Holidays Calendar for November 8, 2017

Days of History and Memory in Kyrgyzstan are celebrated on November 7 and 8 every year. They are a public holiday that was inaugurated in 2017 instead of October Revolution Day.

Magal de Touba is an annual grand pilgrimage to the city of Touba in Senegal. This religious festival became one of the most important in Senegal and millions of people come to Touba to commemorate the exile of Ahmadou Bamba to Gabon.


Victory Day is an Azerbaijani public holiday that has been observed annually since 2021. It is celebrated on November 8 to commemorate the decisive battle of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War, widely called the “Patriotic War” in Azerbaijan.

Intersex Day of Remembrance, also known as Intersex Solidarity Day, is an international awareness day that aims to draw attention to the issues faced by members of the intersex community. It is observed on November 8, marking the birth anniversary of Herculine Barbin.

World Urbanism Day, also known as World Town Planning Day, is celebrated on November 8. The main goal of the observance is to recognize and promote the role of thorough planning in creating livable communities.

International Day of Radiology is an annual celebration that was introduced in 2012 by the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, and the European Society of Radiology. It is held on November 8. The event aims at raising awareness of the benefits of medical imaging that incorporates radiology.

World Day Without Wi-Fi (Día Mundial sin Wifi) is an international awareness day observed on November 8. Its main goal is to raise public awareness about the possible health risks of the wireless connection.

World Radiography Day is an international professional holiday of all radiographers. It is celebrated on November 8, coinciding with International Day of Radiology, to commemorate the anniversary of the discovery of X-rays in 1895.

Statistician's Day is an official professional holiday in the Republic of Kazakhstan celebrated on November 8. It commemorates the establishment of the first statistical agency in Kazakhstan in 1920.

Journalists' Day in the People's Republic of China is celebrated on November 8. The holiday was officially inaugurated by the government of China in 1999, the first celebration was held in 2000.

Day of Baku Metro Employees is celebrated in Azerbaijan on November 8. It was established by President Ilham Aliyev in 2006 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the opening of Baku Metro.

Pianist Day, sometimes referred to as World Pianist Day, is an unofficial holiday celebrated annually on November 8. Although it isn’t observed worldwide quite yet, more and more countries join the celebration every year.

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions in Kyrgyzstan is celebrated on November 8. This remembrance day was inaugurated in 2008 by the country's parliament to honor those who were executed during Stalin's Great Purge.

National Aboriginal Veterans Day is a Canadian memorial day observed on November 8 every year. It is dedicated to the contributions of indigenous Canadians to military service.

Micronesia is a federated republic that consists of four states – Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap. In addition to the federal constitution, which is the country’s supreme law, each state has its own constitution that regulates its self-government. The state of Pohnpei celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the state constitution on November 8.

National Cappuccino Day is celebrated on November 8. Cappuccino is an Italian espresso-based coffee beverage that has become popular in many countries.

National Harvey Wallbanger Day celebrates a once very popular cocktail that is essentially a screwdriver with a twist. It is observed annually on November 8.

Aliyah Day (Yom HaAliyah) is an official holiday in Israel celebrated on 10 Nisan and observed in schools on 7 Cheshvan. It celebrates the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the Land of Israel.


National STEM/STEAM Day is observed on November 8 every year. It was created to encourage children to explore and pursue their interests in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.


This Day in History

  • 2020 Died: Alex Trebek, Canadian-American television personality and game show host best know for hosting the quiz game show Jeopardy! from 1984 until his death.
  • 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, struck the Philippines. The storm caused the deaths of at least 6,340 people, over 1,000 missing and $2.86 billion damage.
  • 2011 The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed about 201,700 mi or 324,600 km (0.85 lunar distance) from Earth. This was the closest approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 1976.
  • 2009 Died: Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist and astrophysicist. In 2003 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids.
  • 2007 Died: Chad Varah, British priest. In 1953 he founded The Samaritans, the world's first crisis hotline telephone support for those contemplating suicide.
  • 1998 Died: Jean Marais, French actor and director. He was a very famous actor in France and Europe, at the peak of his career he starred in the Fantômas trilogy.
  • 1998 Died: Rumer Godden, English author of more than 60 fiction and nonfiction books. Hew most famous books include An Episode of Sparrows, In This House of Brede, The Doll's House etc.
  • 1994 Died: Michael O'Donoghue, American writer and performer, known for his dark and destructive style of comedy. He was the first head writer of Saturday Night Live and appeared in its first opening sketch.
  • 1987 A Provisional IRA bomb exploded in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland during a ceremony honoring people who had died in wars involving British forces. 12 people were killed and 63 wounded.
  • 1977 Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovered the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina, Greece.
  • 1975 Born: Tara Reid, American actress and model best known for her roles as Vicky in the American Pie film series, April Wexler in the Sharknado film series, and Bunny Lebowski in The Big Lebowski.
  • 1970 Died: Napoleon Hill, American self-help author and conman. His book Think and Grow Rich is one of the best-selling self-help books of all time, but many modern historians consider him a fraud.
  • 1968 36 nations signed the Convention on Road Traffic in Vienna, facilitating international road traffic. The Convention increased road safety by standardizing the uniform traffic rules among signatories.
  • 1967 Born: Courtney Thorne-Smith, American actress best known for her starring roles on television: as Alison Parker on Melrose Place, Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal, and Cheryl Mabel on According to Jim.
  • 1966 Born: Gordon Ramsay, Scottish-born chef and restaurateur. He is known for presenting programs about competitive cookery and food, including Hell's Kitchen, The F Word, and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
  • 1965 The United Kingdom abolished the death penalty.
  • 1957 The United Kingdom conducted its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1954 Born: Kazuo Ishiguro, Japanese-born British novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and musician. He was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. Ishiguro works in different genres, including science fiction and historical fiction.
  • 1953 Died: Ivan Bunin, Russian writer known for his novels The Village and Dry Valley. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for following through and developing with chastity and artfulness the traditions of Russian classic prose.
  • 1946 Born: Guus Hiddink, Dutch football manager and former player. He is considered to be one of the the most experienced and prominent football managers of his generation.
  • 1939 Adolf Hitler narrowly escaped the assassination attempt of George Elser while celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch.
  • 1935 Born: Alain Delon, French actor and businessman. He rose to prominence at 23 and during his long-lasting career he starred in many successful films, including Purple Moon, Rocco and His Brothers, The Yellow Rolls Royce etc.
  • 1934 Died: Carlos Chagas, Brazilian physician, scientist and bacteriologist. He discovered Chagas disease and provided its full description.
  • 1923 Born: Jack Kilby, American engineer. He is known for his work on the implementation of the first integrated circuit. This work brought him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000.
  • 1922 Born: Christiaan Barnard, South American surgeon. He performed the world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant.
  • 1900 Born: Margaret Mitchell, American author and journalist, famous for her novel Gone with the Wind that won her the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  • 1895 Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the X-ray while experimenting with electricity.
  • 1884 Born: Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, famous for developing a projective test known as the Rorschach inkblot test.
  • 1866 Born: Herbert Austin, 1st Baron Austin, English businessman and automobile designer. He founded The Austin Motor Company Limited in 1905, which merged with Morris Motors Limited in 1952 to form British Motor Corporation Limited.
  • 1847 Born: Bram Stoker, Irish author. During his lifetime he was known as a personal assistant of actor Henry Irving, but today he is famous for his Gothic novel Dracula.
  • 1674 Died: John Milton, English poet and philosopher, most famous for his epic poem Paradise Lost, written in blank verse.
  • 1656 Born: Edmond Halley, English astronomer and mathematician, famous for his work on computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley's Comet.
  • 1644 The Shunzhi Emperor was enthroned in Beijing after the collapse of the Ming dynasty. He became the first Qing emperor to rule over China. His dynasty ruled China till 1912.
  • 1605 Died: Robert Catesby, English conspirator, the leader of the Gunpowder Plot. Catesby's attempt to assassinate King James I of England and VI of Scotland failed, and he was killed by Richard Walsh, Sheriff of Worcester.