Born on this Day 8th December
1542 Mary Queen of Scots
1925 Sammy Davis Jnr
1943 Jim Morrison
1930 Maximilian Schell
1936 David Carradine
1939 Jennie Linden
1941 Sir Geoff Hurst
1953 Kim Basinger
1964 Teri Hatcher
1966 Sinead O’Connor
1978 John Oster
1986 Amir Khan
1989 Jen Ledger
1994 Raheem Sterling
1995 Jordon Ibe
1956 11 year old Brenda Lee released her first single in the UK. ‘I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus’.
1961 The Beach Boys debut single ‘Surfin” was released in the US.
1978 The Police reached the top of the charts with ‘Walking On The Moon’.
1980 Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon in front of The Dakota apartment building.
1984 ‘The Power Of Love’ gave Frankie Goes To Hollywood their 3rd successive No.1 single.
1989 The Band Aid fund-raising single ‘Do They Know Its Christmas’ was rerecorded with a new selection of stars including Bros, Kylie, Wet Wet Wet.
1991 India secured a 107-run victory over Australia in the Benson and Hedges world cricket series in Perth.
People & Showbiz
1936 The first televised complete ballet was Walton’s ‘Facade’ with Margot Fonteyn and Robert Helpmann.
1988 Scientists at Liverpool University announced they had etched an image of Marilyn Monroe onto an area smaller than a pinhead using a new and revolutionary ultra powerful electron microscope.
1997 Radio and television presenter Chris Evans took control of Virgin Radio from Richard Branson in an £80 million deal.
1841 Prince Albert Edward, later Edward VII, became Prince of Wales.
1864 Clifton Suspension Bridge over the River Avon was opened.
1941 In response to the attack on Pearl Harbour, the US, Britain and Australia declared war on Japan.
1981 Arthur Scargill was elected leader of the National Union of Mineworkers.
1991 The leaders of Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine announced the formation of a commonwealth of independent states, bringing to an end the Soviet Union