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On This Day — August 8th

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August 8th is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 145 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

1264 – Reconquista: In the early stages of the Mudéjar revolt of 1264–1266, Muslim rebels captured the alcázar of the city of Jerez, holding it for about two months.

1576 – The cornerstone of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe’s observatory Uraniborg was laid on the island of Hven.

1918 – The Battle of Amiens began in Amiens, France, marking the start of the Allied Powers’ Hundred Days Offensive through the German front lines that ultimately led to the end of World War I.

1988 – A series of marches, demonstrations, protests, and riots, which became known as the 8888 Uprising, began against the one-party state of the Burma Socialist Programme Party.

2008 – A EuroCity train en route to Prague struck a part of a motorway bridge that had fallen onto the track near Studénka station and derailed, killing 8 people and injuring 64 others.

Celebrity Birthdays

Dustin Hoffman turns 81

Connie Stevens turns 79

Roger Federer turns 37

Meagan Good turns 37

Shawn Mendes turns 19

 

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