On This Day

What Happened on July 8, 1889

Historical Events

Boxing Title Fight

John L. Sullivan successfully defends last officially sanctioned, bare-knuckle world heavyweight prizefighting championship; Jake Kilrain's trainer throws in towel after 75 x 1-minute rounds near Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Heavyweight Boxing Champion John L. Sullivan
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
John L. Sullivan
  • Wall Street Journal begins publishing
  • Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw wins his 7th Wimbledon singles title; beats twin brother Ernest Renshaw 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0

Famous Birthdays

  • Eugene Pallette, American actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Mark of Zorro), born in Winfield, Kansas (d. 1954)
1889 Highlights

About July 8, 1889

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 132 years, 3 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer