1813 – The Treaty of Ried was signed between Bayern and Austria on the 8th October 1813.
1860 – Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opened on the 8th October 1960.
1877 – Hans Heysen the German-Austrian painter was born on the 8th October 1877 (died 1968).
1904 – Edmonton, Alberta was incorporated as a city on the 8th October 1904.
1904 – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan was incorporated as a city on the 8th October 1904.
1967 – Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men were captured in Bolivia on the 8th October 1967.
1939 – Paul Hogan the Australian actor was born on the 8th October 1939.
1943 – Chevy Chase the American comedian and actor was born on the 8th October 1943.
1943 – R. L. Stine the American author, screenwriter, and producer was born on the 8th October 1943.
1948 – Johnny Ramone the American guitarist and songwriter from The Ramones was born on the 8th October 1948 (d. 2004).
1970 – Matt Damon the American actor, screenwriter, and producer was born on the 8th October 1970.
1978 – Ken Warby the Australian motorboat racer set the current world water speed record of 317.60mph (511.13 kilometres per hour) at Blowering Dam in Australia on the 8th October 1978.
1982 – Cats opened on Broadway on the 8th October 1982, and ran for almost 18 years before closing on the 10th September 2000.
1985 ~ Bruno Mars the American singer-songwriter and record producer was born Peter Hernandez on the 8th October 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
2001 – George W. Bush the U.S. President announced the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security on the 8th October 2001.
2005 – 2005 Kashmir earthquake: 1000s of people were killed by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on the 8th October 2005.
Today in History for October 8th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…