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#TodayInHistory: First Set Of Octuplets In The United States – The Chukwu Octuplets Born!


A look at the highlights this day December 8;

1998 – Nkem Chukwu (then 27) and Iyke Louis Udobi (41)’s first of eight babies was born. The other seven were delivered 12 days later. The Chukwu octuplets were the first set of octuplets born in the United States. The six girls and two boys were born on this day 8 December 1998 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas. Their parents were both Nigerian-born American citizens. The octuplets were conceived with the aid of fertility medication. The first born, Ebuka, was delivered on this day December 8, 15 weeks premature. The remainder were born by Caesarean section on December 20, 13 weeks premature. The smallest of the octuplets, Odera, a girl died on December 27, a week after birth.

In 2001, however, Nkem Chukwu delivered a daughter named Favour-of-God, this time without the help of fertility medication
The children celebrated their 10th birthday in Houston on December 20, 2008, in the company of volunteers who helped in their early years.


2007 – Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough (34) weds longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida.

1980 – John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40.

John Lennon

The killer said he had low esteem and thought the fame would bring the desired ego boost he needed. Speaking he said;

Mark David Chapman is seen in this handout photo taken May 15, 2012 from the New York State Department of Corrections and released to Reuters August 23, 2012. Chapman has been denied parole for the 7th time for the killing of ex-Beatle John Lennon in 1980. REUTERS/NYS Department of Corrections/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

“I really have no excuses except to say that it was the attention that I thought I needed,” he said. “It was a solution, a horrible solution, but it was a solution and I made a very bad decision to end an innocent man’s life based on utter selfishness.”

“There was nothing. I was obsessed on one thing and that was shooting him so that I could be a somebody.”


That’s it on Today In History.

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