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 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 145 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 26, 2023 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,190,880 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.

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 186 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 3,882 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 8 Historical Events

  • 1588
    Anglo-Spanish War: Battle of Gravelines – The naval engagement ends, ending the Spanish Armada’s attempt to invade England.
  • 1647
    The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungans Hill – English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces.
  • 1786
    Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • 1990
    Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq. This would lead to the Gulf War shortly afterward.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1839
    Nelson Miles, American general (d. 1925)
  • 1922
    Rudi Gernreich, Austrian-born fashion designer (d. 1985)
  • 1926
    Richard Anderson, American actor
  • 1956
    Cecilia Roth, Argentine actress
  • 1963
    Jon Turteltaub, American director
  • 1972
    Joely Collins, Canadian actress
  • 1979
    Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • 1980
    Michael Urie, American actor and director
  • 1980
    Sabine Klaschka, German tennis player
  • 1981
    Bradley McIntosh, British pop singer

Who died on August 8?

  • 869
    Lothair II of Lotharingia (b. 825)
  • 1445
    Oswald von Wolkenstein, Austrian composer
  • 1902
    James Tissot, French artist (b. 1836)
  • 1971
    Freddie Spencer Chapman, British army officer (b. 1907)
  • 1984
    Ellen Raskin, American author (b. 1928)
  • 1987
    Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Grand Ayatollah Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei, Iranian religious figure (b. 1899)
  • 1995
    John Adams, American football player (b. 1937)
  • 1998
    Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • 2010
    Patricia Neal, American actress (b. 1926)

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