History is important simply because it serves as a powerful vehicle that helps to awaken both social consciousness and cultural consciousness. Thus, it is not just an exhaustive compilation of names of kings, their dynasties and achievements. In this article titled Today in History – December 8 – India and World, we will provide only the important historical events that took place on this very day. It will work as a vehicle that will help you understand what you should know and draw inspiration or important lessons that can help you sail through your life with ease. Well, as far as the more pressing issue at hand is concerned, this article in particular will help you with your preparations for competitive examinations such as banking exams and UPSC. So, let’s get started…
What Happened On This Day in History – December 8
Today in History – December 8: “India”
1875: Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru was born on this day. He was born in Aligarh which is currently in Uttar Pradesh. He was a prominent independence activist.
1930: IRA Revolutionaries shot dead Colonel Simpson at Writers Building. Simpson was Inspector General of Prisons.
1932: Indian Air Force Act was passed on this very day.
1967: INS Kalvari – the first submarine of India (it was a Russian submarine) was commissioned on this day. The submarine eventually arrived in India on 5th July, 1968.
1971: Indian Navy attacked Karachi – port city in West Pakistan during Indo-Pak war.
1996: Sachin Tendulkar became the youngest cricketer in world to make 3,000 runs in the test format of the game.
Today in History – December 8: “World”
1813: Seventh Symphony of Beethoven premiered on this day.
1912: Imperial War Council was held by German Empire’s leaders for discussing the possibility of an outbreak of a war.
1914: During World War I, a British Navy squadron managed to defeat Imperial German East Asia Squadron. The battle took place in South Atlantic and is known as the Battle of Falkland Islands.
1922: Northern Ireland stops being a part of Irish Free State.
1941: During WWII, Franklin D. Roosevelt – the then President of United States declared during WWII that December 7 is a ‘date which will live in infamy’. After the declaration, United States declared war on Imperial Japan.
1974: Monarchy in Greece came to an end with a plebiscite.
1978: The first and only female Prime Minister of Israel – Golda Meir – died on this day. She died of lymphatic cancer. She was the 4th Prime Minister of Israel.
1987: Today was the date of signing Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
1991: The Soviet Union was dissolved through an agreement signed by leaders of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. The established the Commonwealth of Independent States.
2010: IKAROS – the solar-sail spacecraft of Japan – passed Venus at a distance of nearly 80,800 kilometers.