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Today in History: October 8th

October 8th


~ Births:

1890: Philippe Thys –

Born in Belgium, Philippe Thys was a Belgian cyclist.  He won the Tour de France, placing first, three times in the years 1913, 1914 and 1920.

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   He died in January 1971 at age 81.


~ Deaths:

– 1970: Mitr Chaibancha – 

Born into poverty on January 28, 1934 in Phetchaburi, Thailand, Mitr Chaibancha became a successful Thai film actor for 14 years.

“Of the 75 to 100 films that were produced each year by the Thai film industry, Mitr starred in nearly half of them.”

Unfortunately, on October 8th, 1970, Mitr Chaibancha fell out of a helicopter while filming a stunt for the final scenes of Insee tong.  He died, because of the fall, at the young age of 36.


~ Events:

– 1967: Che Guevara is captured in Bolivia –

Guerrilla leader, Che Guevara, was encircled by 1,800 soldiers of the Bolivian Special Forces, was wounded and taken prisoner.

After his capture, Che was tied up and taken to a schoolhouse in a nearby village.  One of the Bolivian soldiers, Jaime Nino de Guzman, recalls that Che was looking “dreadful” with his right calf shot, his hair matted with dirt and his clothes shredded.  Guzman recounts that despite Che’s appearance, “Che held his head high, looked everyone straight in the eyes and asked only for something to smoke”.

The day after his capture, on October 9th, 1967, Che Guevara was executed.  He died at the young age of 39.


~ Holidays:

Croatia‘s Independence Day –

Celebrated on October 8th, Croatia celebrates the official separation from Yugoslavia, which occurred in 1991.


*Note: The pictures were taken from Google Images.  Click on the links to find out more info and to see my sources.*


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