On This Day In History, 8 December


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World Events Today

  • The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England, based on an original design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, finally opened today in 1864, 5 years after his death
  • The British musician and former member of the rock band The Beatles, John Lennon, was fatally shot by Mark David Chapman today in 1980 in New York City
  • The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, between the United States and Russia, was signed today in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev

Entertainment Events Today

  • The movie The Dear Hunter, starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, was released today in 1978, it went on to win 5 Academy Awards
  • Irving Berlin’s musical Watch your Step, opened at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York today in 1914
  • The Broadway Theater finally became a “legitimate theater” house today in 1930

Family Events Today

  • The American singer, dancer, actor and Rat Pack member, Sammy Davis Junior, was born today in 1925 in New York
  • The Irish flute player Sir James Galway, also known as “The Man with the Golden Flute”, was born today in 1939 in Belfast
  • The American singer-songwriter and poet James Douglas Morrison, better known more simply as Jim Morrison, lead vocalist of the rock band the Doors, was born today in 1943

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Brownie Day

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