard and the Drifters
  10. Come Dance With Me – Frank Sinatra

1960: John F Kennedy is elected president of the US.

1965: The Beatles worked on the George Harrison song song Think For Yourself at EMI Studios in Abbey Road for the Rubber Soul album, recording the backing track in one take.

1966: Ronald Reagan becomes governor of California.

1968: The Who, Joe Cocker and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown appear at Walthamstow Granada Theatre. On the same day, the divorce of John and Cynthia Lennon becomes final.

1970: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7 in the Rugby League World Cup final. On the same day, actor/director Denis Hopper divorces Michelle Philips of the Mamas and Papas after just eight days of marriage.

1978: Artist Norman Rockwell dies aged 84.

1980: The Voyager 1 space probe discovers Saturn’s 15th moon.

1986: Alex Ferguson’s first match as manager of Manchester United ends in a 2-0 defeat at Oxford United.

1987: Eleven people are killed after an IRA bomb explodes during a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen in County Fermanagh. On the same day, Australia beats England by 7 runs to win the Cricket World Cup in India.

1996: Steve Coppell resigns as manager of Manchester City after just 33 days due to stress.

1988: Vice President George H. W. Bush is elected President of the United States.

1992: Williams driver Nigel Mansell crashes during the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide, but still seals the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

2002: The UN unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face “serious consequences”.

2005: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country.

2016: Donald Trump is elected president of the US.

2017: Cabinet minister Priti Patel resigns after secret meetings are revealed with Israeli officials.

2018: CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House clearance is revoked after continuing to question President Donald Trump while an intern tried to wrestle the microphone off him.

BIRTHDAYS: Nerys Hughes, actress, 80; Bonnie Bramlett, singer, 77; Rodney Slater, saxophonist (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band), 77; The Big Figure (John Martin) drummer (Dr Feelgood) 75; Guus Hiddinck, football manager, 75; Roy Wood, singer-songwriter (The Move/Wizzard), 75; Bonnie Raitt, singer/guitarist, 72; Alfre Woodard,, actress, 69; Rickie Lee Jones, singer-songwriter, 67; Richard Curtis, director/screenwriter, 65; Porl Thompson, musician (The Cure), 64; Alan Curbishley, football manager, 64; Terry Lee Miall, drummer (Adam and The Ants), 63; Gordon Ramsay, celebrity chef, 55; Parker Posey, actress, 53; Gretchen Mol, actress, 49; Tara Reid, actress, 46; Joe Cole, footballer, 40; Jack Osbourne, TV presenter, 36; Morgan Schneiderlin, footballer, 32.