Today on the history corner, we take a trip in the realm of flashback and recall some events that marked this day.
November 8th, 1519
Hernán Cortés entered Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztec Empire.
November 8th, 1602
The Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, was officially opened in Oxford, England.
November 8th, 1620
The Mayflower Compact was signed by 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower ship in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
November 8th, 1861
The USS San Jacinto, commanded by Charles Wilkes, intercepted the British mail steamer Trent, leading to the Trent Affair during the American Civil War.
November 8th, 1889
Montana was admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
November 8th, 1895
Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays.
November 8th, 1933
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the Civil Works Administration, part of the New Deal.
November 8th, 1960
John F. Kennedy was elected as the 35th President of the United States.
November 8th, 1965
The American Northeast Blackout left over 30 million people without electricity.
November 8th, 1972
The HBO cable television network was launched.
November 8th, 1987
Remembrance Day bombing: Eleven people were killed by an IRA bomb during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
November 8th, 1988
The Douglas aircraft carrying Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland.
November 8th, 1989
East Germany opened the Berlin Wall, leading to the reunification of Germany.
November 8th, 2002
The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 1441, calling on Iraq to disarm or face “serious consequences.”
November 8th, 2013
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, struck the Philippines, causing widespread devastation and loss of life.
November 8th, 2016
Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States.
November 8th, 2018
The Camp Fire began in Northern California, becoming one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in the state’s history.
November 8th, 2019
NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft officially entered interstellar space, becoming the second human-made object to do so.
November 8th, 2020
Pfizer and BioNTech announced positive results in their COVID-19 vaccine trials, offering hope in the fight against the pandemic.
November 8th, 2021
COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, concluded in Glasgow, Scotland, with agreements and commitments to address climate change.
Please note that these are just a few historical events that happened on November 8th. History is full of numerous other significant events on this day, ranging from politics and warfare to cultural and scientific milestones.
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