December 08: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On December 8, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 342nd day of the Gregorian calendar is December 8. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was premiered on this day, SpaceX became the first commercial corporation to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft, and Metallica became the first band to perform on all seven continents following their performance in Antarctica.

Sagittarius is the zodiac sign for December 8. Nicki Minaj, Kim Basinger, and Ann Coulter all have famous birthdays. National Bartender Day and National Brownie Day both fall on December 8.


(December 08, 1980)
On this day in 1980, Mark David Chapman fatally shot British artist John Lennon in New York City, prompting a worldwide outpouring of grief. Lennon rose to stardom with the Beatles and had a successful solo career. photo source:


(December 08, 2010)
SpaceX, an American aerospace company, became the first commercial company to launch a spacecraft, called the Dragon capsule, into space and bring it back to Earth. photo source:

(December 08, 2016)
John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, died at the age of 95. He was recognised as a national hero for his accomplishments. photo source:

(December 08, 2019)
Caroll Spinney, an American actor and puppeteer, died at the age of 85. Spinney created the characteristics and mannerisms of Big Bird, which he played for nearly 50 years. photo source:

(Died on December 08, 2019)
Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer and actor (b. 1933).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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