October 08 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on October 08.

October 08

Events on October 08

1805 The outnumbered French troops defeat the invading Austrians at Ulm.

1809 Metternich was appointed Austrian foreign minister.

1813 Wellington invades southern France.

1871 A great fire started in Chicago – believed to have begun in one Mrs O’Leary’s barn in Dekoven Street, when a cow upset a lantern – and people had to flee their homes.

1952 A rail crash in Harrow, Britain involving three trains kills 112 and injures more than 200 people.

1965 Britain’s tallest building to date, the Post Office Tower in London, opens, offering a revolving restaurant and viewing galleries.

1967 The first British speeding motorist is breathalysed, to test alcohol consumption, in Somerset.

1973 The first legal commercial radio station in Britain opens as LBC (London Broadcasting) goes on the air.

2005 73,000 people died when an earthquake devastated Kashmir and the North-West Frontier Province of India.

Famous Birthdays on October 08

Sir Alfred Munnings 1878, English artist, critic and president of the Royal Academy whose speciality was horses and sporting pictures.

Juan Perón 1895, Argentinian general and President who was deposed in 1955 and returned to office in 1973.

Cesar Milstein 1927, British molecular biologist who in 1984 shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work on techniques to produce antibodies in order to immunize against specific diseases.

Ray Reardon 1932, Welsh-born World Professional Snooker Champion in 1970, and from 1973 to 1976.

Reverend Jesse Jackson 1941, American politician and black civil rights campaigner.

Historical News on October 08

Ferrier Loses Fight

1953 British contralto Kathleen Ferrier has died at a nursing home in London after a long tight battle against cancer.

She was 41.

A late starter, Ferrier reached the summit as a singer in a remarkably short time, thanks to a beautiful voice that was rich in tone and character.

She established herself in the first rank of concert singers during the war years.

Her stage debut came in 1946, in the world premiere of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne.

The title part in Gluck’s Orfeo became closely identified with her and, together with appearances at the Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals, won her international acclaim.

Haitian Despot Takes Own Life

1820 Henri Christophe, the Haitian leader who believed that despotism was the only form of government for his people, has shot himself.

He was 53.

A former slave, Christophe rose to prominence as a military commander during the war against the French in 1791.

After 1806, when his efforts to become overlord of the entire country had been thwarted, Christophe established his own fiefdom in northern Haiti.

He built a fortress, Citadelle Laferrière, south of his capital, Cap-Haitien.

His people have been in revolt for the past two months – since hearing that their despotic ruler, now calling himself King Henri I, had suffered a stroke.

Christophe could expect no mercy.

Multi-Million Bullion Rescued

1981 Treasure worth £45 million ($83 million) which has lain in the Barents Sea for almost 40 years was retrieved last night.

For the past three weeks a team of 10 divers has been working round the clock to recover 431 gold bars, weighing 23 lb (10.5 kg) apiece, from the hull of the British cruiser, Edinburgh.

In May 1942 the ship was transporting the bullion from Russia to Britain when she became involved in a running battle with German destroyers and a U-boat and was eventually sunk.

The companies involved in the salvage operation, Wharton Williams and Jessop Marine Recoveries, will receive 45 per cent of the value of the gold.

The British and Soviet governments will receive the rest.

Dow Jones Traces Ups And Downs

Dow Jones Traces ups and downs on October 08
Dow Jones Traces ups and downs

1897 A New York news agency has come up with the novel idea of charting the general trends in the trading of stocks and bonds on Wall Street.

The company, Dow Jones & Co, Inc, computes a daily industrial average by using a list of 12 stocks and dividing their total price by 12.

The creator of this unique statistical measure is the highly respected financial journalist Charles Henry Dow, 46, the founder and editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Another Scandal For Jerry Lee

Another scandal for Jerry Lee on October 08
Another scandal for Jerry Lee

1984 The death of the fifth wife of singer Jerry Lee Lewis, 49, is the topic of a major article in this month’s Rolling Stone magazine.

Shawn Lewis, 25, died last August, apparently of a methadone overdose.

Rolling Stone now reveals that bloodstained clothes were found in the room where she died and that blood and bruising were found on her body.

Shawn’s mother is reported to have said that her daughter had called her the day before her death and said she was going to leave the violent Lewis – nicknamed “The Killer”.

Lewis has many problems on his plate at present, not least the Internal Revenue Service, after him for back taxes.

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