October 8 in History

October 8 in History

October 8th is…
American Touch Tag Day
International Off-Road Day
Fluffernutter Day
National Hero Day
Pierogi Day

1860 – Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco began operating.

1881 – Haighong Typhoon, Vietnam

1871 – Peshtigo Fire, Wisconsin (2000 estimated dead)

1871 – Great Michigan Fire (500? killed)

1871 – Great Chicago Fire (300 estimated dead)

1917 – Executed labor leader and songwriter Joe Hill had his ashes seized by the US federal government on Oct 8, 1917. The ashes were held for 71 years as they were seen as subversive. Before he died, Hill asked to be cremated and specified that his ashes be scattered in every state except Utah.

1967 – Che Guevara and his men were captured in Bolivia.

1979 – Sugar Babies (Broadway Review) Opened on October 8, 1979, and closed on August 28, 1982

1982 – Cats, based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, opened on Broadway and ran for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

1984 – The Burning Bed starring Farrah Fawcett, aired on NBC

1985 – Les Miserables (East End Musical) Opened on October 8, 1985

1986 – The Fox Broadcasting Company became the US’ fourth commercial broadcast television network, with The Late Show hosted by Joan Rivers.

1986 – The Phantom of the Opera (East End Musical) Opened on October 9, 1986

1988 – #1 Hit October 8, 1988 – October 14, 1988: Def Leppard – Love Bites

2001 – US President George W. Bush announced the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

2005 (Earthquake) Kashmir, Pakistan

2011 – On September 26th, 2011, Mikey Welsh posted on Twitter, “Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today,” followed by, “Correction – the weekend after next.” He died on October 8th, 2011, from a heart attack in his sleep in a hotel room. In Chicago.


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