What all happened on 8th July: History and famous personalities

On this day, 1497, Vasco Da Gama started his journey to India

History – International


1947, Vasco Da Gama travelled to India

On 8 July 1497, Vasco Da Gama came to India; he was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea. Da Gama’s discovery of the sea route to India opened various challenges and opportunities which gave rise to globalization and trade of goods and services.

1859, King Charles accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway

On July 8, 1859, Charles acceded to the throne, he was an intelligent and artistically inclined ruler much liked in both kingdoms. He strived to strengthen the bond between Sweden and Norway as well, but his efforts were undermined by the Norwegian parliament.

1937, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan sign the “Treaty of Saadabad”

On July 08, 1937, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan signed a nonaggression pact which lasted for five years. The treaty was signed by the Afghan King Mohammad Zahir Shah in Tehran’s Saadabad Palace.

1968, The Chrysler wildcat strike begins in Detroit, Michigan

On July 08, 1968, the Chrysler wildcat strike began in Michigan which was a strike between the African and Americans working for DODGE together. Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) was the organization which employed both Africans and Americans.

  1. Boeing unveiled its first fully assembled 787 Dreamliner

On July 08, 2007, Boeing unveiled its complete ready wide-body Air jetliner. 787 consumed 20% less fuel on its first trial where it easily replaced 767 in terms of fuel and seating layout.

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Birthday – International

Designer Hugo Boss

Born on July 08, 1885, Hugo Boss was a German fashion designer and the founder of the clothing brand “Hugo Boss”. He was an active and reputed member of the Nazi Party in early 1931.

Painter PavelKorin

Born on July 08, 1892, PavelKorin was a Russian painter and street artist. He is famous for his preoperational work for the unimplemented painting “Farewell to Rus”.

Architect Philip Johnson

Born on July 08, 1906, Philip Johnson was an American architect, born in Chicago and was best known for his works of Modern architecture, including the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Actor Louis Jordan

Born on July 08, 1908, Louis Jordan was an American musician and songwriter who was a popular figure in the early days of 1930. He was known as “The King of the Jukebox”.

Actor Pauline Quirke

Born on July 08, 1959, Pauline Quirke is an English actress who has played Sharon in the long-running comedy series Birds of a Feather from 1989 to 1998, and again from 2014 to 2017.


History- Indian


On this day, 1997, Bomb Exploded in Punjab

1997, Bomb Exploded In Punjab

On July 08, 1997, a bomb exploded in the Bhatinda City of Punjab. The bomb was planted in a local train where more than forty casualties were reported.

2006, 15 Killed, Bus fell in the river

On July 08, 2006, 15 killed as the bus lost its control and plunged in the gorge near Bhagirathi River.

Former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar died due to blood illness.

On July 08, 2007, Chandra Shekhar Singh who served as the Eighth Prime Minister of India died due to blood illness. Chandra Shekhar formed a minority party named Janta Dal. Chandra Shekhar served from Nov 1990-June 1991.

2009, Kashmir Protests and riots

On July 08, 2009, Protesters in Indian Kashmir set fire to a police van and stoned security vehicles after a missing young man’s body was recovered in the regional capital Srinagar.
2011, Stonewall Collapsed in Mumbai

On July 08, 2011, heavy monsoon showers caused a stone wall to collapse, killing 10 construction workers, on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Inauguration of BhakraNangal Dam in Punjab

On July 08, 1954, Bhakra Nangal Dam was inaugurated by Jawahar Lal Nehru and became the largest Dam in India at that time.

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Births – Indian

Cricketer Sourav Ganguly

Born on July 08, 1972, Sourav Ganguly is a popular Indian cricketer from Kolkata. Sourav later remembered as one of the most successful cricket captains in modern time. Sourav Ganguly was born to Chandidas and NirupaGanguly in Kolkata.

Politician Jyoti Basu

Born on July 08, 1914, Jyoti Basu was the former Chief Minister of West Bengal. He was one of the co-founders of the Communist Party of India and a member of the Political Bureau of the party.

Director Revathi

Born on July 08, 1966, Revathi is an Indian film actress and director, known for her works predominantly in Tamil and Malayalam cinema. Revathi was awarded as the best co-star in the movies with Salman Khan.

Actor Neetu Singh

Born on July 08, 1958, Neetu Singh is an Indian actress who appeared in Hindi films. She is best known for her remarkable career in Bollywood, and made her acting debut in 1966 with the film Suraj.

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