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August 8 Historical Events

The following events took place on August 8. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 43 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 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 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 1576
    The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on the island of 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 Dungan’s 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, Portugal
  • 1786
    Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 1793
    The insurrection of Lyon occurs during the French Revolution.
  • 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).
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Following his defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis (which is refused upon receipt).
  • 1870
    The Republic of Ploiești, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.
  • 1876
    Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
  • 1885
    More than 1.5 million people attend the funeral of Ulysses S. Grant in New York City.
  • 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).
  • 1927
    The predecessor to the Philippine Stock Exchange opens.
  • 1929
    The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world 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 Mohandas Gandhi’s call for swaraj or complete independence.
  • 1945
    The London Charter is signed by France, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and the United States, establishing the laws and procedures for the Nuremberg trials.
  • 1946
    First flight of the Convair B-36, the world’s first mass-produced nuclear weapon delivery vehicle, the heaviest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft, with the longest wingspan of any military aircraft, and the first bomber with intercontinental range.
  • 1960
    South Kasai secedes from the Congo.
  • 1963
    Great Train Robbery: In England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal £2.6 million in bank notes.
  • 1963
    The Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), the current ruling party of Zimbabwe, is formed by a split from the Zimbabwe African People’s Union.
  • 1967
    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • 1969
    At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan takes the photo that becomes the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road.
  • 1973
    Kim Dae-jung, a South Korean politician and later president of South Korea, is kidnapped.

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