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, 1,467,936,000 seconds 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

  • 1283
    War of the Sicilian Vespers: the naval Battle of Malta between the Aragonese and the Neapolitan fleets is fought.
  • 1497
    Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.
  • 1579
    Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, is discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan.
  • 1716
    Great Northern War: the naval Battle of Dynekilen takes place.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
  • 1948
    The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF).
  • 1982
    Assassination attempt against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Dujail.
  • 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?

  • 1766
    Dominique Jean Larrey, French surgeon (d. 1842)
  • 1792
    Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Queen of Bavaria (d. 1854)
  • 1931
    Roone Arledge, American sports broadcaster (d. 2002)
  • 1949
    Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Indian politician, the 14th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (d. 2009)
  • 1958
    Andreas Carlgren, Swedish politician
  • 1961
    Andrew Fletcher, English vocalist and synth and bass player (Depeche Mode)
  • 1969
    Sugizo Japanese guitarist and singer (Luna Sea)
  • 1974
    Tami Erin, American actress and model
  • 1986
    Renata Costa (Kóki), Brazilian footballer
  • 1988
    Dave Taylor, Australian rugby league player

Who died on July 8?

  • 1822
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet (b. 1792)
  • 1826
    Luther Martin, American statesman (b. 1748)
  • 1855
    Sir William Edward Parry, English Arctic explorer (b. 1790)
  • 1859
    King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway (b. 1799)
  • 1917
    Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)
  • 1967
    Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani political figure (b. 1893)
  • 1987
    Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (b. 1903)
  • 2002
    Ward Kimball, American animator (b. 1914)
  • 2004
    Jean Lefebvre, French actor (b. 1922)
  • 2011
    Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)

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