August 8: Day of the Week
August 8, 2018 was the 220th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 145 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 1576The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven.
- 1585John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage.
- 1709Bartolomeu de Gusmão demonstrates the lifting power of hot air in an audience before the King of Portugal in Lisbon
- 1844The 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).
- 1908Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.
- 1945World War II: The Soviet Union declares war on Japan and begins the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation.
- 1946First flight of the Convair B-36, the world’s first mass-produce nuclear weapon delivery vehicle.
- 1963Great Train Robbery: in England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal 2.6 million pounds in bank notes.
- 1990Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq. This would lead to the Gulf War shortly afterward.
- 20082008 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?
- 1922Rudi Gernreich, Austrian-born fashion designer (d. 1985)
- 1929Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (d. 2004)
- 1943Denis Payton, English saxophonist, member of The Dave Clark Five
- 1952Sudhakar Rao, Indian cricketer
- 1962Kool Moe Dee, American rapper
- 1963Jon Turteltaub, American director
- 1978Miho Shiraishi, Japanese actress
- 1981Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
- 1985Brett Ratliff, American football player
- 1986Peyton List, American actress
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