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.
  • 1775
    The Olive Branch Petition is signed by the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies.
  • 1864
    Ikedaya Jiken: the Choshu Han shishi’s planned Shinsengumi sabotage on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya.
  • 1876
    White supremacists kill five Black Republicans in Hamburg, SC.
  • 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.
  • 1937
    Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan sign the Treaty of Saadabad.
  • 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.
  • 1994
    Kim Jong-il begins to assume supreme leadership of North Korea upon the death of his father, Kim Il-sung.
  • 2011
    Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

Who were born on July 8?

  • 1838
    Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German inventor (d. 1917)
  • 1906
    Philip Johnson, American architect (d. 2005)
  • 1914
    Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (d. 1993)
  • 1934
    Marty Feldman, English comedian and actor (d. 1982)
  • 1969
    Sugizo Japanese guitarist and singer (Luna Sea)
  • 1971
    John Juanda, Indonesian poker player
  • 1973
    Sourav Ganguly, Indian cricketer
  • 1978
    Rachael Lillis, American actress
  • 1982
    Sophia Bush, American actress
  • 1988
    Dave Taylor, Australian rugby league player

Who died on July 8?

  • 975
    Edgar the Peaceful, King of England (b. 943)
  • 1822
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet (b. 1792)
  • 1887
    Ben Holladay, American businessman and founder of the Overland Stagecoach Company (b. 1819)
  • 1898
    Soapy Smith, American con artist and gangster (b. 1860)
  • 1930
    Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1856)
  • 1950
    Othmar Spann, Austrian philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1962
    Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • 1971
    Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1920)
  • 1973
    Ben-Zion Dinur, Russian-born Israeli educator, historian and politician (b. 1884)
  • 1979
    Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)

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