About August 8

August 8, 2021 is the 220th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 145 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 177 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 8

  • 1220
    Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula.
  • 1503
    King James IV of Scotland marries Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England at Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 1576
    The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven.
  • 1585
    John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage.
  • 1588
    Anglo-Spanish War: Battle of Gravelines – The naval engagement ends, ending the Spanish Armada’s attempt to invade England.
  • 1605
    The city of Oulu, Finland, is founded by Charles IX of Sweden.
  • 1647
    The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungans Hill – English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces.
  • 1709
    Bartolomeu de Gusmão demonstrates the lifting power of hot air in an audience before the King of Portugal in Lisbon
  • 1794
    Joseph Whidbey leads an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska.
  • 1844
    The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, headed by Brigham Young, is reaffirmed as the leading body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
  • 1908
    Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.
  • 1918
    World War I: the Battle of Amiens begins a string of almost continuous victories with a push through the German front lines (Hundred Days Offensive).
  • 1929
    The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.
  • 1940
    The “Aufbau Ost” directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.
  • 1946
    First flight of the Convair B-36, the world’s first mass-produce nuclear weapon delivery vehicle.
  • 1960
    South Kasai secedes from the Congo.
  • 1980
    The Central Hotel Fire occurs in Bundoran, Ireland.
  • 1990
    Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq. This would lead to the Gulf War shortly afterward.
  • 2000
    Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor and 30 years after its discovery by undersea explorer E. Lee Spence and 5 years after being filmed by a dive team funded by novelist Clive Cussler.
  • 2010
    2010 China floods: A mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, kills more than 1,400 people.

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