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

  • 1874
    The Mounties begin their March West.
  • 1879
    Sailing ship USS Jeannette (1878) departs San Francisco carrying an ill-fated expedition to the North Pole.
  • 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.
  • 1937
    Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan sign the Treaty of Saadabad.
  • 1947
    Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
  • 1962
    Ne Win besieges and dynamites the Rangoon University Student Union building to crash the Student Movement.
  • 1982
    Assassination attempt against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Dujail.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1882
    Percy Grainger, Australian composer (d. 1961)
  • 1906
    Philip Johnson, American architect (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish industrialist (Lego Group) (d. 1995)
  • 1942
    Janice Pennington, American game show model
  • 1949
    Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1959
    Robert Knepper, American actor
  • 1966
    Mike Nawrocki, American voice actor
  • 1980
    Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
  • 1982
    Hakim Warrick, American basketball player
  • 1988
    Dave Taylor, Australian rugby league player

Who died on July 8?

  • 901
    Grimbald, Benedectine monk and Saint (b. 827)
  • 1726
    John Ker, Scottish spy (b. 1673)
  • 1855
    Sir William Edward Parry, English Arctic explorer (b. 1790)
  • 1939
    Havelock Ellis, British physician (b. 1859)
  • 1961
    Konstantinos Logothetopoulos, Greek medical doctor and politician, the 2nd Prime Minister of the collaborationist Hellenic State (b. 1878)
  • 1971
    Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1920)
  • 1979
    Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1988
    Ray Barbuti, American middle distance runner and football player (b. 1905)
  • 1994
    Kim Il-sung, North Korean leader (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Jean Lefebvre, French actor (b. 1922)

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