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Saturday 8 December 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Bodhi Day (Japan)
  • CARICOM–Cuba Day (Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba)
  • Constitution Day (Romania)
  • Constitution Day (Uzbekistan)
  • Day of Finnish Music (Finland)
  • National Youth Day (Albania)

Events

  • 2010 – With the second launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the first launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
  • 2004 – The Cusco Declaration is signed in Cusco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
  • 1988 – A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany, killing 5 people and injuring 50 others.
  • 1987 – An Israeli army tank transporter kills four Palestinian refugees and injures seven others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the Israel–Gaza Strip border, which has been cited as one of the events which sparked the First Intifada.
  • 1972 – United Airlines Flight 553, a Boeing 737, crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45. This is the first-ever loss of a Boeing 737.
  • 1953 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his "Atoms for Peace" speech, which leads to an American program to supply equipment and information on nuclear power to schools, hospitals, and research institutions around the world.
  • 1941 – World War II: Japanese forces simultaneously invade Shanghai International Settlement, Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies. (See December 7 for the concurrent attack on Pearl Harbor in the Western Hemisphere.)
  • 1941 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be "a date which will live in infamy", after which the U.S. declares war on Japan.
  • 1927 – The Brookings Institution, one of the United States' oldest think tanks, is founded through the merger of three organizations that had been created by philanthropist Robert S. Brookings.
  • 1660 – A woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello.
  • 1432 – The first battle between the forces of Švitrigaila and Sigismund Kęstutaitis is fought near the town of Oszmiana (Ashmyany), launching the most active phase of the Lithuanian Civil War.

Births

  • 1993 – AnnaSophia Robb, American actress
  • 1986 – Enzo Amore, American wrestler
  • 1986 – Kate Voegele, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1985 – Dwight Howard, American basketball player
  • 1985 – Josh Donaldson, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Sam Hunt, American singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – Alfredo Aceves, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Chrisette Michele, American singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-American rapper and actress
  • 1981 – Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Philip Rivers, American football player
  • 1979 – Ingrid Michaelson, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1978 – Ian Somerhalder, American actor
  • 1978 – Vernon Wells, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Ryan Newman, American race car driver
  • 1976 – Brettina, Bahamian-American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1976 – Reed Johnson, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Kevin Harvick, American race car driver
  • 1974 – Nick Zinner, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1974 – Tony Simmons, American football player and coach
  • 1969 – Kristin Lauter, American mathematician and cryptographer
  • 1968 – Mike Mussina, American baseball player and coach
  • 1967 – Jeff George, American football player
  • 1964 – Teri Hatcher, American actress
  • 1963 – Greg Howe, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1962 – Marty Friedman, American-Japanese guitarist, songwriter, and television host
  • 1962 – Steve Elkington, Australian-American golfer
  • 1961 – Ann Coulter, American lawyer, journalist, and author
  • 1960 – Aaron Allston, American game designer and author (d. 2014)
  • 1960 – Bill McKibben, American author and environmentalist
  • 1959 – Mark Steyn, Canadian-American author and critic
  • 1958 – Bob Greene, American physiologist and author
  • 1958 – Rob Byrnes, American author and blogger
  • 1957 – James Cama, American martial artist and educator (d. 2014)
  • 1957 – Slick, American wrestler and manager
  • 1956 – Warren Cuccurullo, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1955 – Kasim Sulton, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer
  • 1954 – Harold Hongju Koh, American lawyer, academic, and politician
  • 1953 – Kim Basinger, American actress
  • 1953 – Norman Finkelstein, American author, academic, and activist
  • 1953 – Roy Firestone, American sportscaster and journalist
  • 1953 – Sam Kinison, American comedian (d. 1992)
  • 1951 – Bill Bryson, American essayist, travel and science writer
  • 1951 – Richard Desmond, English publisher and businessman, founded Northern & Shell
  • 1950 – Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1994)
  • 1950 – Rick Baker, American actor and makeup artist
  • 1950 – Tim Foli, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1949 – Mary Gordon, American author, critic, and academic
  • 1949 – Nancy Meyers, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1949 – Robert Sternberg, American psychologist and academic
  • 1948 – Luis Caffarelli, Argentinian-American mathematician and academic
  • 1947 – Gregg Allman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)
  • 1947 – Margaret Geller, American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic
  • 1947 – Thomas Cech, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1946 – John Rubinstein, American actor, director, and composer
  • 1944 – Bertie Higgins, American singer-songwriter
  • 1943 – James Tate, American poet (d. 2015)
  • 1943 – Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter and poet (d. 1971)
  • 1943 – Larry Martin, American paleontologist and ornithologist (d. 2013)
  • 1943 – Mary Woronov, American actress, director, and screenwriter
  • 1941 – Bob Brown, American football player
  • 1941 – Duke Cunningham, American commander and politician
  • 1941 – Ed Brinkman, American baseball player and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1940 – Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • 1939 – Jerry Butler, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1939 – Soko Richardson, American drummer (d. 2004)
  • 1937 – James MacArthur, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1936 – David Carradine, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2009)
  • 1936 – Michael Hobson, American publisher
  • 1933 – Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (d. 1998)
  • 1931 – Bob Arum, American boxing promoter, founded Top Rank
  • 1928 – Ulric Neisser, German-American psychologist, neuroscientist, and academic (d. 2012)
  • 1927 – Ferdie Pacheco, American physician and author
  • 1925 – Jimmy Smith, American organist (d. 2005)
  • 1925 – Sammy Davis, Jr., American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1990)
  • 1923 – Dewey Martin, American actor
  • 1923 – Rudolph Pariser, Chinese-American soldier and chemist
  • 1922 – Jean Ritchie, American singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1919 – Julia Robinson, American mathematician and theorist (d. 1985)
  • 1919 – Peter Tali Coleman, Samoan-American lawyer and politician, 43rd Governor of American Samoa (d. 1997)
  • 1916 – Richard Fleischer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1915 – Ernest Lehman, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1914 – Floyd Tillman, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)
  • 1913 – Delmore Schwartz, American poet and short story writer (d. 1966)
  • 1911 – Lee J. Cobb, American actor (d. 1976)
  • 1908 – John A. Volpe, American soldier and politician, 61st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1900 – Ants Oras, Estonian-American author and academic (d. 1982)
  • 1899 – John Qualen, Canadian-American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1894 – E. C. Segar, American cartoonist, created Popeye (d. 1938)
  • 1894 – James Thurber, American humorist and cartoonist (d. 1961)
  • 1892 – Marcus Lee Hansen, American historian, author, and academic (d. 1938)
  • 1890 – Bohuslav Martinů, Czech-American pianist and composer (d. 1959)
  • 1861 – William C. Durant, American businessman, founded General Motors and Chevrolet (d. 1947)
  • 1813 – August Belmont, Prussian-American financier and diplomat, 16th United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (d. 1890)
  • 1765 – Eli Whitney, American engineer, invented the cotton gin (d. 1825)

Deaths

  • 2016 – John Glenn, American astronaut & senator, first American to go into orbit (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Douglas Tompkins, American businessman, co-founded The North Face and Esprit Holdings (b. 1943)
  • 2015 – John Trudell, American author, poet, and actor (b. 1946)
  • 2015 – Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano and actress (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Russ Kemmerer, American baseball player and coach (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Richard S. Williamson, American lawyer and diplomat (b. 1949)
  • 2012 – Jerry Brown, American football player (b. 1987)
  • 2012 – Johnny Lira, American boxer (b. 1951)
  • 2008 – Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2006 – Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 – Dimebag Darrell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1966)
  • 2001 – Betty Holberton, American computer scientist and programmer (b. 1917)
  • 1997 – Bob Bell, American clown and actor (b. 1922)
  • 1996 – Howard Rollins, American actor (b. 1950)
  • 1992 – William Shawn, American journalist (b. 1917)
  • 1991 – Buck Clayton, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1911)
  • 1984 – Luther Adler, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1984 – Robert Jay Mathews, American militant leader, founded The Order (b. 1953)
  • 1983 – Slim Pickens, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1982 – Marty Robbins, American singer-songwriter and race car driver (b. 1925)
  • 1966 – Ward Morehouse, American playwright, author, and critic (b. 1899)
  • 1958 – Tris Speaker, American baseball player and manager (b. 1888)
  • 1954 – Gladys George, American actress (b. 1904)
  • 1954 – Joseph B. Keenan, American lawyer and politician (b. 1888)
  • 1942 – Albert Kahn, American architect, Fisher Building, Packard Automotive Plant, Ford River Rouge Complex (b. 1869)
  • 1919 – J. Alden Weir, American painter (b. 1852)
  • 1886 – Isaac Lea, American conchologist, geologist, and publisher (b. 1792)
  • 1885 – William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1821)
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