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

  • 1497
    Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.
  • 1663
    Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1822
    Chippewas turn over a huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom.
  • 1874
    The Mounties begin their March West.
  • 1889
    The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published.
  • 1892
    St. John’s, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
  • 1948
    The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF).
  • 1966
    King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi.
  • 1982
    Assassination attempt against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Dujail.
  • 1994
    Kim Jong-il begins to assume supreme leadership of North Korea upon the death of his father, Kim Il-sung.

Who were born on July 8?

  • 1867
    Käthe Kollwitz, German painter, printmaker and sculptor (d. 1945)
  • 1906
    Philip Johnson, American architect (d. 2005)
  • 1928
    Mladen Kerstner, Croatian journalist, author and humorist (d. 1991)
  • 1934
    Marty Feldman, English comedian and actor (d. 1982)
  • 1968
    Akio Suyama, Japanese seiyu
  • 1968
    Billy Crudup, American actor
  • 1970
    Beck, American singer
  • 1971
    John Juanda, Indonesian poker player
  • 1971
    Neil Jenkins, Welsh rugby player
  • 2001
    Yang Peiyi, Chinese singer

Who died on July 8?

  • 1623
    Pope Gregory XV (b. 1554)
  • 1913
    Louis Hémon, French-born Canadian writer (b. 1880)
  • 1933
    Anthony Hope, British author (b. 1863)
  • 1941
    Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (b. 1874)
  • 1961
    Konstantinos Logothetopoulos, Greek medical doctor and politician, the 2nd Prime Minister of the collaborationist Hellenic State (b. 1878)
  • 1967
    Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani political figure (b. 1893)
  • 1979
    Robert Burns Woodward, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1987
    Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (b. 1903)
  • 1994
    Christian-Jaque, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1904)
  • 2006
    Peter Hawkins, British actor and voice actor (b. 1924)

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