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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 176 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 25, 2015 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 398,976 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 215 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 929 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.
  • 1663
    Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1716
    Great Northern War: the naval Battle of Dynekilen takes place.
  • 1758
    French forces hold Fort Carillon against the British at Ticonderoga, New York.
  • 1760
    French and Indian War: Battle of Restigouche – British forces defeat French forces in last naval battle in New France.
  • 1775
    The Olive Branch Petition is signed by the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies.
  • 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.
  • 1907
    Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first Follies on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.
  • 1932
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22.

Who were born on July 8?

  • 1830
    Frederick William Seward, 6th and 11th United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1915)
  • 1836
    Joseph Chamberlain, British politician (d. 1914)
  • 1895
    Igor Tamm, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1935
    Vitali Sevastyanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1945
    Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss politician
  • 1949
    Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Shane Howarth, New Zealand rugby player (also capped by Wales)
  • 1976
    David Kennedy, American guitarist (Angels & Airwaves)
  • 1992
    Sky Ferreira, American singer
  • 2001
    Yang Peiyi, Chinese singer

Who died on July 8?

  • 1721
    Elihu Yale, American benefactor of Yale University (b. 1649)
  • 1859
    King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway (b. 1799)
  • 1917
    Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)
  • 1930
    Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1856)
  • 1941
    Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (b. 1874)
  • 1979
    Michael Wilding, English actor (b. 1912)
  • 1994
    Christian-Jaque, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1904)
  • 2005
    Luther Vandross, American singer-songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 2011
    Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)
  • 2011
    Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (b. 1924)

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