What Happened on July 8

Historical Events

  • 1099 First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
  • 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage - becomes first European to reach India by sea
  • 1777 Vermont introduces new constitution making it 1st US state to abolish slavery
  • 1800 Dr Benjamin Waterhouse gives 1st cowpox vaccination in the US to his son to prevent smallpox
  • 1853 Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay, opening Japan to Western influence and trade
  • 1948 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow
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Did You Know?

The Mounties (North West Mounted Police) begin their March West from Fort Dufferin

On July 8, 1874

Famous Weddings

  • 1290 Princess Margaret (15), daughter of Edward I of England marries John II of Brabant at Westminster Abbey
  • 1551 Willem of Orange weds countess Anna van Egmond & Buren
  • 1830 Magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (24) weds Josèphe Cecile
  • 1835 Mathematician Ada Lovelace [Ada Byron] (19) weds Earl of Lovelace, William King (30)
  • 1891 Future US President Warren G. Harding (25) weds publisher Florence DeWolfe (30) in Marion, Ohio
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