November 8th anniversary: ​​What happened on a day like today?

UNITED STATES.- We tell you the ephemeris of November 8, from the most important events to births and deaths that occurred between 1519 and 2020, in addition the catholic saints.


1519.- The Spanish conqueror and military Hernán Cortés, arrives in Tenochtitlan (Mexico). It is the first time that a European enters one of the great pre-Columbian cities.


1793.- The Louvre Museum opens in Paris.


1838.- The composer Federico Chopin and the writer “George Sand” arrive in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), where they live a romance.

1849. El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua sign the León Convention that establishes the National Representation of Central America.

1895.- The German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered X-rays, which earned him the Nobel Prize in 1901.

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1932.- Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected 32nd President of the United States after defeating Republican Herbert Hoover.

1933.- The king of Afghanistan, Nadir Sha, is assassinated in the palace in Kabul. His son Zahir Sha succeeds him.

1965.- The death penalty is abolished in the UK.

1965.- The British Indian Ocean Territory or the Chagos Islands is created, an overseas territory, with more than a thousand islands, between Africa and Indonesia.

1972.- In the United States, the pay television network HBO (acronym for Home Box Office) begins its broadcasts with a hockey game.

1977.- The Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovers the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, who was king of Macedonia from 335 to 336 BC

1988.- In the Puerto Rico elections, the Popular Democratic Party and its candidate, Governor Rafael Hernández Colón, triumph.

1989.- The first elections in 30 years are held in Jordan, in which Muslim fundamentalists are the main winners.

1991.- The Heads of State and Government of the NATO member countries agree in Rome to reform their structures and institutionalize the opening to the countries of the East.

1999.- Paraguay and Cuba sign the Joint Declaration for the reestablishment of diplomatic relations after 40 years of rupture.


2001.- Spain, at the request of Judge Baltasar Garzón, presents to Argentina the extradition request of 18 accused of human rights violations.

2002.- Uruguayan Enrique Iglesias is re-elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

2002.- The UN Security Council unanimously approves resolution 1441, which obliges Iraq to accept the return of the weapons inspectors.

2004.- In Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez of the leftist coalition Frente Amplio, proclaims himself the winner of the presidential and legislative elections.

2005.- The UN General Assembly approves a resolution promoted by Cuba that asks the United States to lift the economic and commercial embargo on the island.

2005.- The Government of France resorts to a law of 1955 and declares a state of emergency after a week of urban disturbances in the peripheral neighborhoods of Paris and other Gallic cities.

2008.- The three Islamists sentenced to death for the 2002 Bali attacks, which killed 202 people, are executed on the island-prison of Nusakambangan, south Java (Indonesia).

2011.- The singer Shakira receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is the first Colombian recognized with this distinction.

2015.- The National League for Democracy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi wins the elections in Burma.

2016.- Ricardo Roselló, of the annexationist New Progressive Party (PNP), is elected the new governor of Puerto Rico.

2017.- The European Union (EU) agrees to sanction Venezuela and impose an arms embargo for the repression in the country.

2018.- The most destructive fire in its history is unleashed in Northern California (USA), causing at least 76 deaths in a few days and more than 600 missing.

2019.- Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is released from jail, where he spent one year and seven months for a corruption conviction.

2020.- The American company Virgin Hyperloop successfully carries out, in the Nevada desert, the first test of passenger transport on board a futuristic ultra-fast train. It travels 500 meters in 15 seconds and at a speed of 172 km / h.

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  • 1900.- Margaret Mitchell, American writer.
  • 1916.- Peter Weiss, German writer and playwright.
  • 1935.- Alain Delon, French film actor.
  • 1936.- Virna Lisi, Italian actress.
  • 1975.- Ángel Corella, Spanish dancer.
  • 2003.- Luisa Mountbatten-Windsor, member of the British Royal Family.


  • 1674.- John Milton, English poet and novelist.
  • 1873.- Manuel Bretón de los Herreros, Spanish playwright.
  • 1908.- Victorien Sardou, French playwright.
  • 1940.- Alfonso Hernández Catá, Cuban poet and writer.
  • 1953.- Iván Bunin, Russian poet.
  • 2009.- Vitali Guinzburg, Russian scientist. Nobel Prize 2003.
  • 2010.- Emilio Eduardo Massera, former Commander in Chief of the Navy and member of the Argentine Military Junta (1976-1983).
  • 2011.- Bill Keane, American humorist.
  • 2019.- Fred Bongusto, Italian singer.

Catholic saints

  • Saint Adeodato I
  • San Claro de Tours
  • Saint Godfrey of Amiens
  • Saint Wilehado of Bremen
  • Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
  • Blessed Isaiah Boner
  • Blessed Juan Duns Escoto
  • Blessed Mary Crucified Satellico
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November 8th anniversary: ​​What happened on a day like today?

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