The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, usually referred to as the Church of the Nativity, is a Catholic church located at 1259 Upper Serangoon Road. Opened in 1853 to cater to the Teochew Catholic community comprising mainly farmers living in the Serangoon and Punggol areas, it now serves a multi-racial community primarily in the Hougang housing estate. The church was blessed and opened by Bishop Fée on 8 December 1901, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.



The first air raid on Singapore happened during WWII. On Monday, 8 December 1941, at about 4:00 am, the first bombs were dropped on Singapore, killing 61 people and injuring more than 700. In the evening, Admiral Phillips sailed the H. M. S. Prince of Wales from Singapore to execute a surprise attack on Japanese ships sighted in the Gulf of Siam. However, the fleet departed without any fighter aircraft protection. She was sank by the Japanese in the South China Sea on 10 Decemeber 1941.



By 8 December 1974, Cecil Street became a one-way street to help ease traffic congestion.


A riot broke out in Little India on 8 December 2013 after a fatal accident between a private bus and a foreign worker. Some 300 rioters were involved, 62 were injured, while 29 vehicles were damaged. The riot was later quelled and the perpetrators were caught and charged. Increased police presence and alcohol restrictions were implemented.