On this day
X-rays were discovered!
In 1895, Wilhelm Röntgen, a physicist from Germany, famously produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in wavelengths. Today, they are known as X-rays – and we rely on them to recover from broken bones and to find out more about internal problems that would otherwise be tricky to diagnose and treat!
The Earl of Lucan disappeared.
In 1974, the Earl of Lucan in Britain disappeared and was never seen again. His nanny was found murdered in London shortly before he disappeared. He’s famously referred to as “Lord Lucan” and remained at the heart of some of the wildest conspiracy theories to circulate across the UK for decades,
Iraq was forced to disarm.
In 2002, the Iraq disarmament crisis took place. The UN Security Council, under Resolution 1441, approved the resolution on Iraq that forced Saddam Hussein to disarm. Hussein would later be executed following the US’ publicized “War On Terror” following 9/11 and rising fear surrounding terrorism.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf became president.
In 2005, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf officially became president of Liberia. She was the first woman ever to be elected president in an African country – another great achievement for womankind on November 8th!
Special Days Falling on November 8thOne of the things that makes November 8th so interesting is the incredible events that take place around the world today! Here are some holidays and special occasions unfolding across the globe that might just interest you.
International Day of Radiology
Every November 8th, people honor the day x-rays were discovered with the International Day of Radiology. Radiology plays a vital role that helps saving and helping millions of people every year in healthcare. Every year, to honor the creation of radiology, a new theme is chosen to focus on specific radiology specialties, so check out today’s theme to learn more!
World Pianist Day
Every November 8th is also World Pianist Day. The day is, of course, dedicated to pianists of the world, their achievements, and their contributions to music. Few instruments are as revered as the piano, and let’s face it, it deserves the attention it gets! But, today is also about celebrating the lesser-known pianists of the world – and to honor those who are able to tinkle the ivories and create some fantastic music.