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 221st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 145 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 26, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,596,844,800 seconds 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 ‘dihectaicosahenagon’ 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 188 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 2,787 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 8 Historical Events

  • 1503
    King James IV of Scotland marries Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England at Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 1793
    The insurrection of Lyon occurs during the French Revolution.
  • 1794
    Joseph Whidbey leads an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska.
  • 1876
    Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
  • 1942
    Quit India Movement is launched in India against the British rule in response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call for swaraj or complete independence.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Soviet Union declares war on Japan and begins the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation.
  • 1963
    Great Train Robbery: in England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal 2.6 million pounds in bank notes.
  • 1990
    Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq. This would lead to the Gulf War shortly afterward.
  • 1991
    The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
  • 2011
    London Riot 2011. This took place between 6th August 2011 and 10th August 2011. between the 6th and 7th a peaceful march in Tottenham, London was followed by rioting and looting, first in Tottenham.

Who were born on August 8?

  • 1790
    Ferenc Kölcsey, Hungarian poet and politician (d. 1838)
  • 1807
    Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (d. 1892)
  • 1898
    Alexis Minotis, Greek actor (d. 1990)
  • 1930
    Jerry Tarkanian, American basketball coach
  • 1964
    Eddie Trunk, American radio show host and author
  • 1969
    Yvie Burnett, British television vocal coach
  • 1979
    Rashard Lewis, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Craig Breslow, American baseball player
  • 1980
    Pat Noonan, American soccer player
  • 1995
    Malin Reitan, Norwegian singer

Who died on August 8?

  • 1604
    Horio Tadauji, Japanese warlord (b. 1578)
  • 1887
    Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier (b. 1808)
  • 1898
    Eugène Boudin, French painter (b. 1824)
  • 1940
    Johnny Dodds, American musician (b. 1892)
  • 1979
    Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • 1988
    Félix Leclerc, Quebec singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1991
    Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • 1995
    John Adams, American football player (b. 1937)
  • 2007
    Ma Lik, Chinese politician (b. 1952)
  • 2009
    Daniel Jarque, Spanish footballer (b. 1983)

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