What Happened on August 8

Significant Events

  • 1509 Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire in Southern India
  • 1609 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope
  • 1786 US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the money unit for the United States
  • 1925 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (between 25,000 and 40,000 marchers) in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
  • 1974 US President Richard Nixon announces he will resign at 12pm the next day
  • 1988 Ceasefire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
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August 8 in Film & TV

  • 1939 7th Venice Film Festival opens with a United States boycott due to Benito Mussolini's Fascist Italian regime

August 8 in Music

  • 1992 Metallica band member James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

August 8 in Sport

  • 1900 1st Davis Cup tennis competition, named after Dwight Filley Davis, began at Longwood Cricket Club in Mass, & won by US 2 days later

Did You Know?

Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced

On August 8, 1988

Would You Believe?

Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes

On August 8, 1898

Famous Weddings

  • 1502 Jacobus IV of Scotland marries Margaretha Tudor
  • 1778 Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (34) weds Marie Anne Rosalie Delaporte
  • 1810 Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib marries Maaroof, daughter of Nawab Ilahi Baksh, and moves to Delhi.
  • 1867 Engineer George Westinghouse (20) weds Marguerite Erskine Walker in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1925 China's Premier Zhou Enlai (27) weds Deng Yingchao (21) in Guangzhou

Famous Divorces

  • 1946 Esta Krakower divorces mobster Bugsy Siegel (40) after 17 years of marriage
  • 1968 Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage
  • 2001 Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman divorce after 10 years of marriage
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