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What Happened on July 8

July 8 - List of Other Events in the world
1497 On this day, Vasco da Gama set sail on the first European voyage to India.
1709 Charles XII of Sweden was defeated by Peter I of Russia at the Battle of Poltava. With this defeat Sweden's time as a major power in Europe was effectively ended.
1730 More than 621 miles of Chile's coastline was damaged in a magnitude 8.7 earthquake.
1760 The French were defeated by the British in the last naval battle in New France.
1775 The Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies of North America signed the Olive Branch Petition.
1859 King Charles XV & IV acceded to the throne of Sweden
1876 Five Black Republicans were killed by white supremacists in Hamburg, South Carolina.
1889 On this day was published the first issue of The Wall Street Journal.
1892 The Great Fire of 1892 devastated St. John's, Newfoundland.
1937 The Treaty of Saadabad was signed by Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.
1947 On this day, reports emerged that a UFO had crash landed in Roswell in New Mexico. This incident was later dubbed as the Roswell UFO incident.
1968 On this day in Detroit, Michigan, began the Chrysler wildcat strike.
1982 An assassination attempt was made on this day against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Dujail.
1988 105 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured when the Island Express train, which was en route from Bangalore to Kanyakumari, derailed on the Peruman bridge and plunged into the Ashtamudi Lake.
1994 Kim Jong-il started to assume the leadership of North Korea.
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