On This Day

What Happened on July 8

Important Events

  • 1099 First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on
  • 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, becoming the 1st European to reach India by sea
  • 1777 Vermont introduces new constitution making it the 1st US state to abolish slavery
  • 1800 Dr Benjamin Waterhouse gives 1st cowpox vaccination in the US to his son to prevent smallpox
  • 1853 Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay, opening Japan to Western influence and trade
  • 1948 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow
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July 8 in Film & TV

July 8 in Music

  • 1996 British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut single "Wannabe" in the UK

July 8 in Sport

  • 1995 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: German superstar Steffi Graf beats Arantxa S├ínchez Vicario of Spain 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 for her 6th Wimbledon title

Did You Know?

The Mounties (North West Mounted Police) begin their March West from Fort Dufferin

On July 8, 1874

Would You Believe?

Alfred Carlton Gilbert's patent for the Erector Set is issued, it becomes one of the most popular toys of all time

On July 8, 1913

Famous Weddings

  • 1290 Princess Margaret (15), daughter of Edward I of England marries John II of Brabant at Westminster Abbey
  • 1551 Willem of Orange weds countess Anna van Egmond & Buren
  • 1800 Prime Minister of UK George Canning (30) weds heiress Joan Scott
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