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, 407,760 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 ‘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.
  • 1808
    Joseph Bonaparte approves the Bayonne Statute, a royal charter intended as the basis for his rule as king of Spain.
  • 1822
    Chippewas turn over a huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1593
    Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian painter (d. 1653)
  • 1766
    Dominique Jean Larrey, French surgeon (d. 1842)
  • 1878
    Jimmy Quinn, Scottish footballer (d. 1945)
  • 1917
    Faye Emerson, American actress (d. 1983)
  • 1933
    Antonio Lamer, French Canadian lawyer and chief justice (d. 2007)
  • 1949
    Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef
  • 1951
    Alan Ashby, American baseball player
  • 1951
    Anjelica Huston, American actress
  • 1966
    Shadlog Bernicke, Nauruan politician
  • 1968
    Billy Crudup, American actor

Who died on July 8?

  • 1623
    Pope Gregory XV (b. 1554)
  • 1898
    Soapy Smith, American con artist and gangster (b. 1860)
  • 1939
    Havelock Ellis, British physician (b. 1859)
  • 1957
    Grace Coolidge, First Lady of the United States (b. 1879)
  • 1962
    Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • 1971
    Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1920)
  • 1986
    Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • 1988
    Ray Barbuti, American middle distance runner and football player (b. 1905)
  • 1990
    Howard Duff, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2008
    John Templeton, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1912)

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