History of 8 July

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History of 8 July

1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first “Follies” on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.

1919 – U.S. President Wilson returned from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.

1947 – Demolition work began in New York City for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.

1950 – General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.

1953 – Notre Dame announced that the next five years of its football games would be shown in theatres over closed circuit TV.

1960 – The Soviet Union charged Gary Powers with espionage. He was shot down in a U-2 spy plane.

1963 – All Cuban-owned assets in the United States were frozen.

1969 – The U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the game “Twister.”

1970 – The San Francisco Giant’s Jim Ray Hart became the first National League player in 59 seasons to collect six runs batted (RBI) during a single inning.

1981 – The Solar Challenger became the frist solar-powered airplane to cross the English Channel.

1986 – Kurt Waldheim was inaugurated as president of Austria despite controversy over his alleged ties to Nazi war crimes.

1997 – The Mayo Clinic and the U.S. government warned that the diet-drug combination known as “fen-phen” could cause serious heart and lung damage.

1997 – NATO invited Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to join the alliance in 1999.

2000 – J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was released in the U.S. It was the fourth Harry Potter book.

2003 – Sudan Airways Flight 139 crashes near Port Sudan Airport during an emergency landing attempt, killing all 117 people on board.

2010 – The Solar Impulse completed the first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane.

2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

2014 – Israel launches an offensive on Gaza amid rising tensions following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Wolfram Müller, German runner
  • 1981 – Anastasia Myskina, Russian tennis player
  • 1982 – Sophia Bush, American actress and director
  • 1982 – Hakim Warrick, American basketball player
  • 1983 – John Bowker, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Rich Peverley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 – Jaime Garcia, Mexican baseball player
  • 1986 – Renata Costa, Brazilian footballer
  • 1988 – Miki Roqué, Spanish footballer (d. 2012)
  • 1988 – Jesse Sergent, New Zealand cyclist
  • 1988 – Dave Taylor, Australian rugby league player
  • 1989 – Yarden Gerbi, Israeli world champion and Olympic bronze medalist judoka
  • 1989 – Tor Marius Gromstad, Norwegian footballer (d. 2012)
  • 1991 – Virgil van Dijk, Dutch footballer
  • 1992 – Ariel Camacho, Mexican singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1992 – Son Heung-min, Korean footballer
  • 1997 – Bryce Love, American football player
  • 1998 – Jaden Smith, American actor and rapper

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