What happened this day in history July 8

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

July 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 8 is the 190th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 176 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 25, 2024 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,673,280 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 ‘hectaenneacontagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 205 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 4,217 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 8 Historical Events

  • 1663
    Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.
  • 1758
    French forces hold Fort Carillon against the British at Ticonderoga, New York.
  • 1775
    The Olive Branch Petition is signed by the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies.
  • 1808
    Joseph Bonaparte approves the Bayonne Statute, a royal charter intended as the basis for his rule as king of Spain.
  • 1859
    King Charles XV & IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway.
  • 1876
    White supremacists kill five Black Republicans in Hamburg, SC.
  • 1879
    Sailing ship USS Jeannette (1878) departs San Francisco carrying an ill-fated expedition to the North Pole.
  • 1912
    Henrique Mitchell de Paiva Couceiro leads an unsuccessful royalist attack against the Portuguese First Republic in Chaves.
  • 1960
    Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.
  • 1970
    Richard Nixon delivers a special congressional message enunciating Native American Self-Determination as official US Indian policy, leading to the Indian Self-Determination Act.

Who were born on July 8?

  • 1766
    Dominique Jean Larrey, French surgeon (d. 1842)
  • 1819
    Francis Leopold McClintock, British naval officer and explorer (d. 1907)
  • 1839
    John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist (d. 1937)
  • 1928
    Mladen Kerstner, Croatian journalist, author and humorist (d. 1991)
  • 1948
    Raffi, Egyptian born Canadian children’s entertainer
  • 1955
    Alison Fraser, American actress
  • 1965
    Lee Tergesen, American actor
  • 1975
    Elias Viljanen, Finnish guitarist (Sonata Arctica)
  • 1988
    Jesse Sergent, New Zealand cyclist
  • 1992
    Benjamin Grosvenor, British pianist

Who died on July 8?

  • 1822
    Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet (b. 1792)
  • 1898
    Soapy Smith, American con artist and gangster (b. 1860)
  • 1913
    Louis Hémon, French-born Canadian writer (b. 1880)
  • 1950
    Othmar Spann, Austrian philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1973
    Ben-Zion Dinur, Russian-born Israeli educator, historian and politician (b. 1884)
  • 1973
    Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (b. 1877)
  • 1994
    Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-born American entrepreneur and explorer (b. 1927)
  • 2001
    John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Ward Kimball, American animator (b. 1914)
  • 2004
    Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)

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