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Notable Historical Events for October 8th

1964Ringo Starr takes & passes his driving test

2003Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon win the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes

1971John Lennon releases his megahit "Imagine"

1953Birmingham Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

1973NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

1980After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital

1769Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)

2001U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

1480Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia, which resulted in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and eventual disintegration of the Horde.

2012John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka win the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work on reprogramming end stage cells to become pluripotent

October 8th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on October 8th

1948Johnny Ramone [Cummings], Long Island, New York, American rock guitarist (Ramones)

1949Sigourney Weaver [Susan Alexandra], LA, actress (Alien, Working Girl)

1943R. L. Stine, Columbus, Ohio, children's book writer (Goosebumps)

1970Matt Damon, Cambridge, Massachusetts, American actor (Good Will Hunting, Ocean's trilogy, Bourne trilogy)

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Notable Weddings on October 8th

1934South Korean President Syngman Rhee (59) weds Francesca Donner (34)

1824Salt Lake City founder Brigham Young (23) weds first wife Miriam Angeline Works (18) in Port Byron, New York

October 8th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on October 8th

1869Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, dies at 64

2011Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

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