8 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Don Carlos (Spain), 1545
  • Joseph Chamberlain, 1836
  • Count von Zeppelin, 1838
  • John D. Rockefeller, 1839
  • Alec Waugh, 1898
  • Philip Johnson, 1906
  • Nelson Rockefeller, 1908
  • Louis Jordan, 1908
  • Walter Kerr, 1913
  • Billy Eckstine, 1914
  • Faye Emerson, 1917
  • Roone Arledge, 1931
  • Jerry Vale, 1932
  • Marty Feldman, 1933
  • Steve Lawrence, 1935
  • Phil Gramm, 1942
  • Kim Darby, 1948
  • Raffi, 1948
  • Anjelica Huston, 1951
  • Kevin Bacon, 1958
  • Jaden Smith, 1998

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Gregory XV, 1623
  • Christiaan Huygens, 1695
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned, 1822
  • Sir William Parry, 1855
  • Oscar I Sweden, 1859
  • Havelock Ellis, 1939
  • Vivien Leigh, 1967
  • Michael Wilding, 1979
  • Hyman Rickover, 1986
  • Howard Duff, 1990
  • Kim Il Sung, 1994
  • June Allyson, 2006
  • Betty Ford, 2011
  • Ernest Borgnine, 2012
  • Tab Hunter, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1497 - Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon in search of a sea route to India.
  • 1524 - First kidnapping in America. Florentine explorers kidnap Indian child to bring to France.
  • 1709 - Peter the Great's Russians easily defeat Charles XII (Sweden) and English-Battle of Poltava.
  • 1792 - France declares war on Prussia.
  • 1796 - America's first passport issued to Francis Maria Barrere.
  • 1815 - Louis XVIII re-enters Paris as King of France after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.
  • 1858 - British declare peace in India.
  • 1887 - Wall Street Journal first published by Charles H. Dow and Edward Jones.
  • 1889 - John L. Sullivan wins last bare knuckle prizefight in 75th round at Richburg, Mississippi.
  • 1892 - Bloody fingerprints at murder scene in Buenos Aires lead to first conviction on fingerprint evidence.
  • 1907 - The Follies of 1907, the first of Ziegfeld's Follies, opens in New York starring Anna Held
  • 1924 - Adolf Hitler resumes leadership of National Socialist Party.
  • 1932 - Depression bottoms out as Dow Jones Average slips to record 41.22 having fallen 89% in 3 years.
  • 1959 - First two Americans killed in action in Vietnam.
  • 1961 - First women's singles final played at Wimbledon between Christine Truman and Angela Mortimer.
  • 1976 - New York Bar Association expels Richard Nixon.
  • 1985 - China approves retail sales of tampons for the first time.
  • 2010 - First 24-hour continuous flight through the night by solar-powered plane in Switzerland is piloted by Andre Borschberg.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Procopius
  • Elizabeth of Portugal

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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