December 8 Events

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December 8th, 2005 (December 08 2005)EventAnte Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Americas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.
December 8th, 2004 (December 08 2004)EventThe Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
December 8th, 2002 (December 08 2002)EventThe Caribbean Community Heads of Government meet with the Government of Cuba and declare the date to be "CARICOM-Cuba Day"To celebrate diplomatic ties between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba.
December 8th, 1998 (December 08 1998)EventTadjena massacre: 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria.
December 8th, 1993 (December 08 1993)EventThe North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed into law by US President Bill Clinton.Bill Clinton Quotes
December 8th, 1991 (December 08 1991)EventThe leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States.
December 8th, 1991 (December 08 1991)EventThe Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.
December 8th, 1987 (December 08 1987)EventThe Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed.
December 8th, 1987 (December 08 1987)EventThe Queen Street Massacre: Frank Vitkovic shoots and kills 8 people at the offices of Australia Post in Melbourne, Australia before being killed himself.
December 8th, 1987 (December 08 1987)EventThe Alianza Lima air disaster.
December 8th, 1982 (December 08 1982)EventActivist Norman Mayer threatens to blow up the Washington Monument, before being killed by United States Park Police.
December 8th, 1982 (December 08 1982)EventIn Suriname several opponents of the military government are killed.
December 8th, 1980 (December 08 1980)EventMark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon in front of The Dakota apartment building with five bullets.John Lennon Quotes
December 8th, 1974 (December 08 1974)EventA plebiscite results in the abolition of monarchy in Greece.
December 8th, 1972 (December 08 1972)EventUnited Airlines Flight 553 crashes near Chicago Midway Airport, killing 45 people.
December 8th, 1969 (December 08 1969)EventAn Olympic Airways Douglas DC-6 crashes in Keratea during a storm, killing 93 people.
December 8th, 1966 (December 08 1966)EventThe Greek SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.
December 8th, 1953 (December 08 1953)EventDwight D. Eisenhower gives the Atoms for Peace speech.Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
December 8th, 1949 (December 08 1949)EventChinese Civil War: The capital of the Republic of China is moved from Nanjing to Taipei, Taiwan.
December 8th, 1942 (December 08 1942)EventHolocaust: in Ternopil, Ukraine, the German SS organizes the deportation of the last 1,400 Ternopil Jews to the death camp in Belzec. The chief of the Gestapo, SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Hermann Muller, bore overall responsibility for the mass murder of the Jews of Ternopil and Berezhany county.
December 8th, 1941 (December 08 1941)EventWorld War II: The Japanese invade the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. They also invade the portions of Shanghai administered by European powers and bomb American bases in the Philippines. Because of the time difference, these eventswhich took place west of the International Date Linehappened while it was still December 7 to the east of this line.
December 8th, 1941 (December 08 1941)EventWorld War II: Pacific WarAfter the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the U.S. Congress passes a declaration of war against Japan.
December 8th, 1941 (December 08 1941)EventWorld War II: Pacific Warthe Republic of China officially declares war against Japan.
December 8th, 1941 (December 08 1941)EventWorld War II: Pacific WarThe Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in China issues a proclamation which declared war against Japan and Germany on behalf of Korean people, who were under Japanese occupation since 1910.
December 8th, 1941 (December 08 1941)EventWorld War II: First Japanese attack on Wake Island.
December 8th, 1941 (December 08 1941)EventHolocaust: Gas vans are first used as a means of execution, at the Chelmno extermination camp near Lodz in Poland.
December 8th, 1935 (December 08 1935)EventThe Japanese military police launches a violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto, beginning with a crackdown on the sect s operational bases of Ayabe and Kameoka in Kyoto Prefecture and the arrest of its leader Onisaburo Deguchi.
December 8th, 1926 (December 08 1926)EventDisappearance of Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie Quotes
December 8th, 1914 (December 08 1914)EventWorld War I: Battle of the Falkland IslandsThe Kaiserliche Marine under the command of Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee is engaged by the Royal Navy.
December 8th, 1912 (December 08 1912)EventFirst Balkan War: The Greek army captures Korce that had been under Ottoman rule.
December 8th, 1907 (December 08 1907)EventKing Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne.
December 8th, 1904 (December 08 1904)EventKonservativ Ungdom (Young Conservatives) in Denmark is founded by Carl F. Herman von Rosen. Still existing today, it is the oldest political youth organization in Denmark and believed to be one of the oldest in the world.
December 8th, 1886 (December 08 1886)EventThe American Federation of Labor is founded in Columbus, Ohio.
December 8th, 1869 (December 08 1869)EventTimothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.
December 8th, 1864 (December 08 1864)EventThe Clifton Suspension Bridge over the River Avon is officially opened.
December 8th, 1854 (December 08 1854)EventPope Pius IX proclaims the dogma of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Virgin Mary was born free of original sin.
December 8th, 1659 (December 08 1659)EventMexican border town Ciudad Juarez is founded by Fray Garcia de San Francisco.
December 8th, 1609 (December 08 1609)EventBiblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe.

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