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

  • 1099
    First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
  • 1716
    Great Northern War: the naval Battle of Dynekilen takes place.
  • 1775
    The Olive Branch Petition is signed by the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies.
  • 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.
  • 1864
    Ikedaya Jiken: the Choshu Han shishi’s planned Shinsengumi sabotage on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya.
  • 1874
    The Mounties begin their March West.
  • 1898
    The death of crime boss Soapy Smith (who is shot) releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip.
  • 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?

  • 1760
    Christian Kramp, French mathematician (d. 1826)
  • 1908
    Nelson A. Rockefeller, 41st Vice President of the United States (d. 1979)
  • 1919
    Walter Scheel, German politician
  • 1952
    Marianne Williamson, American spiritual activist and founder of the Peace Alliance
  • 1960
    Mal Meninga, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1961
    Andrew Fletcher, English vocalist and synth and bass player (Depeche Mode)
  • 1979
    Mat McBriar, American football player
  • 1982
    Hakim Warrick, American basketball player
  • 1988
    Jesse Sergent, New Zealand cyclist
  • 1992
    Benjamin Grosvenor, British pianist

Who died on July 8?

  • 1153
    Pope Eugene III (b. c. 1087)
  • 1898
    Soapy Smith, American con artist and gangster (b. 1860)
  • 1933
    Anthony Hope, British author (b. 1863)
  • 1934
    Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer (b. 1848)
  • 1939
    Havelock Ellis, British physician (b. 1859)
  • 1979
    Robert Burns Woodward, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1990
    Howard Duff, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1994
    Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-born American entrepreneur and explorer (b. 1927)
  • 2001
    John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • 2011
    Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)

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