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Sunday August 8, 2021

August 8: Day of the Week

August 8, 2021 was the 220th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 145 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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August 8 Historical Event(s)

  • 1220
    Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula.
  • 1709
    Bartolomeu de Gusmão demonstrates the lifting power of hot air in an audience before the King of Portugal in Lisbon
  • 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 Ploieşti, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.
  • 1942
    Quit India Movement is launched in India against the British rule in response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call for swaraj or complete independence.
  • 1967
    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • 1973
    Kim Dae-Jung, a South Korean politician and later president of South Korea, is kidnapped.
  • 1988
    The “8888 Uprising” occurs in Burma.
  • 1989
    Space Shuttle program: STS-28 Mission – Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.

Who were born on August 8?

  • 1879
    Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary (d. 1919)
  • 1892
    Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, Spanish footballer (d. 1922)
  • 1911
    Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (d. 2002)
  • 1938
    Jacques Hétu, French Canadian composer
  • 1940
    Dennis Tito, American businessman and space tourist
  • 1952
    Anton Fig, South African musician
  • 1956
    Branscombe Richmond, American actor
  • 1964
    Paul Taylor, England cricketer
  • 1968
    Abey Kuruvilla, Indian cricketer
  • 1972
    Joely Collins, Canadian actress

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