Monday, December 5, 2022 (Week 49)

August 8 in History

What happened on August 8 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on august 8 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on august 8 in history.

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2008
Georgia invades South Ossetia, touching off a five-day war between Georgia and Russia.
2007
An EF2 tornado hits Brooklyn, New York, the first in that borough since 1889.
2000
The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to surface, 136 years after it sank following its successful attack on USS Housatonic in the outer harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
1990
Iraq annexes the state of Kuwait as its 19th province, six days after Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait.
1989
NASA Space Shuttle Columbia begins its eighth flight, NASA’s 30th shuttle mission.
1988
Angola, Cuba and South Africa sign a cease-fire treaty in the border war that began in 1966.
1983
Brigadier General Efrain Rios Montt is deposed as president of Guatemala in the country’s second military coup in 17 months.
1979
Iraq’s president Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents.
1978
Pioneer-Venus 2 is launched to probe the atmosphere of Venus.
1974
President Richard Nixon resigns from the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal.
1963
England’s “Great Train Robbery;” 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen
1950
U.S. troops repel the first North Korean attempt to overrun them at the Battle of Naktong Bulge, which continued for 10 days.
1945
The Soviet Union declares war on Japan.
1944
U.S. forces complete the capture of the Marianas Islands.
1942
U.S. Marines capture the Japanese airstrip on Guadalcanal.
1940
The German Luftwaffe attacks Great Britain for the first time, beginning the Battle of Britain.
1937
The Japanese Army occupies Beijing.
1925
The first national congress of the Ku Klux Klan opens.
1899
The first household refrigerating machine is patented.
1876
Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph.
1863
Confederate President Jefferson Davis refuses General Robert E. Lee‘s resignation.
1844
Brigham Young is chosen to head the Mormon Church, succeeding Joseph Smith.
1786
Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard become the first men to climb Mont Blanc in France.
1648
Ibrahim, the sultan of Istanbul, is thrown into prison, then assassinated.
1636
The invading armies of Spain, Austria and Bavaria are stopped at the village of St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France.
1570
Charles IX of France signs the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots.
1306
King Wenceslas of Poland is murdered.