This was 282nd day of the year and 84 days remained in the year.

October 8 Birthdays

Jesse Louis Jackson
1941—, U.S. political leader, clergyman, and civil rights activist, born in Greenville, S.C.

Emily Blackwell
physician (1826)

Edward Rickenbacker
war hero and airline executive (1890)

Juan Perón,
president of Argentina (1895)

Frank Herbert
writer (1920)

Chevy Chase
comedian (1943)

R.L. Stine
writer (1943)

Dennis Kucinich
political figure (1946)

Sigourney Weaver
actress (1949)

Matt Damon
actor (1970)

October 8 in History


The 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, died in Concord, N.H.


The Great Fire of Chicago started. That same day in Peshtigo, Wis., the worst forest fire in U.S. history also began.


Bruno Hauptmannn was indicted for the murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby.


President Harry Truman announced the U.S. would share the secret of the atomic bomb only with Great Britain and Canada.


Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the first and only perfect game in a World Series.


Martha Stewart began her prison sentence at Alderson Federal Prison Camp.


A 7.6 magnitude earthquake centered in the Pakistani-controlled part of the Kashmir region killed more than 80,000 and injured 65,000.

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