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 190th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 176 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 25, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,465,600 minutes 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 ‘hectaenneacontagon’ 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 204 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 1,295 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 8 Historical Events

  • 1099
    First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
  • 1283
    War of the Sicilian Vespers: the naval Battle of Malta between the Aragonese and the Neapolitan fleets is fought.
  • 1579
    Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, is discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan.
  • 1663
    Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1716
    Great Northern War: the naval Battle of Dynekilen takes place.
  • 1879
    Sailing ship USS Jeannette (1878) departs San Francisco carrying an ill-fated expedition to the North Pole.
  • 1892
    St. John’s, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
  • 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.
  • 1988
    The Island Express train travelling from Bangalore to Kanyakumari derails on the Peruman bridge and falls into Ashtamudi Lake, killing 105 passengers and injuring over 200 more.

Who were born on July 8?

  • 1830
    Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg, German-born wife of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia (d. 1911)
  • 1839
    John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist (d. 1937)
  • 1927
    Maurice Hayes, Irish politician
  • 1928
    Mladen Kerstner, Croatian journalist, author and humorist (d. 1991)
  • 1955
    Monty Don, TV presenter, gardener
  • 1960
    Mal Meninga, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1962
    Carmen Nicole Moelders American atmospheric scientist
  • 1971
    Amanda Peterson, American actress
  • 1973
    Sourav Ganguly, Indian cricketer
  • 1978
    Eve Myles, Welsh actress

Who died on July 8?

  • 901
    Grimbald, Benedectine monk and Saint (b. 827)
  • 1689
    Edward Wooster, English-born Connecticut pioneer (b. 1622)
  • 1784
    Torbern Bergman, Swedish chemist (b. 1735)
  • 1822
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet (b. 1792)
  • 1855
    Sir William Edward Parry, English Arctic explorer (b. 1790)
  • 1979
    Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1986
    Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • 1988
    Ray Barbuti, American middle distance runner and football player (b. 1905)
  • 1994
    Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-born American entrepreneur and explorer (b. 1927)
  • 2011
    Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)

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