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On this day in history - December 8

What Happened On This Day – December 8

  • 1991 Belavezha Accords signed

    The Belavezha Accords, that disbanded the USSR and replaced it with Commonwealth of Independent States was signed

  • 1991 Romanian Constitution comes into force

    Passed through a referendum, the Constitution marked a return to democracy for Romania after 42 years of Communist rule.

  • 1991 Creation of Commonwealth of Independent States

    The international organization was formed by Belarus, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation as a political forum for members of the former Soviet Union.

  • 1987 First Intifada begins

    The Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories began after an Israeli army truck attacked a car and killed 4 Palestinians. The Intifada ended in 1991 after the Madrid Conference.

  • 1941 U.S. enters WWII

    One day after the Japanese Imperial Navy launched an attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
December 8

  • 1982 Nicki Minaj

    Trinidadian/American rapper, actress

  • 1961 Ann Coulter

    American lawyer, author

  • 1953 Norman Finkelstein

    American academic, author, activist

  • 1943 Jim Morrison

    American singer-songwriter, poet

  • 1542 Mary, Queen of Scots

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
December 8

  • 2004 Dimebag Darrell

    American guitarist, songwriter

  • 1980 John Lennon

    English singer-songwriter, musician, producer

  • 1978 Golda Meir

    Israeli educator, politician, 4th Prime Minister of Israel

  • 1903 Herbert Spencer

    English biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, philosopher

  • 1864 George Boole

    English mathematician, philosopher