On This Day in History for August 8

Events in History

  • 70 Tower of Antonia destroyed by Romans
  • 1220 Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula
  • 1303 Crete earthquake strikes with estimated magnitude of 8, triggering a major tsunami that damaged the Lighthouse of Alexandria and swept ships 2 miles inland in Egypt
  • 1322 Emperor Godaigo makes Sojiji the chief monastery of Soto Sect
  • 1508 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León founds Caparra the first European settlement in Puerto Rico
  • 1509 Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire in Southern India
  • 1549 Henry II of France declares war on England and orders the siege of Boulogne
  • 1567 Duke of Alva's army enters Brussels, Belgium
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Weddings in History

  • 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.

Divorces in History

  • 1946 Esta Krakower divorces mobster Bugsy Siegel (40) after 17 years of marriage

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