ON THIS DAY: November 8, 2016

November 8th is



Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

International Comet Day *

International Stout Day *

World Town Planning Day *

X-ray Day *


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Sikhism – Guru Nanak Dev Ji

international Flags

Bosnia-Herzegovina & Serbia – Mitrovdan
(Russian Orthodox feast of Demetrius)

Bulgaria – Saint Michael’s Day

Greece – Cretan National Day

Micronesia – Pohnpei:
Constitution Day

Nepal – Queen Aishwarya’s Birthday


On This Day in HISTORY

519 – Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration


1602 –The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library opens for scholars and students

1605 – Under torture, Guy Fawkes reveals what he knows of the Gunpowder Plot, and the British government names ringleader Robert Catesby as a wanted man. Catesby and his remaining followers reach Holbeche House, but Richard Walsh, Sheriff of Worcester and his 200 men kill five conspirators, including Catesby, and take the rest into custody

1656 – Edmund Halley is born, English astronomer who computed ‘his’ comet’s orbit

1745 – Charles Edward Stuart, the “Young Pretender” to the thrones Scotland, England, France and Ireland, enters England with over 5,000 men


1793 – The Louvre Museum in Paris opens to the public


1805 – The Lewis and Clark expedition, aka “the Corps of Discovery” reaches the Pacific Ocean, almost a year and a half after their departure on May 14, 1804

1837 – Mary Lyon founds Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, which later becomes  Mount Holyoke College

1880 – French actress Sarah Bernhardt makes her American stage debut in Adrienne Lecouvreur in New York City

1883 – Arnold Bax, English composer and poet is born

1889 – Montana is admitted as the 41st U.S. state

1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen discovers X-rays while experimenting with electricity, takes the first X-rays – X-ray Day *


1910 – Willian H. Frost patents an insect exterminator

1923 – Adolf Hitler makes his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich now known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch”

1933 – The Civil Works Administration is created by executive order by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed Americans

1939 – Life With Father premieres on Broadway

1949 – World Town Planning Day * founded by Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires to promote creating livable communities

1956 – After turning down 18,000 names, the Ford Motor Company decided to name their new car the “Edsel,” after Henry Ford’s only son


1965 – The soap opera Days of Our Lives debuts on NBC-TV

1966 – Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts becomes the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, and Ronald Reagan is elected governor of California

1971 – Led Zeppelin releases album Led Zeppelin IV, including “Stairway to Heaven”

1979 – The program, The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage, premieres on ABC-TV, and evolves into the news program Nightline

1980 – Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California announce the discovery of a 15th moon orbiting the planet Saturn

1985 – Sting’s concert move Bring On the Night opens in the U.S.

1990 – President George H. W. Bush orders 150,000 more soldiers to be deployed in the Persian Gulf, joining the multi-national forces fighting Iraq

1991 – The European Community and Canada impose economic sanctions on Yugoslavia in an attempt to stop the Balkan civil war

1992 – About 350,000 people rally in Berlin against racist violence

1993 – Five Picasso paintings and other artwork valued at $52 million are stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden

1997 – Chinese engineers divert the Yangtze River to begin work on Three Gorges Dam


2000 – Waco special counsel John Danforth releases report absolving the federal government of wrongdoing in the 1993 seige of the Branch Davidian compound

2013 – First International Stout Day *




  • Spices and peppers for Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
  • International Flags
  • Aztec feast
  • Prince Charles Edward Stuart [age 22], 1732 painting by Antonio David – Scottish National Gallery
  • Projet d’aménagement de la Grande Galerie du Louvre, c. 1789
    by Hubert Robert, Musée du Louvre
  • Wilhelm Röntgen’s first X-ray of Albert von Kölliker’s hand
  • Edsel Ad 1957
  • 1997 Yangtze River diversion to begin work on Three Gorges Dam
  • International Stout Day


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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4 Responses to ON THIS DAY: November 8, 2016

  1. Today is the 132nd birthday of Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Hermann Rorschach. He published his book Psychodiagnostik in 1921, in which he explained the use of ten carefully crafted inkblots as a diagnostic tool for psychologists and psychiatrists. He died of peritonitis a year after the book was published.
    Dr. Hermann Rorschach

  2. Dr. Rorschach was only 37 years old when he died.

  3. wordcloud9 says:

    Thanks Chuck!

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