About July 8

July 8, 2021 is the 189th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 176 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 208 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 8

  • 1283
    War of the Sicilian Vespers: the naval Battle of Malta between the Aragonese and the Neapolitan fleets is fought.
  • 1497
    Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.
  • 1579
    Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, is discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan.
  • 1716
    Great Northern War: the naval Battle of Dynekilen takes place.
  • 1758
    French forces hold Fort Carillon against the British at Ticonderoga, New York.
  • 1775
    The Olive Branch Petition is signed by the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies.
  • 1808
    Joseph Bonaparte approves the Bayonne Statute, a royal charter intended as the basis for his rule as king of Spain.
  • 1822
    Chippewas turn over a huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom.
  • 1859
    King Charles XV & IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway.
  • 1864
    Ikedaya Jiken: the Choshu Han shishi’s planned Shinsengumi sabotage on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya.
  • 1874
    The Mounties begin their March West.
  • 1879
    Sailing ship USS Jeannette (1878) departs San Francisco carrying an ill-fated expedition to the North Pole.
  • 1889
    The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published.
  • 1892
    St. John’s, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
  • 1896
    William Jennings Bryan delivers his Cross of Gold speech advocating bimetalism at the 1896 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • 1907
    Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first Follies on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.
  • 1932
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22.
  • 1947
    Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
  • 1966
    King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi.
  • 2011
    Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

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