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, 461,088 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 ‘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

  • 1585
    John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage.
  • 1786
    Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 1793
    The insurrection of Lyon occurs during the French Revolution.
  • 1918
    World War I: the Battle of Amiens begins a string of almost continuous victories with a push through the German front lines (Hundred Days Offensive).
  • 1929
    The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.
  • 1942
    Quit India Movement is launched in India against the British rule in response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call for swaraj or complete independence.
  • 1963
    Great Train Robbery: in England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal 2.6 million pounds in bank notes.
  • 1980
    The Central Hotel Fire occurs in Bundoran, Ireland.
  • 1989
    Space Shuttle program: STS-28 Mission – Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.
  • 1991
    The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.

Who were born on August 8?

  • 1875
    Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (d. 1955)
  • 1908
    Arthur Goldberg, U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1990)
  • 1929
    Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (d. 2004)
  • 1944
    Uli Derickson, TWA Flight 847 survivor
  • 1947
    Ken Dryden, Canadian ice hockey player and parliamentarian
  • 1949
    Keith Carradine, American actor
  • 1978
    Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • 1983
    Guy Burnet, British actor
  • 1984
    Kirk Broadfoot, Scottish footballer
  • 1986
    Chris Pressley, American football player

Who died on August 8?

  • 1555
    Oronce Finé, French mathematician (b. 1494)
  • 1759
    Carl Heinrich Graun, German composer (b. 1704)
  • 1879
    Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher (b. 1797)
  • 1887
    Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier (b. 1808)
  • 1944
    Chaim Soutine, Russian painter (b. 1894)
  • 1944
    Erwin von Witzleben, German field marshal (b. 1881)
  • 1961
    Mei Lanfang, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
  • 1977
    Edgar Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian, British electrophysiologist; Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1889)
  • 1984
    Ellen Raskin, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Gene Mauch, American baseball player (b. 1925)

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