On This Day

On This Day in History for July 8 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1978 Sandro Pertini elected the 7th President of the Italian Republic
  • 1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus
  • 1979 The Democratic Republic of the Congo adoptsa new constitution
  • 1979 Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

1979 Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • 1981 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981 French Prime Minister Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France
  • 1981 Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)
  • 1982 Billy Martin records his 1,000th career win as a manager
  • 1982 Porn star John Homes convicted of receiving stolen property
  • 1982 Senegalese Trotskyist political party LCT is legally recognized
  • 1986 Farthest thrown object-an "Aerobie" flying ring, 383 m (1,257')
  • 1986 NASA establishes Safety, Reliability Maintain & Quality Assurance
  • 1986 Zimbabwe beats Netherlands by 25 runs to win ICC Trophy
  • 1987 Kitty Dukakis reveals an addiction to amphetamines for 26 years
  • 1988 Indians' Bud Black sets club record for most batters hit in inning (3)

  • 1988 Miami Arena opens in Miami, Florida
  • 1989 Carlos Saul Menum becomes President of Argentina
  • 1989 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1990 12:34:56 on 7/8/90 (1234567890)
  • 1992 Thomas Klestil installed as President of Austria
  • 1992 Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe creates the office of High Commissioner on National Minorities
  • 1994 Sonia O'Sullivan runs female 2K world record (5:25.36)
  • 1994 Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches
  • 1994 St Maarten "Godfather" Claude Wathey sentenced to 1½ years
  • 1995 1st CFL game between 2 US teams, Las Vegas Posse vs Sacramento Gold
  • 1997 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join
  • 1999 Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1999 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" the 3rd book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published by Bloomsbury in the UK

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • 2000 "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published in the UK (Bloomsbury) and the US (Scholastic)
  • 2003 Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 116 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a two-year-old boy who subsequently dies as a result of his injuries

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2008 American businessman T. Boone Pickens announces his "Pickens Plan", an energy policy that moves away from imported oil

Businessman and Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens
Businessman and Oil Tycoon
T. Boone Pickens
  • 2011 Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program
  • 2012 Roadside car bomb kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province
  • 2012 Tens of thousands protest over election corruption in Mexico City after Enrique Peña Nieto's win in the country's presidential election
  • 2013 42 people killed, hundreds injured after the Egyptian army raids a sit-in protest in Cairo

  • 2013 A dozen people are killed and injured after a hotel collapses in Hyderabad, India

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2014 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu instructs his defence forces to "take their gloves off" against Hamas and to take any means necessary to "restore peace" to Israeli citizens

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • 2015 The New York Stock Exchange stops trading for nearly four hours due to a technical error
  • 2016 Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first woman to be appointed artistic director at French fashion house Christian Dior
  • 2017 Unesco declares Asmara, capital of Eritrea, a world heritage site for its Art Deco buildings
  • 2018 Four boys are the first to be rescued after 16 days, from Tham Luang cave, Thailand, by Thai and international rescue team

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2018 British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns in a stand against Theresa May's new softer Brexit policy

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 2018 Eritrea and Ethiopia announce re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries after almost 20 years in Asmara, Eritrea
  • 2019 Congolese general and rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in the Hague
  • 2019 Deutsche Bank begins laying off 18,000 employees worldwide as part of large overhaul of its operations
  • 2019 US financier Jeffrey Epstein indicted on further charges of sex trafficking of minors
  • 2020 Australian city of Melbourne goes back into lockdown for six weeks after second outbreak of 700 active cases
  • 2020 Americans and Polynesians made contact around 1200 A.D. according to new genomic study in "Nature", people from eastern Polynesia had DNA from indigenous Colombia
  • 2020 US government issues directive that more than 1 million international students will be stripped of their visas if their courses entirely online

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