Daily Calendar for Friday, December 8, 2023


  • Eli Whitney (inventor) –
  • Diego Rivera (artist) –
  • Elzie Crisler Segar (Popeye creator) –
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. (entertainer) –
  • Flip Wilson (comedian) –
  • Jim Morrison (lead singer of The Doors) –
  • Kim Basinger (actress) –
  • Dominic Monaghan (actor) –
  • Ian Somerhalder (actor) –
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar (actor) –
  • AnnaSophia Robb (actress) –


  • Major Robert Lawrence (the first African American astronaut, was killed during training exercises) –
  • John Lennon (musician, founding member of The Beatles) –
  • John Glenn (astronaut, first American to orbit Earth) –
  • Caroll Spinney (puppeteer; best known for Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch) –
  • Ryan O'Neal (actor) –


  • American Federation of Labor is organized at Columbus, Ohio, with Samuel Gompers as first president–
  • American Bird Banding Association formed, first such society in U.S.–
  • The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert–
  • John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields poem was published–
  • U.S. declared war on Japan (WW II)–
  • Nine N.Y.C. newspapers shut down when International Typographical Union workers strike–
  • Musician and former Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed in New York City–
  • Russian leaders announced the dissolution of the Soviet Union–
  • Element 111, roentgenium, first created–
  • At three Anheuser-Busch properties (Merrimack, New Hampshire; St. Louis, Missouri; and Fort Collins, Colorado) 896 couples gathered to kiss under the mistletoe, setting a new Guinness World Record–


  • Icefalls at Gay Hill, Texas, averaged four to six inches in diameter–
  • 92 degrees Fahrenheit, Ojai, California–

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