- Robert Catesby, Gunpowder Plot organizer, died on November 8, 1603, shot during a fight with the Sheriff of Worcester at Holbeche House on the border of Staffordshire. His head was displayed outside Parliament.
- The Battle of the White Mountain was fought and won by Catholic forces against Frederick, the Protestant King of Bohemia on November 8, 1620--in about two hours.
- Prince Charles Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie, invaded England on November 8, 1745 after defeating the government's army at Prestonpans. While heading back to Scotland in April 1746, his army was met by the Duke of Cumberland's at the Battle of Culloden and the Young Pretender lost that fight.
Sit transit gloria mundi.