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

  • 1283
    War of the Sicilian Vespers: the naval Battle of Malta between the Aragonese and the Neapolitan fleets is fought.
  • 1497
    Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.
  • 1663
    Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1709
    Great Northern War: Battle of Poltava – Peter I of Russia defeats Charles XII of Sweden at Poltava thus effectively ending Sweden’s role as a major power in Europe.
  • 1716
    Great Northern War: the naval Battle of Dynekilen takes place.
  • 1879
    Sailing ship USS Jeannette (1878) departs San Francisco carrying an ill-fated expedition to the North Pole.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    Assassination attempt against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Dujail.
  • 2011
    Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

Who were born on July 8?

  • 1830
    Frederick William Seward, 6th and 11th United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1915)
  • 1935
    Steve Lawrence, American entertainer and singer
  • 1949
    Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1955
    Monty Don, TV presenter, gardener
  • 1959
    Robert Knepper, American actor
  • 1964
    Alexei Gusarov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Shane Howarth, New Zealand rugby player (also capped by Wales)
  • 1972
    Shōsuke Tanihara, Japanese actor
  • 1976
    Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer
  • 1978
    Eve Myles, Welsh actress

Who died on July 8?

  • 1716
    Robert South, English churchman (b. 1634)
  • 1721
    Elihu Yale, American benefactor of Yale University (b. 1649)
  • 1726
    John Ker, Scottish spy (b. 1673)
  • 1850
    Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (b. 1774)
  • 1962
    Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • 1994
    Christian-Jaque, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1904)
  • 2001
    John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Jean Lefebvre, French actor (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    June Allyson, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2011
    Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (b. 1924)

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