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7/8/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - July 8

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Today in History in 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage - becomes first European to reach India by sea; in 1796 the U.S. State Department issued the first American passport; and in 2011 the Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched for the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1099 - First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
  • 1497 - Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs for on his first voyage - becomes first European to reach India by sea
  • 1777 - Vermont introduces new constitution making it 1st US state to abolish slavery
  • 1796 - US State Dept issues 1st American passport
  • 1800 – Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse gives 1st cowpox vaccination in the US to his son to prevent smallpox
  • 1835 - Liberty Bell cracks (again)
  • 1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay
  • 1948 - 500th anniversary of the Russian orthodox church celebrated in Moscow
  • 1950 - Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea
  • 1975 - US President Gerald Ford announced he'll seek Republican nomination for presidency
  • 1999 - "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" the 3rd book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published by Bloomsbury in the UK
  • 2000 - "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th book in the series by J. K. Rowling is published in the UK (Bloomsbury) and the US (Scholastic)
  • 2011 - Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1838 - Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Baden Germany, inventor (rigid dirigibles), (d. 1917)
  • 1839 - John D. Rockefeller, Richford New York, US capitalist/founder (Standard Oil), (d. 1937)
  • 1882 - Percy Grainger, composer/pianist/conductor (Hill Songs), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1908 - Louis Jordan, Ark, alto saxman (Caldonia)
  • 1908 - Nelson A Rockefeller, (Gov-R-NY) 41st VP (1974-77)
  • 1914 - Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 - Jerry Vale, [Genaro Louis Vitaliano], American singer (Arriverderci Roma), born in NYC (d. 2014)
  • 1931 - Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 - Kim Darby, N Hollywood, actress (True Grit, Enola Gay, Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1948 - Raffi, children's singer (Baby Beluga)
  • 1949 - Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef
  • 1951 - Anjelica Huston, actress (Prizzi's Honor, Alien), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 - Kevin Bacon, Phila Pa, actor (Diner, Footloose, She's Having a Baby)
  • 1961 - Toby Keith, American singer
  • 1998 - Jaden Smith, American actor

Famous Weddings

  • 1290 - Princess Margaret (15), daughter of Edward I of England marries John II of Brabant at Westminster Abbey
  • 1551 - Willem of Orange weds countess Anna van Egmond & Buren
  • 1830 - Magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (24) weds Josèphe Cecile
  • 1835 - Mathematician Ada Lovelace [Ada Byron] (19) weds Earl of Lovelace, William King (30)
  • 1891 - US President Warren G. Harding (25) weds publisher Florence Kling DeWolfe (30) in Marion, Ohio
  • 1942 - British born actor "His Girl Friday" Cary Grant (38) weds American heiress and socialite Barbara Hutton (29)
  • 1968 - MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos
  • 1972 - English prince Richard marries Birgitte of Deurs (Henriksen)
  • 1977 - NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas
  • 1979 - Singer Marianne Faithfull (32) weds Ben Briefly
  • 1989 - Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (33) weds actress Robin Dearden (35)
  • 1991 - "Sanford and Son" actor-comedian Redd Foxx (68) weds Ka Ho Cho at The Little Church of the West in Las Vegas
  • 2000 - Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (28) weds Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey player Bret Hedican (29) at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kona, Hawaii
  • 2006 - "Good Day L.A." co-host Jillian Barberie (39) weds actor Grant Reynolds in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles
  • 2006 - "The Surreal Life" actress Brigitte Nielsen (43) weds model Mattia Dessi (27) at the Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort and Spa in Malta
  • 2013 - Model Amber Rose (29) weds rapper Wiz Khalifa (25) in Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • 1538 - Diego de Almagro, Spanish conquistador (Chile/Peru), killed at Las Salinas at about 63
  • 1855 - Sir William Edward Parry, English Arctic explorer (b. 1790)
  • 1994 - Dick Sargent, actor (Darren-Bewitched), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2006 - June Allyson, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2011 - Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)
  • 2012 - Ernest Borgnine, American actor (Ice station Zebra, Marty, McHale’s Navy), dies from renal failure at 95

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