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

  • 1579
    Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, is discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan.
  • 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.
  • 1859
    King Charles XV & IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway.
  • 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.
  • 1912
    Henrique Mitchell de Paiva Couceiro leads an unsuccessful royalist attack against the Portuguese First Republic in Chaves.
  • 1932
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22.
  • 1966
    King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi.
  • 1988
    The Island Express train travelling from Bangalore to Kanyakumari derails on the Peruman bridge and falls into Ashtamudi Lake, killing 105 passengers and injuring over 200 more.

Who were born on July 8?

  • 1593
    Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian painter (d. 1653)
  • 1839
    John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist (d. 1937)
  • 1941
    Dario Gradi, Italian-born English football manager
  • 1951
    Alan Ashby, American baseball player
  • 1957
    Carlos Cavazo, Mexican-born American guitarist (Quiet Riot, Ratt)
  • 1958
    Tzipi Livni, Israeli politician
  • 1964
    Linda de Mol, Dutch actress and host
  • 1977
    Milo Ventimiglia, American actor
  • 1977
    Wang Zhizhi, Chinese basketball player
  • 1979
    André, Armenian singer

Who died on July 8?

  • 1538
    Diego de Almagro, Spanish explorer (b. 1475)
  • 1716
    Robert South, English churchman (b. 1634)
  • 1721
    Elihu Yale, American benefactor of Yale University (b. 1649)
  • 1850
    Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (b. 1774)
  • 1855
    Sir William Edward Parry, English Arctic explorer (b. 1790)
  • 1930
    Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1856)
  • 1957
    Grace Coolidge, First Lady of the United States (b. 1879)
  • 1994
    Dick Sargent, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2004
    Jean Lefebvre, French actor (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Luther Vandross, American singer-songwriter (b. 1951)

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