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Today is 04 17 2 017 as of posting this puzzle in my current time.

What happened on the date I am thinking of?

YQTNFYCTKK

  1. FOGLQENMILAGTSLJA - 1st
  2. BCIXDHEELQJUFQWDENIZ - 8th
  3. LSRCODAIJWNPFXEAD - 5th
  4. OCLEKARENZWBTPEACFUMOJZNKU - 7th
  5. YNVNKKSCWDWYZLFADVAAQRVEHJLRVL - 3rd
  6. WZCTHOFIMMLOITV - 1st
  7. CSIXDJYZVDWRVDSKLRVL - 5th
  8. IIJDRHIEQNWZCD - 7th
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Basically, all the work work was already done by Sconibulus and kayzeroshort so, go and up vote their answers.

The answer is -

On May 14 2014(05-14-2014) Puzzling Stack Exchange was established according to its first post and first meta post

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Top word is

Rot-2 WorldWarII

Decoding the rest...

Vigenere: WorldWarII as key
1: JapanInvadesChina
2: FormalEndingOfTheWar
3: PearlHarborBombed
4: SouthernFranceBecomesVichy
5: CzechoslovakiaCedesSudetenland
6: AlliesFreeParis
7: GermanyInvadesPoland
8: MussoliniFalls

We probably need to do something with the numbers on the right...

grabbing the nth letter of the decoded phrases, and decoding again yields NZugBear, which seems almost plausible, but I don't think it's right.

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Continuing from Sconibulus' cipher...

I think the numbers correspond to

the nth digit in the MMDDYYYY date of the listed events:
JapanInvadesChina - (1) - 07071937
FormalEndingOfTheWar - (8) - 09021945
PearlHarborBombed - (5) - 12071941
SouthernFranceBecomesVichy - (7) - 07101940
CzechoslovakiaCedesSudetenland - (3) - 04241938
AlliesFreeParis - (1) - 08251944
GermanyInvadesPoland - (5) - 09011939
MussoliniFalls - (7) - 07251943

This gives

05142014

What happened on this date?

A lot of stuff, but nothing that jumps out as the right answer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events/2014_May_14
The only connection to WWII is the 56th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel.

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  • $\begingroup$ You're right there, good work on the dates, but the one I am looking for is specific - and not related to WWII $\endgroup$ – n_plum Apr 17 '17 at 21:30

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