Events in History on August 8

  • 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

New Settlement

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
  • 1570 Peace of Saint-Germain-and-Laye, more freedom for Huguenots

Historic Event

1576 Cornerstone laid for Tycho Brahe's observatory in Uraniborg, Denmark, will become the world's then most advanced research institution

  • 1585 John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage


1585 Pope Sixtus excommunicates Henry of Navarre (Henry IV)

  • 1605 The city of Oulu, Finland, is founded by Charles IX of Sweden.

Historic Event

1609 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope

Treaty of Interest

1619 Duke Maximilian I & Emperor Ferdinand II signs Treaty of Munchen

  • 1647 The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungans Hill - English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces.
  • 1673 Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC
  • 1700 Denmark & Sweden sign peace treaty
  • 1709 1st known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors)
  • 1758 British troops occupy & plunder Cherbourg
  • 1786 Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard are 1st to climb to top of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe
  • 1786 US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the monetary unit for the United States of America

Historic Event

1788 King Louis XVI calls French States & Generals together

  • 1793 The insurrection of Lyon occurs during the French Revolution.
  • 1794 Joseph Whidbey and George Vancouver lead an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska
  • 1796 Boston African Society establishes with 44 members
  • 1809 70 disciples of Gaon of Vilnius, arrive in Palestine
  • 1814 Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1816 Bavaria joins Holy Alliance
  • 1829 French government of De Polignac forms
  • 1831 Battle of Hasselt - Dutch army drives out Belgians
  • 1839 Beta Theta Pi is founded in Oxford, Ohio.
  • 1843 Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony

Historic Event

1844 Brigham Young chosen as head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following the death of Joseph Smith

  • 1853 Russian fleet appears at Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1854 Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges
  • 1860 Queen of Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) arrives in NYC
  • 1863 American Civil War: Tennessee's "military" Governor Andrew Johnson frees his personal slaves. Celebrated as a holiday by Tennessee African Americans (early 20th century)
  • 1864 Comet C/1864 N1 (Tempel) approaches within 0.0964 AUs of Earth
  • 1864 Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Gaines, Alabama
  • 1868 Earthquake destroys the city of Arica, Chile
  • 1870 The Republic of Ploieşti, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.
  • 1876 Dan O'Leacy completes 500 mile walk in 139h32m

Historic Invention

1876 Thomas Edison is granted the patent for Autographic Printing (US Patent 180,857)

  • 1882 Snow falls on Lake Michigan
  • 1898 W.K. Kellogg invents corn flakes cereal
  • 1910 The US Army installs the first tricycle landing gear on the Army's Wright Flyer.
  • 1911 Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law would come into effect in 1913.
  • 1911 The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.
  • 1913 Richard Corfields "Camel Corps" opens "Mad Mullah" in Burao Somalia

Historic Expedition

1914 3rd pole expedition Ernest Shackleton "Endurance"

  • 1914 French troops under Gen Bonneau occupy Mulhouse at Elzas
  • 1914 Montenegro declares war on Germany
  • 1916 A's set AL record with 19th consecutive loss on road
  • 1918 World War I: The Allies launch the Hundred Days Offensive, beginning with the Battle of Amiens where 500 tanks and 10 Allied divisions attacked German lines
  • 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, British recognise Afghanistan's independence
  • 1924 British-Russian trade agreement signed
  • 1925 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (between 25,000 and 40,000 marchers) in Washington, D.C.
  • 1929 Salem Oregon airport dedicated
  • 1930 MLB St Louis Cardinals are 12 games back in NL, & go on to win pennant
  • 1936 Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve founded in Uttarakhand, British India, as Hailey National Park (later renamed) - India's first National Park [1]
  • 1937 Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power
  • 1938 Great Trek Centenary Celebrations commence; the Great Trek was a migration involving Boers leaving the Cape Colony and settling in the interior of South Africa
  • 1940 31 German aircraft shot down over England

Historic Event

1940 The "Aufbau Ost" directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.

  • 1941 20 divisions of Soviet 6th/12th Army surrender at Oeman
  • 1942 "Monty" appointed commander of British 8th Army at Alamein
  • 1942 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 British Flower class corvette HMS Dianthus sinks U-379
  • 1942 Soviet anti-offensive of Voronezh under Marshal Timosjenko
  • 1943 Common Chiefs of staff meet in Quebec
  • 1943 US amphibians land at St Agata on North coast of Sicily
  • 1943 Vegetables & fruit rationed in Holland
  • 1944 Canada/Polish troops occupy Cramesnil/Secqueville/Cintheaux/St-Aignan
  • 1944 US 15th Army corps occupies Le Mans
  • 1945 England & Australian Services draw 4th Victory Test

Nuremberg Trials

1945 US, USSR, Britain and France sign Treaty of London which sets down procedures for the Nuremberg war trials of Nazi leaders

  • 1945 USSR declares war against Japan in WW II
  • 1945 USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
  • 1946 First flight of the Convair B-36.
  • 1946 India agrees to give Bhutan 32 sq miles
  • 1947 Pakistan's National Flag is approved.
  • 1949 Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy
  • 1952 Syngman Ree re-elected president of South Korea

Historic Event

1953 Soviet leader Georgi Malenkov reports possession of hydrogen bomb

  • 1953 US & South Korea initial a mutual security pact

Historic Event

1955 Fidel Castro forms the "26th of July Movement", a Cuban vanguard revolutionary organization

  • 1955 Geneva conference held to discuss peaceful uses of atomic energy
  • 1956 Fire & explosion kill 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium
  • 1957 USSR offers Syria economic/military aid
  • 1960 Charges against 53 of the 76 Africans detained after the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa are dropped
  • 1960 Ivory Coast declares independence
  • 1960 South Kasai secedes from the Congo.
  • 1961 Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • 1963 Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)
  • 1963 Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ
  • 1967 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • 1968 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
  • 1968 Race riot in Miami, Florida

Presidential Convention

1968 Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

  • 1971 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • 1971 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Contract of Interest

1973 US Vice President Spiro Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. Vowed not to resign.

  • 1974 US President Richard Nixon announces he will resign at 12pm the next day
  • 1975 As a result of rainfall from Typhoon Nina, the Banqiao Dam in China fails, causing the collapse of almost 6 million buildings and 229,000 deaths
  • 1977 Maurine Stuart, ordained as Zen priest by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi
  • 1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus


1979 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

  • 1980 LBV Conference Center & Club Lake Villas open
  • 1981 At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws
  • 1983 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

Coup d'état

1983 Military coup in Guatemala, Dictator and former General Efraín Rios Montt flees

  • 1984 Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends
  • 1985 Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet
  • 1986 Altaf Hussain's address at Nishtar Park Karachi, announcing the establishment of the MQM political movement.
  • 1987 Pakistan all out 708 v England at The Oval, Botham 3-217
  • 1988 -11] Army in Rangoon, Myanmar fires on pro-democracy students, killing thousands during the "8888 Uprising"
  • 1988 Angola, Cuba and South Africa sign cease fire treaty
  • 1988 Ceasefire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • 1988 Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced
  • 1988 Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl
  • 1988 Jennifer Levin's parents file $25M suit against Dorrian Red Hand Bar
  • 1988 Renovated Central Park Zoo reopens after 4 years (New York City)
  • 1988 Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war
  • 1988 South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola
  • 1988 Temperature hits high of 88 deg F on 8/8/88 in NYC

Assassination Attempt

1988 US Secretary of State George P. Shultz narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in Bolivia

Historic Event

1989 New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange resigns after 5 years on a no confidence issue

  • 1989 US space shuttle STS-28 launched
  • 1990 Iraq annexes Kuwait as its 19th province
  • 1991 Shi'ite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy
  • 1991 The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
  • 1992 Lou Whitaker hits his 200th career HR
  • 1993 Tropical storm Bret ravages Venezuela, about 100 killed
  • 1995 Jeff King of Pirates is 16th NL player to HR twice in one inning
  • 1997 The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan
  • 2000 Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
  • 2007 An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.

Historic Event

2007 Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as world's richest person with estimated net worth of US$59 billion, according to "Fortune"

  • 2012 16 people are killed from flooding from heavy rain in Manilla, Philippines
  • 2012 China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies
  • 2013 14 people are killed by a bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan
  • 2013 28 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan
  • 2013 4 people are killed and 4 are wounded in a shooting spree in Dallas, Texas

Historic Event

2013 Retired Washington Post journalist and editor Ben Bradlee is named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama 

  • 2014 Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade
  • 2014 The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO

Election of Interest

2017 Kenyan general election: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party of Kenya re-elected, opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses verdict

Historic Event

2017 South African President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence vote in parliament 198-177

  • 2018 Australia's most populous state New South Wales declared 100% in drought

Historic Event

2018 Malaysia charges former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of money laundering

  • 2018 US State Department imposes new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in Britain
  • 2019 Nuclear accident at Russian nuclear-weapon testing site at closed city Sarov kills five scientists in mysterious circumstances
  • 2021 "Wright Brothers' moment" in nuclear fusion research when 1.3 megajoules of energy produced at National Ignition Facility by the Livermore Lab [1]
  • 2021 More than 51 people killed in northern Mali after attacks on three villages by Islamist jihadists
  • 2021 Taliban forces capture three regional Afghan cities including key northern city of Kunduz [1]
  • 2021 The Dixie Fire becomes California's second-largest wildfire ever at 463,000 acres (724 square miles)

Historic Event

2022 FBI conduct a search of former US President Donald Trump's Florida home, Mar-a-Largo, over his handling of classified government documents [1]

  • 2022 Record downpours in Seoul, South Korea, with some areas receiving their highest rainfall in 80 years (141.5 mm per hr), leaves at least eight dead [1]