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

  • 1663
    Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.
  • 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.
  • 1758
    French forces hold Fort Carillon against the British at Ticonderoga, New York.
  • 1808
    Joseph Bonaparte approves the Bayonne Statute, a royal charter intended as the basis for his rule as king of Spain.
  • 1892
    St. John’s, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
  • 1937
    Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan sign the Treaty of Saadabad.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1621
    Jean de la Fontaine, French writer (d. 1695)
  • 1831
    John Stith Pemberton, American druggist and inventor of Coca-Cola (d. 1888)
  • 1851
    Arthur Evans, English archaeologist (d. 1941)
  • 1882
    Percy Grainger, Australian composer (d. 1961)
  • 1934
    Ed Lumley, Canadian corporate executive and politician
  • 1955
    Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress (d. 2008)
  • 1959
    Robert Knepper, American actor
  • 1962
    Joan Osborne, American singer and songwriter
  • 1963
    Mark Christopher, American film director
  • 1982
    Sophia Bush, American actress

Who died on July 8?

  • 1538
    Diego de Almagro, Spanish explorer (b. 1475)
  • 1930
    Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1856)
  • 1961
    Konstantinos Logothetopoulos, Greek medical doctor and politician, the 2nd Prime Minister of the collaborationist Hellenic State (b. 1878)
  • 1962
    Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • 1973
    Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (b. 1877)
  • 1986
    Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • 1994
    Dick Sargent, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2004
    Jean Lefebvre, French actor (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    June Allyson, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2011
    Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)

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