8 November It Happened Today
1656 Birth of English astronomer Edmond Halley, best known for identifying the comet named after him.
1674 Death of the poet John Milton.
1900 Birth of Margaret Mitchell, the American author of Gone with the Wind.
1932 Franklin D Roosevelt wins landslide victory against sitting president Herbert Hoover.
1966 Edward Brooke, former Massachusetts Attorney General becomes the first black US Senator.
1974 Disappearance of ‘Lucky’ Lord Lucan from the family home in Belgravia, London. He is wanted for questioning regarding the murder of the family nanny.
1988 George Bush Snr comfortably wins US presidential election for Republican party against the Democrat candidate Michael Dukakis.