About July 8

July 8, 2020 is the 190th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 176 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 219 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 8

  • 1099
    First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
  • 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.
  • 1709
    Great Northern War: Battle of Poltava – Peter I of Russia defeats Charles XII of Sweden at Poltava thus effectively ending Sweden’s role as a major power in Europe.
  • 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.
  • 1864
    Ikedaya Jiken: the Choshu Han shishi’s planned Shinsengumi sabotage on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya.
  • 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.
  • 1898
    The death of crime boss Soapy Smith (who is shot) releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip.
  • 1907
    Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first Follies on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.
  • 1912
    Henrique Mitchell de Paiva Couceiro leads an unsuccessful royalist attack against the Portuguese First Republic in Chaves.
  • 1947
    Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
  • 1960
    Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.
  • 1962
    Ne Win besieges and dynamites the Rangoon University Student Union building to crash the Student Movement.
  • 1970
    Richard Nixon delivers a special congressional message enunciating Native American Self-Determination as official US Indian policy, leading to the Indian Self-Determination Act.
  • 1988
    The Island Express train travelling from Bangalore to Kanyakumari derails on the Peruman bridge and falls into Ashtamudi Lake, killing 105 passengers and injuring over 200 more.
  • 1994
    Kim Jong-il begins to assume supreme leadership of North Korea upon the death of his father, Kim Il-sung.
  • 2011
    Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

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