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Notable Historical Events for December 8th

1961Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78

1987Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal

1966A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith

1874Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie Kansas

1914Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC

19934th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win

1955Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award

1987US President Reagan & Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

1994Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges

1949"On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

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Notable Birthdays on December 8th

1982Nicki Minaj, Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidadian-born American rapper and singer (Super Bass, Starships)

1953Sam Kinison, Yakima, Washington, screaming comedian and actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover)

1943Jim Morrison, American poet, singer (The Doors) (d. 1971)

1542Mary Stuart, Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Queen of Scotland (1560-1587), (d. 1587)

1765Eli Whitney, Westborough Massachusetts, inventor (Cotton Gin)

1886Diego Rivera, [Lenin of Mexico], Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, painter/wife of Frida Kahlo (En el Arsenal ), (d. 1957)

1962Steve Elkington, Inverell New South Wales, Australian golfer (1995 PGA Championship)

65 BCHorace, Venusia, Lucania, Roman Republian poet (Odes), (d. 8 BC)

December 8th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 8th

1950NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch

1872Religious leader Brigham Young (71) weds his fifty-fifth wife Hannah Tapfield in Salt Lake City, Utah

December 8th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on December 8th

1980John Lennon, shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

1942Albert Kahn, architect of Detroit, dies at 73

December 8th Deaths
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