December 8

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on December 8, include:

  • Bodhi Day 
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception - (Catholic)
  • National Chocolate Brownie Day 
  • National Christmas Tree Day 
  • National Lard Day 
  • Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day 
  • Take it in the Ear Day 
  • World Choral Day - December 8, 2024 (Second Sunday in December)
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day - December 8, 2024 (Second Sunday in December)

2024 Weekly Holidays that include December 8, are:

  • Advent - December 1 - 24, 2024
  • Clerc-Gallaudet Week - December 3-10
  • Computer Science Education Week - December 8-14, 2024 (Always the week of December 9, Birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper)
  • Lager Beer Week - December 8-14, 2024 (Second Week of December)
  • Tie One On For Safety Campaign - Runs November 28, 2024 through January 1, 2025 (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include December 8, are:

  • There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our December Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of December.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for December 8 is Sagittarius.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for December are:

  • Holly/Narcissus - Sweetness, Self-Esteem, Vanity, The Sweetness of whoever receives it


The Birthstone(s) for December is:

  • Tanzanite
  • Zircon
  • Turquoise

Famous Birthdays

  • 1542 - Mary, Queen of Scots (d. 1587)
  • 1765 - Eli Whitney, American engineer who invented the cotton gin (d. 1825)
  • 1861 - William C. Durant, American businessman who founded General Motors and Chevrolet (d. 1947)
  • 1894 - E. C. Segar, American cartoonist who created Popeye (d 1938)
  • 1925 - Sammy Davis, Jr. American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1990)
  • 1936 - David Carradine, American actor, director and producer (Kung Fu) (d. 2009)
  • 1953 - Kim Basinger, American actress (Never Say Never Again, Batman, The Getaway, L.A. Confidential)

Famous Deaths

  • 1980 - John Lennon, English singer, songwriter, guitarist and member of The Beatles (b. 1940)
  • 1982 - Marty Robbins, American country western singer, songwriter and NASCAR race car driver (Won Grammy for his song El Paso) (b. 1925) 
  • 2016 - John Glenn, American astronaut and Senator in Ohio, Third American in space, and first American to go orbit the Earth (b. 1921)
  • 2019 - Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer and actor (Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch on Sesame Street) (b. 1933)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1872 - American Mormon religious leader Brigham Young marries his 55th and final wife, American poet Hannah Tapfield 
  • 2006 - Actor Scott Baio (Happy Days), marries Renee Sloan
  • 2010 - Rock singer Nancy Wilson of Heart, divorces director Cameron Crowe after 24 years of marriage

Quote of the Day

November 8th is National Christmas Tree Day!   

Above is the Video Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

November 7th is National Christmas Tree Day!

The best of all gifts around the Christmas Tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other! ~ Burton Hillis

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
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This Day in History

  • 1907 - King Gustaf V of Sweden accedes to the Swedish throne
  • 1941 - After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan on December 7, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be "a date which will live in infamy", after which the United States declares war on Japan and enters World War II
  • 1941 - Japanese forces simultaneously invade Shanghai International Settlement, Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies
  • 1953 - Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his "Atoms for Peace" speech
  • 1955 - The Flag of Europe is adopted by Council of Europe
  • 1963 -Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707 is struck by lightning and crashes near Elkton, Maryland, killing all 81 people on board
  • 1966 - The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in the Aegean Sea during a storm resulting in the death of over 200 people
  • 1969 - Olympic Airways Flight 954 strikes a mountain outside of Keratea, Greece, killing 90 people
  • 1972 - United Airlines Flight 553, a Boeing 737, crashes at Chicago Midway International Airport after aborting its landing attempt, killing 45
  • 1987 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate-Range-Nuclear Forces Treaty
  • 1988 - Five people are killed and 50 injured when a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany
  • 1990 - The Galileo spacecraft flies past Earth for the first time
  • 1992 - The Galileo spacecraft flies past Earth for the second time
  • 2009 - Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kill 127 people and injure 448 people
  • 2019 - First confirmed case of COVID-19 in China

This Day in Music

  • 1980 - John Lennon of The Beatles is murdered by Mark David Chapma in New York City
  • 1984 - Out of Touch by Hall & Oates hits #1 in America (video below)
  • 2007 - Noel, the Christmas album by Josh Groban hits #1 in America and ultimately becomes the top-selling album of 2007
  • 2013 - Metallica plays a show in Antarctica sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero, making them the first band to perform on all seven continents

This Day in Sports

  • 1984 - At the Australian Open Chris Evert-Lloyd beats Helena Kukova 6-7, 6-1, and 6-3
  • 2007 - Tim Tebow, Florida Quarterback wins the 73rd Heisman Trophy Award
  • 2011 - After a 161-day lockout that shortened the season by 16 games, the NBA and players union reach a financial agreement

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Menorah (noun)

1. (Judaism) A candelabrum with nine branches used in Jewish worship on Hanukkah.

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