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, 24,991,200 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 1760
    French and Indian War: Battle of Restigouche – British forces defeat French forces in last naval battle in New France.
  • 1859
    King Charles XV & IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway.
  • 1874
    The Mounties begin their March West.
  • 1876
    White supremacists kill five Black Republicans in Hamburg, SC.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1839
    John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist (d. 1937)
  • 1904
    Henri Cartan, French mathematician (d. 2008)
  • 1906
    Philip Johnson, American architect (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish industrialist (Lego Group) (d. 1995)
  • 1966
    Shadlog Bernicke, Nauruan politician
  • 1968
    Michael Weatherly, American actor
  • 1976
    Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer
  • 1978
    Eve Myles, Welsh actress
  • 1988
    Jesse Sergent, New Zealand cyclist
  • 1992
    Sky Ferreira, American singer

Who died on July 8?

  • 1850
    Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (b. 1774)
  • 1855
    Sir William Edward Parry, English Arctic explorer (b. 1790)
  • 1950
    Othmar Spann, Austrian philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 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)
  • 1987
    Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (b. 1903)
  • 1994
    Kim Il-sung, North Korean leader (b. 1912)
  • 1994
    Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-born American entrepreneur and explorer (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Peter Hawkins, British actor and voice actor (b. 1924)
  • 2011
    Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (b. 1924)

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