34 fun facts for November, 8

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
From the first New York Marathon and National Cappuccino Day to the birth of Albert Camus and the discovery of X-rays, November 8th is a day filled with a diverse range of fun facts throughout history. Celebrate this day by remembering the influential people, groundbreaking milestones, and cultural events that took place on this day across the world.
34 Fun facts
  1. November 8th is National Cappuccino Day in the United States, a day to celebrate the popular Italian espresso-based coffee drink. It is often enjoyed with frothed milk and originated in the 16th century.
  2. In the United States, November 8th is also National Harvey Wallbanger Day. The Harvey Wallbanger is a cocktail made with vodka, Galliano liqueur, and orange juice. It was created in the 1950s and gained popularity in the 1970s.
  3. On November 8, 1519, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés entered the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán where he met Aztec Emperor Montezuma II. The encounter marked the beginning of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
  4. The New York Marathon, the world's largest and most popular annual marathon event, was first held on November 8, 1970. The race featured 127 participants and was won by American Gary Muhrcke.
  5. American scientist Dr. Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on November 8, 1954. The vaccine ultimately led to the virtual eradication of polio worldwide.
  6. On November 8, 2002, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 1441, which called for Iraq to disarm or face "serious consequences" for failing to comply with UN disarmament demands.
  7. The French film director, producer, and screenwriter Alain Resnais was born on November 8, 1922. His influential films include "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959) and "Last Year at Marienbad" (1961).
  8. November 8, 1895, saw the discovery of X-rays by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. Röntgen was awarded the first-ever Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 for this discovery, which revolutionized medical diagnostics and treatment.
  9. On November 8, 2000, Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote during the United States presidential election against George W. Bush. However, the election became infamous due to the close vote count in Florida, and ultimately Bush won the presidency following a Supreme Court decision.
  10. November 8, 1793, marks the opening of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. The museum, now one of the most visited in the world, was opened during the French Revolution by the National Assembly.
  11. The Bram Stoker Awards, named in honor of the Irish author of "Dracula," have been presented on November 8 since 1987. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in horror fiction and dark fantasy.
  12. The publication of the first issue of the satirical magazine "Punch" took place on November 8, 1841. The British weekly magazine became known for its satirical humor, political commentary, and illustrations.
  13. Michelangelo's painting "The Last Judgement" in the Sistine Chapel was unveiled to the public for the first time on November 8, 1541. The masterpiece covers the altar wall and is considered one of the greatest works of art of all time.
  14. In a landmark decision on November 8, 1960, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the birth control pill for contraceptive use, revolutionizing women's reproductive rights and health.
  15. On November 8, 1980, the song "Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The song, written by Barry and Robin Gibb, is one of Streisand's most successful singles.
  16. New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote in national elections on November 8, 1893. The decision was a milestone in the global women's suffrage movement.
  17. The Montreux Jazz Festival, the second-largest annual jazz festival in the world, was founded on November 8, 1967. The festival, held in Switzerland, takes place each summer and attracts top international talent.
  18. On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States, defeating Hilary Clinton in a shocking upset victory.
  19. November 8, 1965, marked the release of the album "Rubber Soul" by the Beatles in the United States. The album was met with critical acclaim and is often considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
  20. In a milestone for the LGBTQ+ rights movement, Kate Brown became the first openly bisexual governor in the United States when she was elected to lead Oregon on November 8, 2016.
  21. On November 8, 1966, Edward W. Brooke was elected as the first African American US Senator since the Reconstruction Era, representing the state of Massachusetts.
  22. Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 transmitted the first-ever photographs of the far side of the moon on November 8, 1959. The groundbreaking images fueled both scientific discoveries and the public's fascination with space exploration.
  23. The first episode of the iconic Australian television program "Neighbours" aired on November 8, 1985. The soap opera, which follows the lives of residents in a fictional suburb, has become a launching pad for many successful Australian actors.
  24. American comedian, actress, and television host Wanda Sykes was born on November 8, 1964. Sykes has gained widespread success and recognition for her work in television, film, and stand-up comedy.
  25. On November 8, 1900, Margaret Mitchell, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Gone With the Wind," was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
  26. Albert Camus, the French-Algerian writer, philosopher, and journalist who won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born on November 8, 1913.
  27. The first live broadcast of an opera, "The Old Maid and the Thief" composed by Gian Carlo Menotti, took place on NBC radio on November 8, 1939.
  28. Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" was recovered on November 8, 1994. The artwork had been stolen from the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway, earlier that year.
  29. November 8, 1966, marks the abolition of Melbourne's infamous "six o'clock swill." The Australian city ended its controversial law requiring bars and pubs to close at 6:00 PM, a policy implemented during World War I.
  30. On November 8, 1983, the Microsoft Corporation released its first version of the Windows operating system, Windows 1.0. The software, developed by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, quickly became a dominant player in the burgeoning personal computer market.
  31. Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami, known for her works "The Moor's Account" and "The Other Americans," was born on November 8, 1968.
  32. The animated television show "Steven Universe" created by Rebecca Sugar debuted on Cartoon Network on November 8, 2013. The groundbreaking series has been praised for its storytelling, animation, and representation of LGBTQ+ characters.
  33. Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premiered on November 8, 1823, at La Fenice in Venice, Italy. The opera, which tells the story of the ancient Babylonian queen Semiramide, was one of Rossini's last Italian operas.
  34. On November 8, 1991, the European Union's Council of Ministers reached an agreement to permanently electronically connect their national databases, paving the way for easier cooperation in law enforcement.