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

  • 1497
    Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
  • 1960
    Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.
  • 1982
    Assassination attempt against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Dujail.

Who were born on July 8?

  • 1948
    Raffi, Egyptian born Canadian children’s entertainer
  • 1949
    Frank Delima, American comedian
  • 1949
    Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Indian politician, the 14th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (d. 2009)
  • 1962
    Joan Osborne, American singer and songwriter
  • 1963
    Mark Christopher, American film director
  • 1966
    Mike Nawrocki, American voice actor
  • 1968
    Billy Crudup, American actor
  • 1968
    Thom Fitzgerald, American-Canadian film director
  • 1974
    Zhanna Friske, Russian actress and singer
  • 2001
    Yang Peiyi, Chinese singer

Who died on July 8?

  • 1623
    Pope Gregory XV (b. 1554)
  • 1689
    Edward Wooster, English-born Connecticut pioneer (b. 1622)
  • 1716
    Robert South, English churchman (b. 1634)
  • 1822
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet (b. 1792)
  • 1826
    Luther Martin, American statesman (b. 1748)
  • 1939
    Havelock Ellis, British physician (b. 1859)
  • 1988
    Ray Barbuti, American middle distance runner and football player (b. 1905)
  • 1991
    James Franciscus, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 1994
    Dick Sargent, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2004
    Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)

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