What Happened on July 8, 2021

Historical Events

Historic Event

A tiny Leonardo da Vinci sketch "Head of a Bear", the size of a post-it sells for £8.9 million ($12.2 m) at auction in London [1]

  • Global known death toll from COVID-19 passes 4 million (equal to all deaths in battle since 1982) [1]
  • Japan says the Olympics will be held without spectators as Tokyo announces state of emergency due to a surge in COVID-19
  • MLB Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarena gets his first hit, in his second career at bat - a grand slam - against Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer, in San Diego

Historic Event

US President Joe Biden says US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31, despite increased Taliban gains across the country

  • Zaila Avant-garde, American student, age 14, from Harvey, Louisiana, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee title

Famous Deaths

  • Sam Reed, American jazz and session saxophonist, and musical director (Uptown Theater (Philadelphia); Teddy Pendergrass), dies at 85
2021 Highlights

About July 8, 2021

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 1 year, 6 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Alpha
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer

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