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1960 - U.S.A. - - John F. Kennedy
1960 : Senator John F. Kennedy is elected the 35th President of the United States, at 43 years of age the youngest president to be elected in the nation's history .

8 Nov, 1940 - World War II - - Blanket Request
A Request for Blankets for People Sleeping in Underground Tunnels and Shelters during the bombing blitz of London. Times were hard in many areas of the world during World War II. Many Londoners spent winter nights in underground tunnels and shelters. Supplies of any new or old blankets that could be spared were called for in order to provide additional warmth for these people.
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1917 Russia - - Lenin
Lenin makes his first appearance before the Congress of Soviets, in which the Bolsheviks hold a 60% majority. announcing "We shall now proceed to the construction of the socialist order,".

1922 - Britain - - Curzon
Curzon, the British Foreign Secretary made an address today. In this speech he spoke out against false pretensions made by the Turkish government at this time. This was during the time of great battle within Turkey, Greece, and surrounding countries.

1923 - Germany - - Beer Hall Putsch
Adolf Hitler leads the Nazi Party in failed coup d etat attempt to gain power in Munich, Bavaria, and Germany. The attempt fails and Hitler is arrested and charged with high treason. The Nazi party headquarters are raided, and its newspaper, the Volkischer Beobachter is banned.

1933 - U.S.A. - - Jobs Creation
President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced plans for the Civil Works Administration that will create 4 million additional jobs for the unemployed he made available $400,000,000 of public works funds.

1935 - Bahamas - - Hurricane
1935: A large hurricane swept through the Bahamas, hitting areas such as the capital city, Nassau. This was the same storm that hit Miami, Florida, resulting in three million dollars of property damage. At least 10 passengers aboard the Great Abaco were drowned and other fishing vessels were destroyed. This storm passed through a wide area of the Gulf of Mexico .

1939 - Germany - - Assassination Attempt On Hitler
Johann Georg Elser plants a bomb at the Burgerbrau Beer Cellar in Munich where Hitler is due to give a speech, Hitler gives his speech and leaves 8 minutes before the bomb detonates killing eight people and injuring dozens more.

1944 - Egypt - - Jewish Terrorists
Egyptian police had just announced a nationwide search for Jewish terrorists. Word got out that there was at least several dozen of them-two of which had apparently admitted to the assassination of Lord Moyne, a Middle Eastern British resident minister. The suspects were known as members of the Sternist Organization. There names were Mosche Cohen Itzak and Ch. Salzmann .

1953 - China - - POWs
Only two more prisoners of war (POWs) interviewed had returned to Communist China. The rest of them remained bound in prison, taking an active stance against the Reds (Communist Party). Some of these prisoners were intended to be returned to North Korea while others were intended to be returned to Communist China. These interviews had been going on for at least a week in order to win more people over to the cause of the Communist Party active in this area. However, out of 493 people imprisoned only a handful of them complied with the wishes of the Reds. .

1957 - UK - - Windscale Nuclear Power Plant
1957 : An inquiry into a fire on October 10th at Windscale nuclear power plant has blamed the accident on a combination of human error, poor management and faulty instruments.

1963 - Vatican - - Roudy Debate
A debate was started in Vatican City, an independent city-state located in the vicinity of Rome, Italy. The initiator of this verbal conflict was Joseph Frings, a German cardinal from Cologne (Germany's fourth largest city). Frings spoke out regarding the matter of Congregation of the Holy Office Procedures during a formal council meeting. He believed that this church's procedures were unjust. Upon Frings' revelation of injustices, a roar of forbidden applause echoed throughout the meeting place. Normally clapping and cheering was not allowed during Holy Office council meetings. However, this was a very progressive day-as quite a bit needed to change at this time.


1965 - U.S.A. - - Higher Education Act of 1965
The Higher Education Act of 1965 signed into law as part of President Johnson's Great Society domestic agenda. One of the primary purposes of the act was to provide financial assistance for students in higher education by increasing federal funding for universities to create scholarship programs, and to provide low-interest loans for students through Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA ).

1965 - UK - - Death Penalty Abolished
The Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act 1965 is given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty for murder in the United Kingdom.

1966 - U.S.A. - - NFL / AFL Merger
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Public Law 89-800 which allows the National Football League ( NFL ) to merge with American Football League ( AFL ) and exempted the action from Anti-Trust restrictions. Find out more on our History of American Football Page

1973 - Australia - - Bomb
A homemade bomb exploded on top of a Brisbane, Queensland, Australia's teacher's desk. The teacher lost both hands, one student was killed, and 11 other students were injured-one losing both arms.

1974 - England - - Lord Lucan
British aristocrat Lord Lucan is being searched for by British Police following the murder of his children's nanny and an attack on his estranged wife. An inquest jury later in the year declared Lord Lucan was guilty of murder. Lord Lucan was never found and was not officially declared dead until 1999.

1974 - U.S.A. - - Serial Killer Ted Bundy
1974: The Serial Killer Ted Bundy is defeated in an abduction attempt when Carol DaRonch narrowly escapes being abducted. Utah authorities were trying to figure out what had happened to several young women who disappeared earlier. Seattle area officials were looking for a young man named Ted who was the suspected culprit in many murder cases. On August 16th , 1975, an officer noticed a suspicious Volkswagen driving around his patrol area. After pulling the vehicle over, he found handcuffs in the back of the automobile and arrested the driver--Ted Bundy. In March 1976, he was convicted of aggravated kidnapping, which put him behind bars while investigators tried to connect him to the many unsolved murders in Washington, Colorado, and Utah but December 30, 1977, Bundy managed to escape from jail. A few months later, he was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List, and on February 15, 1978, he was finally captured. He eventually confessed to the murders of 28 women, and was executed in Florida on January 24th , 1989.

1985 -Lebanon - - Hostages
A letter of plea had arrived in Beirut, Lebanon from the hostages held in Lebanon. In the letter was text which pleaded for Reagan to negotiate to let the hostages go free. However, Reagan would not budge, saying "we" (America) do not negotiate with terrorists. The letter that had arrived in Beirut was dated the day after anonymous callers in Beirut said these hostages were shot by firing squads. The letter written regarding the hostages left little clue to the whereabouts-except for the nature of the "cell" in which they were kept. Signatures of four hostages were given in the letter, . AP Correspondent Terry Anderson, Reverend Lawrence Jenco, Beirut Hospital Director David Jacobson, and Beirut University Dean of Agriculture Thomas Sutherland had all signed it.

1987 - Northern Ireland - - Terrorist Bomb
1987 : A terrorist bomb has exploded during Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland injuring 63 and killing 11 .

1990 - Republic of Ireland - - Mary Robinson
1990 : Ireland elects Mary Robinson as first woman president of the country.

1995 - Germany - - Troops to Bosnia
Drastic changes in plans for European troops were planned, as possible peace in Bosnia was announced. While peace talks were being held in Ohio, troop leaders in Heidelberg, Germany were prepped. About 20,000 military members stationed in Europe at this time were from the United States. The Army was in the process of deciding how many of troops would actually be needed in Bosnia. The tentative plan was to issue re-assignments within 90 days.

2003 - U.S.A. - - Cigarette Taxes
2003 : Native to non-native cigarette taxing was schedule to take place soon in the state of New York. However, a print announcement was made this day in 2003 regarding the delay of this decision, as discussed on the day before. This tax change collection delay was initiated by the Governor George E. Pataki administration. However, this governing body seemed serious about implementing this state tax collection legislation as of March 1st, 2004.


2004 - Iraq - - Operation Phantom Fury
2004 : Following the attack and murder by Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah on a convoy containing four American private military contractors from Blackwater USA, US forces launch Operation Phantom Fury to recapture control of the city of Fallujah from insurgent fighters which resulted in the death of nearly 100 US Marines and the death of more than 1,250 insurgent fighters who had built a number of bomb making factories to use in terrorist attacks on US forces.

2006 - U.S.A. - - Canada - - Walmart
Walmart expands it's supercenters into Canada opening the first three in Ancaster, London and Stouffville, Ontario.


2006 - U.S.A. - - Donald Rumsfeld
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld resigns and President George W. Bush announced that he will nominate Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, as a replacement for Rumsfeld.

2006 - U.S.A. - - First Muslim Congressman elected
Keith Ellison, a Democrat, has become the first Muslim to be elected to the US Congress by winning a Minnesota seat in the House of Representatives. He reached this political milestone by defeating two other candidates in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which covers the Minneapolis area. Ellison won 56% of the vote, defeating Republican Alan Fine and the Independence Party's Tammy Lee, both of whom garnered 21% of the vote. A Green Party candidate received 2 percent.

2007 - U.S.A. - - Congress overturns Bush's veto
The United States Congress has for the first time overturned President George W Bush's veto, on a bill authorising spending on water projects. The Senate votes 79-14 to overturn the veto, after the House of Representatives voted 361-54, well over the two-thirds majority required. The last time a veto was overridden was in 1998 , under President Clinton.

2007 - Iraq - - US Army releases five hundred Iraq detainees
US military forces in Iraq have released five hundred detainees at a ceremony with the Iraqi government at Camp Victory outside Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaking to the newly released detainees, says that the release is part of an effort to harmonize relations between the Shi'ite and Sunni populations of iraq. Sunnis claim that as many as ninety percent of all detainees are Sunnis, which they attribute to the high number of Shi'ites serving in the official security forces.

2009 - Japan - - Protests in Japan
2009 : Thousands of Japanese have protested on the island of Okinawa, and demanded the removal of the US base there. The local mayor has called on the new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, "to put an end to Okinawa's burden and ordeal". Japan and the US agreed to relocate the Futenma base from the urban area it currently holds to reclaimed land in 2006.

2011 - Germany - - Gas Pipeline Between Russia and EU Opens
The Nord Stream gas pipeline was officially opened and began to flow after a ceremony in Germany. The pipeline connects Siberian gas to the European Union through pipelines that sit under the Baltic Sea. The opening of this pipeline means that Russia can bypass transit through the Ukraine and Poland.

2012 - Europe - - Banana War Ends
The "Banana War" ended after twenty years after the European Union and ten Latin American countries came to an agreement that would end eight different WTO cases. The disagreements had been over tariffs placed on Latin American bananas that the Latin American countries believed favored former European colonies.


2013 - Mexico - - Anti-Drug Cartel Mayor Found Dead
8th November, 2013 : The mayor of Santa Ana Maya, Ygnacio Lopez Mendoza, was found dead in his car after authorities reported that local drug cartels had been threatening him. He had been speaking out against a cartel in the area and had staged a hunger strike. Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, called for a full investigation into his death.


Born This Day In History 8th November

Celebrating Birthday's Today

Minnie Riperton
Born: 8th November 1947 Chicago, United States
Died: 12th July 1979 Los Angeles, United States
Known For : Female American singer and songwriter who had a huge hit in 1975 "Lovin' You" which showed off the best of her her five-and-a-half octave vocal range,

Gordon Ramsay
Born: 8th November 1966 Johnstone, Scotland
Known For : Best known as a TV personallity as the chef on Hell's Kitchen featured in the UK and the US. His style can appear domineering and during the shows the number of words that are blanked due to swearing provide part of the entertainment value of these popular shows where he invites a number of contestants who want to be a chef in his restaurant to compete for the prize. The teams are split into two the red and the blue team who have to prepare dishes to serve customers. The team deemed to be the worst then loses one of their team who is thrown of the series. Gordon Ramsay also has a number of first class restaurants in the US, UK and around the world often in the top hotels some funded within his company but others funded with outside funding.