On This Day

What Happened on July 8, 1898

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Phillies' Red Donahue no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • The shooting death of crime boss Soapy Smith releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip

BattleBattle of Interest

US battle fleet under Admiral George Dewey occupies Isla Grande at Manila

Admiral George Dewey
George Dewey

Famous Birthdays

  • Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun); brother of Evelyn, born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • Melville Ruick, American actor (Sun Valley Serenade, City Hospital), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1972)

Famous Deaths

  • Soapy Smith, American con artist (b. 1860)