What are the important events that happened on July 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 8 is the 189th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 176 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 25, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 416,520 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaoctacontaenneagon’ day.

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Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 226 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,660 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 8 Historical Events

  • 1709
    Great Northern War: Battle of Poltava – Peter I of Russia defeats Charles XII of Sweden at Poltava thus effectively ending Sweden’s role as a major power in Europe.
  • 1808
    Joseph Bonaparte approves the Bayonne Statute, a royal charter intended as the basis for his rule as king of Spain.
  • 1859
    King Charles XV & IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway.
  • 1874
    The Mounties begin their March West.
  • 1879
    Sailing ship USS Jeannette (1878) departs San Francisco carrying an ill-fated expedition to the North Pole.
  • 1896
    William Jennings Bryan delivers his Cross of Gold speech advocating bimetalism at the 1896 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1932
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22.
  • 1948
    The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF).
  • 1960
    Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.
  • 1970
    Richard Nixon delivers a special congressional message enunciating Native American Self-Determination as official US Indian policy, leading to the Indian Self-Determination Act.

Who were born on July 8?

  • 1760
    Christian Kramp, French mathematician (d. 1826)
  • 1927
    Maurice Hayes, Irish politician
  • 1940
    Ben Chapman, English politician and civil servant
  • 1947
    Kim Darby, American actress
  • 1961
    Andrew Fletcher, English vocalist and synth and bass player (Depeche Mode)
  • 1964
    Linda de Mol, Dutch actress and host
  • 1976
    David Kennedy, American guitarist (Angels & Airwaves)
  • 1978
    Rachael Lillis, American actress
  • 1988
    Jesse Sergent, New Zealand cyclist
  • 2001
    Yang Peiyi, Chinese singer

Who died on July 8?

  • 901
    Grimbald, Benedectine monk and Saint (b. 827)
  • 1822
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet (b. 1792)
  • 1941
    Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (b. 1874)
  • 1950
    Othmar Spann, Austrian philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1956
    Giovanni Papini, Italian essayist (b. 1881)
  • 1967
    Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani political figure (b. 1893)
  • 1979
    Michael Wilding, English actor (b. 1912)
  • 2001
    John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2011
    Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)

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