On This Day

What Happened on July 8, 1898

Historical Events

  • Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Red Donahue no-hits Boston Beaneaters, 5-0 at the Baker Bowl
  • The shooting death of crime boss Soapy Smith releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip

Battle of Interest

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


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)
1898 Highlights

About July 8, 1898

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 123 years, 4 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer