On This Day

What Happened on July 8, 2011

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program

Famous Deaths

Person of interestBetty Ford

Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic, dies at 93

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)
  • Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), dies of a stroke at 87