What happened this day in history August 8

What are the important events that happened on August 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 8 is the 220th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 145 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 26, 2022 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,665,280 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 ‘dihectaicosagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 167 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 3,517 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 8 Historical Events

  • 1786
    Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 1870
    The Republic of Ploieşti, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.
  • 1908
    Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.
  • 1940
    The “Aufbau Ost” directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.
  • 1960
    South Kasai secedes from the Congo.
  • 1967
    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • 2000
    Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor and 30 years after its discovery by undersea explorer E. Lee Spence and 5 years after being filmed by a dive team funded by novelist Clive Cussler.
  • 2007
    An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.
  • 2008
    2008 Summer Olympics took place from the 8th August 2008-24th August 2008. The official opening ceremony started at 8:00pm on 8th August 2008. The number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in Chinese Culture and here it was a triple eight for the date and one extra for time (close to 08:08:08 pm). There were 28 sports and 302 events at the games. There were 43 new world records and 132 new Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. An unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal during the Games.
  • 2010
    2010 China floods: A mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, kills more than 1,400 people.

Who were born on August 8?

  • 1694
    Francis Hutcheson, Irish philosopher (d. 1746)
  • 1720
    Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (d. 1796)
  • 1902
    Paul Dirac, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)
  • 1910
    Sylvia Sidney, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1922
    Károly Reich, Hungarian illustrator (d. 1988)
  • 1952
    Doug Melvin, Canadian Major League Baseball executive
  • 1966
    John Hudek, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Andrea de Rossi, Italian rugby player and coach
  • 1976
    Drew Lachey, American singer
  • 1978
    Alan Maybury, Irish footballer

Who died on August 8?

  • 869
    Lothair II of Lotharingia (b. 825)
  • 1553
    Girolamo Fracastoro, Italian physician (b. 1478)
  • 1719
    Christoph Ludwig Agricola, German painter (b. 1667)
  • 1944
    Erwin von Witzleben, German field marshal (b. 1881)
  • 1944
    Michael Wittmann, German WWII tank commander (b. 1914)
  • 1985
    Louise Brooks, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 1991
    James Irwin, astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 2004
    Dimitris Papamichael, Greek actor (b. 1934)
  • 2005
    Dean Rockwell, American wrestling and football coach (b. 1912)
  • 2007
    Melville Shavelson, American film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)

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