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What Happened on October 8 : The Great Stand on the Ugra River

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Historical Events

  • 1480 Great Stand on the Ugra river: Standoff between forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde and Ivan III, Grand Prince of all Rus. Ends with a Tatar-Mongol retreat, leading to the disintegration of the Horde.
  • 1769 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand at Poverty Bay on the East Coast of the North Island
  • 1856 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River
  • 1915 Battle of Loos on WWI Western Front ends, German forces contain British attack (85,000 casualties)
  • 1917 Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control
  • 1945 Microwave oven patented by US inventor Percy Spencer
  • 2001 US President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security

Oct 8 in Film & TV

  • 1927 “The Second Hundred Years” silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

Oct 8 in Music

Oct 8 in Sport

  • 1818 Jack Broughton designed padded gloves first used in a competitive boxing match between 2 unnamed English boxers at Aix-la-Chapelle in France

Did You Know?

Kenyan Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”

On October 8, 2004

Would You Believe?

Forest fire destroys Peshtigo, Wisconsin, killing between 1,200 and 2,500 people, making it then the deadliest wildfire in recorded history

On October 8, 1871

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