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DE­CEM­BER 8

1542: Mary, Queen of Scots, was born at Lin­lith­gow Palace.

1733: A Dorset man re­ported see­ing a pol­ished sil­ver disc in the sky - the first known sight­ing of an Uniden­ti­fied Fly­ing Ob­ject, or UFO.

1854: Pope Pius IX set­tled an an­cient con­tro­versy by declar­ing Christ’s mother, the Vir­gin Mary, was pre­served from all sin from the mo­ment she was con­ceived.

1859: Thomas de Quincey, es­say­ist and opium ad­dict, died in Scot­land.

1864: The Clifton Sus­pen­sion Bridge over the River Avon at Bris­tol, de­signed by Brunel, was opened.

1894: James Thurber, Amer­i­can hu­morist and cre­ator of Wal­ter Mitty, was born in Colum­bus, Ohio.

1941: Bri­tain and the US de­clared war on Ja­pan.

1980: John Len­non, above, was shot dead in New York by Mark David Chap­man.

1991: Lead­ers of the three re­publics - Rus­sia, Belorus­sia and Ukraine - formed a “com­mon­wealth of in­de­pen­dent states” and pro­nounced the Soviet Union dead.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A YouTube prankster freed by a fire crew af­ter us­ing Poly­filla to ‘ce­ment’ his head in­side a mi­crowave was warned against risk­ing his life for ‘other peo­ple’s en­ter­tain­ment’. BIRTH­DAYS: James Gal­way, flautist, above, 79; Sir Ge­off Hurst, for­mer foot­baller, 77; Kim Basinger, ac­tress, 65; Teri Hatcher, ac­tress, 54; David Hare­wood, ac­tor, 53; Sinead O’Con­nor, singer, 52; Do­minic Mon­aghan, ac­tor, 42; Nicki Mi­naj, singer, 36.

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