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8th October - A Day in the life of India

Learn about the importance of 8th October in the history of India. Significant historical events, famous, birthdays and death anniversaries on this day October 8. If you have a birthday today, you are sharing your birthday with Bollywood legend Raaj Kumar Sir. 

8th October in the history of India

  • Billiards player Pankaj Advani won the 25th Gold medal in World Billiard Championship. Advani won 5 Gold Medals in a row in the current edition of the Billiards Championship.
  • 2022 - IAF celebrates Air Force Day on its 90th Anniversary on October 8th 2022.
  • 2019 - Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh to receive the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) first Rafale Jet from France on 8th October 2019
  • India's 18-year-old Shafali Verma has broken the world record for being the fastest batter to reach 1,000 runs in T20I cricket. She achieved the feat during India's women's Asia Cup 2022 match on 8th October 2022. Shafali got 1,000 runs aged 18 years and 253 days, This record was earlier held by Jemimah Rodrigues aged 21 years and 32 days.

Famous birthdays on 8th October

  • 1924 - Thirunalloor Karunakaran, Indian poet and scholar (d. 2006)
  • 1926 - Raaj Kumar, born Kulbhushan Pandit, was an Indian film actor. He worked as a sub-inspector of the Mumbai Police in the late 1940s before he turned to act in the 1952 Hindi film "Rangeeli". Raaj Kumar got popular for his films like Tirangaa, Saudagar, and Mother india. From his screen debut in Rangili in 1952 to his last film God & Gun in 1995, he played memorable characters in 60-odd films.
  • 1930 - Alasdair Milne, Indian-English director and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1983 - Abhishek Nayar, Indian cricketer

Death anniversaries on October 8

  • 1936 – Premchand, Indian author and screenwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1979 – Jayaprakash Narayan, Indian politician (b. 1902)
  • 2012 – Varsha Bhosle, Indian singer and journalist (b. 1956)
  • 2012 – Nawal Kishore Sharma, Indian politician, 20th Governor of Gujarat (b. 1925)

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