The importance of history cannot be neglected. It holds several key lessons for us that we can use for building a better future. There is yet another way history is important! It is needed for clearing Civil Services exams. So, if you are either a history buff or just someone trying to get valuable insights into your past or you need lessons for your exams, this article titled Today in History – November 8 – India and World will provide you with a handful of important historical facts that you can always research in great details on your own. So, let us ride a time machine and talk a walk into our past…
What Happened On This Day in History – November 8
Today in History – November 8: “India”
1927: Lal Krishna Advani was born on this day. He has been on the forefront of Indian politics and is associated with BJP. He was the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India under Vajpayee Government from 1998-2004.
1947: Junagadh – the Princely State of India acceded to Indian Union on this day.
1966: Rameshwari Nehru – Lenin Peace Prize winner and a social worker – died on this day in New Delhi.
2016: In a sudden and bold move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Note Ban. The Demonetization rendered the then existing Rupee notes of denominations 500 and 1,000 totally useless and they ceased to be a legal tender.
Today in History – November 8: “World”
1520: Stockholm Bloodbath started where Danish forces invaded Sweden and around 100 people were executed.
1576: Pacification of Ghent took place on this day during the Eighty Years’ War. Netherlands’ State Generals met together and united, opposing the Spanish occupation.
1605: Gunpowder Plotters’ ringleader – Robert Catesby was killed on this day.
1614: Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu exiled Japanese daimyō Dom Justo Takayama to Philippines. The reason was that Takayama was an Christian.
1620: A decisive victory for the Catholics in Battle of White Mountain. The battle ended within 2 hours with Catholic victory.
1644: After Ming Dynasty collapsed, the third Qing Dynasty emperor – Shunzhi Emperor – was enthorned in Beijing. He became the first Qing Emperor to rule whole of China.
1861: During American Civil War, the Trent Affair took place on this day. Trent – the British mail ship was stopped by USS San Jacinto and two Confederate envoys were arrested. The Trent Affair started a diplomatic crisis between USA and UK.
1889: Montana became United States’ 41st state.
1895: X-Ray was discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen on this day when he was experimenting with electricity.
1901: Gospel Riots began on this day in Athens. Gospel was translated into demotic Greek and this was the reason for the bloody clashes.
1923: Beer Hall Putsch took place on this day when the Nazis led by Adolf Hitler tried overthrowing German government. The attempt was unsuccessful.
1936: During Spanish Civil War, the efforts of capturing Madrid failed. The attempt was made by Francoist troops. It however later started the 3-year-long Siege of Madrid.
1939: Germans capture two British Secret Intelligence Service (commonly referred to as MI6) agents. This incident became known as the Venlo Incident.
1939: Hitler narrowly survived an assassination attempt made by Georg Elser. When the attempt was made, Hitler was busy celebrating Beer Hall Putsch’s 16th anniversary.
1940: During Greco-Italian War, outnumbered Greeks foiled an Italian invasion in Battle of Elaia-Kalamas.
2002: During Iraq Disarmament Crisis, the UN Security Council Resolution 1441 was passed where Saddam Hussein was forced to disarm or threatened Hussein with ‘serious consequences’ for not adhering to the warning.