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.
  • 1758
    French forces hold Fort Carillon against the British at Ticonderoga, New York.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1898
    Melville Ruick, American actor (d. 1972)
  • 1904
    Henri Cartan, French mathematician (d. 2008)
  • 1906
    Philip Johnson, American architect (d. 2005)
  • 1917
    Faye Emerson, American actress (d. 1983)
  • 1947
    Luis Fernando Figari, Peruvian founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • 1949
    Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Indian politician, the 14th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (d. 2009)
  • 1952
    Marianne Williamson, American spiritual activist and founder of the Peace Alliance
  • 1960
    Mal Meninga, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1967
    Jordan Chan, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1969
    Sugizo Japanese guitarist and singer (Luna Sea)

Who died on July 8?

  • 1721
    Elihu Yale, American benefactor of Yale University (b. 1649)
  • 1855
    Sir William Edward Parry, English Arctic explorer (b. 1790)
  • 1939
    Havelock Ellis, British physician (b. 1859)
  • 1957
    Grace Coolidge, First Lady of the United States (b. 1879)
  • 1971
    Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1920)
  • 1994
    Kim Il-sung, North Korean leader (b. 1912)
  • 2001
    John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Jean Lefebvre, French actor (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Peter Hawkins, British actor and voice actor (b. 1924)
  • 2011
    Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)

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