October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in a leap year) in the Gregorian calendar. This is followed by 84 days until the end of the year.
1871 – A major fire destroys nearly four square miles of Chicago, killing hundreds.
1904 - A severe storm rages along the Dutch coast. Several fishing vessels sink. 14 fishermen from Urk alone are killed.
1934 - Bruno Hauptmann is indicted for the murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.
1990 - 21 Palestinians are killed and 300 injured in clashes on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
2005 - A massive earthquake hits Pakistan.
2007 - RandstadRail 4 in Zoetermeer is fully commissioned.
2010 - Thailand's worst flooding in decades threatens to inundate the city of Bangkok. In recent weeks, the natural disaster has hit 53 provinces, left millions of people homeless and killed 255. (Read more)
2015 - Bombing of a wedding in Yemen kills more than 50 people.
2016 - In Japan, the volcano Aso erupts. The government warns, among other things, about ash rain in the area.
2016 - An investigation by the Standing Supervisory Committee of the police services into the attacks of 13 November 2015 in the French capital Paris shows that the Belgian police had at least thirteen opportunities to prevent the attacks in the neighboring country.
2016 - A bombing of a funeral home in Yemen's capital Sanaa kills at least 82 and injures more than 500. This is where the funeral of Sheikh Ali al-Rawishan's father was taking place.
2016 - In the American city of Palm Springs, an armed man kills two police officers.
2017 - In Barcelona, hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets to protest the independence of Catalonia. At the request of the Catalan civil society SCC, the protesters are carrying Spanish, Catalan and European flags to show unity.
2017 - The Turkish prosecutor demands up to 15 years in prison for the director and ten other employees of Amnesty International in Turkey.
2017 - More than 140 thousand Balinese are on the run from the impending eruption of the volcano Gunung Agung.
2021 - An IS attack on a mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz leaves at least 50 dead and 140 injured. Media
1960 - The first issue of TeleVizier appears. War
314 – Battle of Cibalae: Emperor Constantine the Great defeats his rival Valerius Licinius at Cibalae (present day Vinkovci) and achieves a Pyrrhic victory.
876 – Battle of Andernach: A Frankish army commanded by Louis the Younger defeats his uncle Charles the Bald at Andernach (located on the Rhine).
1573 - Alkmaar relieved, the first Dutch victory during the Eighty Years' War.
1912 - The First Balkan War breaks out.
1939 - Germany annexes western Poland. Politics
1600 - San Marino adopts a written constitution.
1606 - Count Johan VI van Nassau-Siegen is succeeded by his sons Willem Lodewijk, Johan VII, George, Ernst Casimir and Johan Lodewijk.
1650 - Emperor Ferdinand III raises Count Johan Lodewijk van Nassau-Hadamar to the Princes' ranks.
1842 - Marriage of Hereditary Grand Duke Karel Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and Princess Sophie of the Netherlands in The Hague.
1967 - Che Guevara is imprisoned in Bolivia.
1982 - In Poland, the Solidarność trade union is banned.
1990 - The British pound sterling joins the European Monetary System.
1991 - The Parliament of Bangladesh elects Abdur Rahman Biswas (65) as president.
2000 - In Belgium there are municipal, district and provincial council elections.
2006 - In Belgium there are municipal, district and provincial council elections.
2012 – Ivory Coast reopens the border with Ghana after the West African country closed it in late September following an attack by gunmen on a checkpoint.
2015 - The tribunal of the Brazilian court rules you