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July 8 Historical Events

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

Found 39 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 1099
    First Crusade: Fifteen thousand starving Christian soldiers march in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
  • 1283
    War of the Sicilian Vespers: Roger of Lauria, commanding the Aragonese fleet defeats an Angevin fleet sent to put down a rebellion on Malta in the Battle of Malta.
  • 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.
  • 1663
    Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal charter to Rhode Island.
  • 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.
  • 1716
    Great Northern War: The naval Battle of Dynekilen takes place.
  • 1730
    An estimated magnitude 8.7 earthquake causes a tsunami that damages more than 1000 km of Chile’s coastline.
  • 1758
    French forces hold Fort Carillon against the British at Ticonderoga, New York.
  • 1760
    French and Indian War: Battle of Restigouche: British forces defeat French forces in last naval battle in New France.
  • 1775
    The Olive Branch Petition is signed by the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies of North America.
  • 1776
    Liberty Bell is rung with reading of Declaration of Independence of the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1853
    U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Edo bay with a treaty requesting trade.
  • 1859
    King Charles XV & IV accedes to the throne of Sweden–Norway.
  • 1864
    Ikedaya Incident: The Choshu Han shishi’s planned Shinsengumi sabotage on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya.
  • 1874
    The Mounties begin their March West.
  • 1876
    White supremacists kill five Black Republicans in Hamburg, South Carolina.
  • 1879
    Sailing ship USS Jeannette 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.
  • 1898
    The death of crime boss Soapy Smith, killed in the Shootout on Juneau Wharf, releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip.
  • 1912
    Henrique Mitchell de Paiva Couceiro leads an unsuccessful royalist attack against the First Portuguese Republic in Chaves.
  • 1932
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22.
  • 1933
    The first rugby union test match between the Wallabies of Australia and the Springboks of South Africa is played at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.
  • 1937
    Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan sign the Treaty of Saadabad.
  • 1947
    Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico in what became known as the Roswell UFO incident.
  • 1948
    The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF).
  • 1960
    Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.

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