On This Day in History for July 8

Events in History

  • 939 The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi
  • 1099 First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on
  • 1283 War of the Sicilian Vespers: Battle of Malta
  • 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, will become the 1st European to reach India by sea
  • 1579 Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, was discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan
  • 1663 King Charles II of England grants a charter to Rhode Island
  • 1672 William III is appointed stadholder by the States General in the Netherlands
  • 1680 The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Weddings in History

  • 1290 Princess Margaret (15), daughter of Edward I of England marries Duke Brabant John II (14) at Westminster Abbey, London
  • 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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