Events in History on July 8

  • 939 The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi
  • 1099 First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
  • 1283 War of the Sicilian Vespers: Battle of Malta

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1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage - becomes first European to reach India by sea

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
  • 1579 Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, was discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan.

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1663 King Charles II of England grants a charter to Rhode Island

  • 1672 William III is appointed stadholder by the States General in the Netherlands
  • 1680 The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • 1693 NYC authorizes 1st police uniforms in American colonies
  • 1709 Battle of Poltava; Russians defeat Swedes, end of Swedish empire as a major power
  • 1716 Great Northern War: Battle of Dynekilen, a Danish-Norwegian force under Peter Tordenskjold trapped and defeated a similar Swedish force
  • 1758 British & Colonial assault on French forces at Ticonderoga, NY
  • 1776 Col John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citizens in Philadelphia
  • 1777 Vermont introduces new constitution making it 1st US state to abolish slavery
  • 1778 George Washington headquarters at West Point for his Continental Army
  • 1792 France declares war on Prussia
  • 1796 US State Department issues 1st US passport
  • 1797 1st US senator (William Blount of Tennessee) expelled by impeachment
  • 1800 Dr Benjamin Waterhouse gives 1st cowpox vaccination in the US to his son to prevent smallpox
  • 1805 American Bill Richmond knocks out Jack Holmes, Kilburn Wells, England
  • 1816 Frost in Waltham, Massachusetts during "year without a summer"
  • 1822 Chippewas turn over huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom.
  • 1833 Russia & Turkey sign defense treaty
  • 1835 Liberty Bell cracks (again)

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1836 Charles Darwin reaches Saint Helena in HMS Beagle

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1838 Arabs attack Jewish community of Safed
  • 1849 St Paul's Place in the Bronx named

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1853 Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay, opening Japan to Western influence and trade

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • 1859 King Charles XV/Carl IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway.
  • 1861 Confederate General Sibley is given command of rebel troops in New Mexico territory
  • 1861 Skirmish at Florida, MI - A rebel encampment is attacked & dispersed
  • 1862 Theodore R Timby is granted a US patent for discharging guns in a revolving turret, using electricity.
  • 1864 The Shinsengumi sabotage the Choshu-han shishi's planned attack on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya. This event is known as Ikedaya Jiken.
  • 1870 US Congress authorizes registration of trademarks
  • 1870 Governor Holden of North Carolina declares Casswell County to be in a state of insurrection
  • 1874 The Mounties (North West Mounted Police) begin their March West from Fort Dufferin
  • 1876 White terrorists attack Black Republicans in Hamburg SC, killing 5
  • 1889 John L Sullivan KOs Jake Kilrain in 75 rounds (last bare-knuckle bout)
  • 1889 Wall Street Journal begins publishing
  • 1891 61°F, highest temp for July 1891, in Baltimore & Phila
  • 1892 American Psychological Association organized, Worcester, Mass
  • 1892 St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
  • 1895 Delagoa Bay Railway opens in South Africa

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1896 William Jennings Bryan's "cross of gold" speech at Democratic convention in Chicago

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan

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1896 Charles Tupper resigns as Prime Minister of Canada after losing the June 23rd election, his 69-day term the shortest in Canadian history

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper
  • 1898 US battle fleet under Admiral Dewey occupies Isla Grande at Manila
  • 1898 The shooting death of crime boss Soapy Smith releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip.
  • 1905 Part of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay allocated for Immigration Detention Center
  • 1905 The soldiers of the Russian battleship "Potemkin" who mutinied, surrender to Rumanian authorities, who turn ship over to Russian authorities soon after
  • 1907 Florenz Ziegfeld staged 1st `Follies' on NY Theater roof
  • 1908 Uprisings spread throughout Turkey
  • 1911 Nan Aspinwall is 1st woman to make solo transcont trip by horse
  • 1912 G E V Crutchley (Oxford) 99 retired measles v Cambridge
  • 1912 Giants Rube Marquard loses after winning 21 straight

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1915 The Germans reply to US President Woodrow Wilson's second Lusitania note by saying that Americans may sail on clearly marked neutral ships, but Germany does not deal with Wilson's other demands

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1919 US President Woodrow Wilson returns to NYC from Versailles Peace Conference
  • 1923 Harding becomes 1st sitting president to visit Alaska (Metlakahtla)
  • 1923 Walter Mittelholzer flies Junkers F-13 to Spitsbergen/Oostland
  • 1932 Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22
  • 1932 Herbert Sutcliffe scores his 100th 100, Yorkshire v Gloucs
  • 1933 Public Works Administration becomes effective
  • 1941 All Jews living in Baltic States are obligated to wear a Jewish Star
  • 1943 4th day of battle at Kursk: Gen Model uses last tank reserve
  • 1943 British air raid sinks U-232
  • 1943 Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging (Dutch National Socialist Movement) leader Anton Mussert meets with Heinrich Himmler
  • 1943 US invasion fleet passes Bizerta Tunisia
  • 1944 British troops march into Caen, Normandy
  • 1944 Japanese kamikaze attacks on US lines at Saipan
  • 1947 Demolition begins for UN HQ in NYC
  • 1947 Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico
  • 1948 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow
  • 1949 The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, Act No 55 prohibiting marriage or a sexual relationship between White people and people of other race groups is passed in South Africa
  • 1950 33.4 cm rain fall at York, Nebraska (state record)

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1950 Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1950 Leroy Deans awarded first Order of Purple Heart in Korea
  • 1951 Yankee Joe DiMaggio & manager Casey Stengel feud
  • 1953 US stops aid to Persia
  • 1954 Military junta selects colonel Armas president of Guatemala
  • 1956 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1957 Irish premier Eamon de Valera arrests Sinn Fein leaders
  • 1960 Fidel Castro ends Havana's Intl League team, Sugar Kings move to NJ
  • 1961 Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
  • 1961 Portuguese steamer "Save" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die
  • 1963 Reports of Charlie Finley's intention to move KC A's to Oakland
  • 1963 US bans all monetary transactions with Cuba
  • 1965 Joe Morgan is 1st Houston player with 6 hits in a game
  • 1966 US airline strike (until Aug 19th)
  • 1966 King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi.
  • 1967 Helen Weston of Detroit rolls a record 4,585 in 24 games
  • 1968 Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal
  • 1969 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam
  • 1969 IBM CICS is made generally available for the 360 mainframe computer.
  • 1971 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1971 During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; as a result, riots erupted in the city and the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraws from Stormont in protest
  • 1972 US sells grain to USSR for $750 million
  • 1974 USSR performs underground nuclear test

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1975 Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin visits West-Germany

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin

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1975 US President Gerald Ford announced he'll seek Republican presidential nomination

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1975 Quake damages over 2,000 temples in Pagan Burma, 20-foot-high seated Buddha of Thandawgya decapitated
  • 1976 Randy Jones wins NL record 16 games before All Star break
  • 1978 Alessandro Pertini elected President of Italy
  • 1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus
  • 1979 Congo adopts constitution
  • 1979 Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles
  • 1979 Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)
  • 1981 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981 PM Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France
  • 1981 Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)
  • 1982 Billy Martin records his 1,000th career win as a manager
  • 1982 Porn star John Homes convicted of receiving stolen property
  • 1982 Senegalese Trotskyist political party LCT is legally recognized.
  • 1986 Farthest thrown object-an "Aerobie" flying ring, 383 m (1,257')
  • 1986 NASA establishes Safety, Reliability Maintain & Quality Assurance
  • 1986 Zimbabwe beats Netherlands by 25 runs to win ICC Trophy
  • 1987 Kitty Dukakis, revealed addiction to amphetamines for 26 years
  • 1988 Indians' Bud Black sets club record for most batters hit in inning (3)
  • 1988 Miami Arena, opens in Miami, Florida
  • 1989 Carlos Saul Menum becomes President of Argentina
  • 1989 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1990 12:34:56 on 7/8/90 (1234567890)
  • 1992 Thomas Klestil installed as president of Austria
  • 1992 Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe creates the office of High Commissioner on National Minorities.
  • 1994 Sonia O'Sullivan runs female 2K world record (5:25.36)
  • 1994 Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches
  • 1994 St Maarten "Godfather" Claude Wathey sentenced to 1½ years
  • 1997 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join
  • 1999 Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.

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1999 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" the 3rd book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • 2000 "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published in the UK (Bloomsbury) and the US (Scholastic)
  • 2003 Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 116 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a two-year-old boy who subsequently dies as a result of his injuries.
  • 2011 Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.
  • 2012 Roadside car bomb kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province
  • 2012 Tens of thousands protest over election corruption in Mexico City after Enrique Pe
  • 2013 42 people have been killed and hundreds injured after the Egyptian army raids a sit in protest in Cairo
  • 2013 A dozen people are killed and injured after a hotel collapses in Hyderabad, India

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2014 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu instructs his defence forces to "take their gloves off" against Hamas and to take any means necessary to "restore peace" to Israeli citizens

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • 2015 The New York Stock Exchange stops trading for nearly four hours due to a technical error