Today in History – October 8. The title says it all. We are going to look back into time and recall the major events that happened on this day in India and the rest of the world. It is pretty important that we learn about our past so that we can carry on the glorious works of of ancestors or simply learn from their mistakes and prevent any major mishap that can engulf millions of people living around the globe. So, let us begin…
What Happened On This Day in History – October 8
Today in History – October 8: “India”
1919: Publication of Young India was started by Gandhi.
1926: Raaj Kumar – the famous film actor from India was born on this day. His birth name was Kulbhushan Pandit.
1932: IAF or Indian Air Force was established on this day. Today, it is a force to reckon with and world’s superpowers like USA, UK, Israel, Russia etc. all accept that IAF is extremely efficient and battle-ready.
1936: India’s one of the most famous and celebrated dramatist, story writer and novel writer, took his last breath on this day.
1979: One of the most famous Indian Independence activist – Jayaprakash Narayan, also known as Lok Nayak, took his last breath on this day.
2005: The part of Kashmir – illegally occupied by Pakistan was hit by a massive earthquake on this day, claiming lives of 86,000 to 87,351 lives.
Today in History – October 8: “World”
314: Licinius – the Roman Emperor, loses European territories after tasting a defeat at the hands of Constantine I, who was Licinius’ colleague.
876: In the Battle of Andernach, Louis the Younger commanded Frankish forces manage to prevent the invasion by West Frankish forces and successfully defeated Charles II (“the Bald”) – the emperor.
1322: In Battle of Bliska, Mladen II Šubić of Bribir was defeated. He was later arrested in the Parliament.
1480: Great Stand on the Ugra River took place in which Akhmat Khan – who was the Khan of the Great Horde had to retreat after facing Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia. This stand off eventually resulted in the disintegration of Tartaro-Mongol hordes.
1573: During the Eighty Years’ War, Dutch taste their first victory by defeating the Spanish forces and ending the Spanish siege of Alkmaar.
1806: Siege of port of Boulonge started by British forces during Napoleonic Wars. The British forces used Congreve Rockets for the first time. Those rockets were created by Sir William Congreve, who basically stole the concept of the rocket from the Mysorean Rockets of India.
1856: The Second Opium War is triggered by Pearl River’s Arrow Incident. China clashes with several western powers. China lost the war.
1912: With Montenegro declaring war on Ottoman Empire, the First Balkan War kick-started.
1939: Western Poland annexed by Germany during WWII.
1941: During Battle of Rostov’s preliminaries, the German forces captured Mariupol and reached Sea of Azov. This happened during WWII.
1967: In Bolivia, Che Guevara and his men were captured on this day.
1982: All trade unions and solidarity were banned by Poland.
1990: During Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli Police killed 17 Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock mosque. Nearly another 100 were wounded badly.