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On this day in history - October 8

What Happened On This Day – October 8

  • 1956 The first perfect game in Major League Baseball World Series

    New York Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched the only no-hitter game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the history of the World Series.

  • 1948 World’s first internal pacemaker implanted

    A 43-year-old man called Arne Larsson was the recipient of the pacemaker which worked only for a few hours. However, Larsson lived long after the pacemaker stopped working. He died in 2001 at the age of 86.

  • 1919 World’s first transcontinental air race

    63 airplanes – 15 from San Francisco and 48 from New York – took part in this 5400-mile round-trip race. The winner, Lieutenant Belvin Maynard, took 3 days and 21 hours to return to New York.

  • 1912 First Balkan war begins

    Montenegro started the conflict by declaring war on the Ottoman Empire. A few days later Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia joined the war and created the Balkan League. The 7-month long war ended with a decisive Balkan League victory. Dissatisfaction over the spoils of the war led to the Second Balkan War a year later.

  • 1871 Great Chicago fire begins

    The fire that destroyed most of Chicago’s business district began in a barn on the evening of October 8, 1871. A very dry summer and an early autumn fanned the fire, which raged for 2 days. It killed over 300 people and destroyed property worth millions of dollars.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
October 8

  • 1985 Bruno Mars

    American singer-songwriter, producer, actor

  • 1970 Matt Damon

    American actor, screenwriter, producer

  • 1943 Chevy Chase

    American comedian, actor

  • 1939 Harvey Pekar

    American author

  • 1895 Juan Perón

    Argentine military officer, politician, 29th President of Argentina

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Deaths On This Day,
October 8

  • 1992 Willy Brandt

    German politician, 4th Chancellor of Germany, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1967 Clement Attlee

    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • 1936 Premchand

    Indian author

  • 1869 Franklin Pierce

    American politician, 14th President of the United States

  • 1793 John Hancock

    American politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts