About August 8

August 8, 2020 is the 221st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 145 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 188 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.
  • 1576
    The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven.
  • 1786
    Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    The “Aufbau Ost” directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.
  • 1942
    Quit India Movement is launched in India against the British rule in response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call for swaraj or complete independence.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    Kim Dae-Jung, a South Korean politician and later president of South Korea, is kidnapped.
  • 1988
    The “8888 Uprising” occurs in Burma.
  • 1989
    Space Shuttle program: STS-28 Mission – Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.
  • 1990
    Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq. This would lead to the Gulf War shortly afterward.
  • 1991
    The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    2008 Summer Olympics took place from the 8th August 2008-24th August 2008. The official opening ceremony started at 8:00pm on 8th August 2008. The number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in Chinese Culture and here it was a triple eight for the date and one extra for time (close to 08:08:08 pm). There were 28 sports and 302 events at the games. There were 43 new world records and 132 new Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. An unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal during the Games.
  • 2010
    2010 China floods: A mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, kills more than 1,400 people.
  • 2011
    London Riot 2011. This took place between 6th August 2011 and 10th August 2011. between the 6th and 7th a peaceful march in Tottenham, London was followed by rioting and looting, first in Tottenham.

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