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Thursday August 8, 2019

August 8: Day of the Week

August 8, 2019 was the 220th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 145 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.

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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)

  • 1576
    The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven.
  • 1786
    Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 1870
    The Republic of Ploieşti, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.
  • 1918
    World War I: the Battle of Amiens begins a string of almost continuous victories with a push through the German front lines (Hundred Days Offensive).
  • 1929
    The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Soviet Union declares war on Japan and begins the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation.
  • 1967
    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • 1990
    Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq. This would lead to the Gulf War shortly afterward.
  • 1991
    The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
  • 2008
    2008 Summer Olympics took place from the 8th August 2008-24th August 2008. The official opening ceremony started at 8:00pm on 8th August 2008. The number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in Chinese Culture and here it was a triple eight for the date and one extra for time (close to 08:08:08 pm). There were 28 sports and 302 events at the games. There were 43 new world records and 132 new Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. An unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal during the Games.

Who were born on August 8?

  • 1857
    Cécile Chaminade, French pianist and composer (d. 1944)
  • 1880
    Earle Page, Australian politician (d. 1961)
  • 1910
    Sylvia Sidney, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1915
    James “Jumbo” Elliott, American track coach (d. 1981)
  • 1932
    Luis García Meza Tejada, Bolivian dictator
  • 1952
    Jostein Gaarder, Norwegian author
  • 1977
    Kurt Bernard, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1978
    Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • 1980
    Denisse Guerrero, Mexican Singer (Belanova)
  • 1988
    Danilo Gallinari, Italian basketball player

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