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, 443,568 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 ‘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

  • 1576
    The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven.
  • 1786
    Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 1794
    Joseph Whidbey leads an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska.
  • 1844
    The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, headed by Brigham Young, is reaffirmed as the leading body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
  • 1863
    American Civil War: following his defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis (which is refused upon receipt).
  • 1963
    Great Train Robbery: in England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal 2.6 million pounds in bank notes.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1720
    Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (d. 1796)
  • 1926
    Richard Anderson, American actor
  • 1948
    Svetlana Savitskaya, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1949
    Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • 1951
    Phil Carlson, Australian cricketer
  • 1967
    Marcelo Balboa, American soccer player
  • 1976
    Drew Lachey, American singer
  • 1977
    Lindsay Sloane, American actress
  • 1977
    Nicolas Vogondy, French cyclist
  • 1989
    Hannah Miley, British swimmer

Who died on August 8?

  • 1555
    Oronce Finé, French mathematician (b. 1494)
  • 1759
    Carl Heinrich Graun, German composer (b. 1704)
  • 1909
    Mary MacKillop, Australian Roman Catholic nun (b. 1842)
  • 1933
    Adolf Loos, Austrian architect (b. 1870)
  • 1988
    Alan Napier, English actor (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Grand Ayatollah Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei, Iranian religious figure (b. 1899)
  • 2007
    Ma Lik, Chinese politician (b. 1952)
  • 2007
    Melville Shavelson, American film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 2009
    Daniel Jarque, Spanish footballer (b. 1983)
  • 2010
    Patricia Neal, American actress (b. 1926)

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