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    • July 8, 0052 "B.C Paris, France, is a city of conquests, historic sights, artists, scholars, haute couture, and gourmet cuisine. The future capital of France was first fortified on July 7, ., by a Gallic tribe called the Parisees"

    • July 8, 1099 "First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on."

    • July 8, 1283 War of the Sicilian Vespers: Battle of Malta

    • July 8, 1579 "Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, was discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan."

    • July 8, 1680 "The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts."

    • July 8, 1693 NYC authorizes first police uniforms in American colonies

    • July 8, 1709 Battle of Poltava; Russians defeat Swedes

    • July 8, 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.

    • July 8, 1758 "French forces hold Fort Carillon against British at Ticonderoga, New York."

    • July 8, 1775 The Olive Branch Petition is adopted by the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies.

    • July 8, 1776 "The Declaration of Independence was read aloud in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

    • July 8, 1776 "The Liberty Bell Rings In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Liberty Bell rang out from the tower of the Pennsylvania's old State House, summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon"

    • July 8, 1777 "Vt becomes first state abolishing slavery, adopts male sufferage"

    • July 8, 1778 Allied French fleet under Comte d'Estaing arrives in America.

    • July 8, 1796 US State Dept issues first American passport

    • July 8, 1797 First US senator (William Blount of Tennessee) expelled by impeachment

    • July 8, 1805 "American Bill Richmond knocks out Jack Holmes, Kilburn Wells, England"

    • July 8, 1816 "Frost in Waltham, MA"

    • July 8, 1822 Chippewas turn over huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom.

    • July 8, 1835 Liberty Bell cracks (again)

    • July 8, 1849 St Paul's Place in the Bronx named

    • July 8, 1853 "US Navy Commodore Matthew Perry (1794-1858) sailed into Edo Bay, and demanded Japan open its harbors to American trade. The Treaty of Kanagawa was signed on March 31, 1854 to bring Japan's closed feudal monarchy into the world community."

    • July 8, 1859 King Charles XV / Carl IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway.

    • July 8, 1864 "The Shinsengumi sabotage the Choshu-han shishi's planned attack on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya, this event is known as Ikedaya Jiken."

    • July 8, 1870 Congress authorizes registration of trademarks

    • July 8, 1870 Gov Holden of NC declares Casswell County in a state of insurrection

    • July 8, 1874 The Mounties begin their March West.

    • July 8, 1876 "White supremacists kill five Black Republicans in Hamburg, SC."

    • July 8, 1876 "White terrorists attack Black Republicans in Hamburg SC, killing 5"

    • July 8, 1879 USS Jeannette departs San Francisco to explore Arctic.

    • July 8, 1889 "At the last championship bare-knuckle boxing match, John L. Sullivan defeats Jake Kilrain after 75 rounds."

    • July 8, 1889 John L Sullivan wins by KO in 75 rounds in last bare-knuckle bout

    • July 8, 1889 The Wall Street Journal that begins publication

    • July 8, 1889 Wall Street Journal begins publishing

    • July 8, 1891 "61? F, the highest temp for July 1891, in Baltimore & Phila"

    • July 8, 1891 Future president Harding marries Florence K DeWolfe in Marion Ohio

    • July 8, 1892 "American Psychological Association organized, Worcester, Mass"

    • July 8, 1892 "St. John's, Newfoundland was devastated in the Great Fire of 1892."

    • July 8, 1896 "William Jennings Bryan ""cross of gold"" speech at Dem convention"

    • July 8, 1897 Harbor Hospital formally opens

    • July 8, 1898 "The shooting death of crime boss Soapy Smith releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip."

    • July 8, 1905 Part of Angel Island allocated for Immigration Detention Center

    • July 8, 1911 Nan Aspinwall is first woman to make solo transcontin. trip by horse

    • July 8, 1919 Pres Wilson returns to NYC from Versailles Peace Conference

    • July 8, 1923 Harding becomes first sitting president to visit Alaska

    • July 8, 1932 "Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22"

    • July 8, 1933 NFL team Pittsburgh Steelers was established.

    • July 8, 1933 Public Works Administration becomes effective

    • July 8, 1944 Naval bombardment of Guam begins.

    • July 8, 1947 Demolition begins in NYC for UN HQ building

    • July 8, 1947 "Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico."

    • July 8, 1950 "Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea"

    • July 8, 1950 Leroy Deans awarded first Order of Purple Heart in Korea

    • July 8, 1961 "Portuguese steamer ""Save"" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die"

    • July 8, 1966 King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi was deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi.

    • July 8, 1967 "Billie Jean King concludes Wimbeldon sweep (singles, doubles & mix)"

    • July 8, 1969 IBM CICS is made generally available for the 360 mainframe computer.

    • July 8, 1969 Thor Heyerdahl & reed raft Ra II land in Barbados 57 days from Morocco

    • July 8, 1969 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam

    • July 8, 1972 Number one hit on UK music charts - Donny Osmond - Puppy Love

    • July 8, 1975 Pres Ford announced hell seek Republican nomination for pres

    • July 8, 1975 "Quake damages over 2,000 temples in Pagan, Burma. 20-foot-high seated Buddha of Thandawgya decapitated"

    • July 8, 1977 Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs)

    • July 8, 1977 "The ashes of Ahn Eak-tai, a Korean composer and conductor, were transferred from the island of Majorca to the Korean National Cemetery."

    • July 8, 1978 Bjorn Borg of Sweden won 3rd consecutive title at Wimbledon

    • July 8, 1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus

    • July 8, 1978 The Naval Air Test and Evaluation Museum at NAS Patuxent River opened its doors to the public for the first time

    • July 8, 1979 Voyager 2 takes first ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)

    • July 8, 1980 The Navy terminated its support operations at Key West for the Cuban refugees

    • July 8, 1981 Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)

    • July 8, 1982 Porn star John Homes convicted of receiving stolen property

    • July 8, 1982 Senegalese Trotskyist political party LCT is legally recognized.

    • July 8, 1984 John McEnroe beats Jimmy Connors for Wimbeldon singles

    • July 8, 1986 "Farthest thrown object-an ""Aerobie"" flying ring, 383 m (1,257')"

    • July 8, 1986 "NASA establishes Safety, Reliability Maintain & Quality Assurance"

    • July 8, 1987 "Kitty Dukakis, revealed addiction to amphetamines for 26 years"

    • July 8, 1988 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992

    • July 8, 1990 Germany beats Argentina 1-0 for soccer's 14th World Cup at Rome

    • July 8, 1990 Italy beats England in soccer's World Cup conselation game

    • July 8, 1990 Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker for Wimbeldon title

    • July 8, 1992 Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe creates the office of High Commissioner on National Minorities.

    • July 8, 1993 Egypt executes 7 Islamic extremists for attacks on foreign tourists


    • July 8, 1996 "Smash hit song Wannabe by the Spice Girls is released in the UK, becoming the biggest selling single by an all-female group."

    • July 8, 1997 "Mayo Clinic researchers warn that the dieting-drug ""fen-phen"" can cause severe heart and lung damage."

    • July 8, 1997 "NATO invites the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance in 1999."

    • July 8, 1999 "Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida."

    • July 8, 2003 "Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 116 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a two-year-old child."

    • July 8, 2004 "Michael Brown Okinawa assault incident. United States Marine Corps officer Michael Brown is convicted on Okinawa for ""attempting an indecent act"" and ""destruction of property"" and is sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for three years."

    • July 8, 2007 Boeing 787 rolled out.

    • July 8, 2007 "Wimbledon, Jamie Murray becomes first British winner of Wimbledon in 20 years, when he won the Mixed Doubles event with his partner, Jelena Jankovi of Serbia."

    • July 8, 2007 "Wimbledon, Roger Federer wins his 5th consecutive Wimbledon; equaling Bjorn Borg's record."







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