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1975US President Gerald Ford announced he'll seek Republican nomination for presidency

193368th British Golf Open: Denny Shute shoots a 292 at Old Course at St Andrews

1918Babe Ruth's blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk, the Red Sox win 1-0 over Cleve, prevailing rules reduce Babe's HR to a triple

1663King Charles II of England grants a charter to Rhode Island

1896Charles Tupper resigns as Prime Minister of Canada after losing the June 23rd election, his 69-day term the shortest in Canadian history

1988Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992

193959th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (2-6 8-6 3-6 6-3 6-2)

198498th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Jimmy Connors (6-1 6-1 6-2)

1896William Jennings Bryan's "cross of gold" speech at Democrat convention

2007121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2)

2012126th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4)

2001108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0)

196774th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Anne Jones (63 64)

1836HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Saint-Helena

198599th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats K Curren (63 67 76 64)

197892nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63)

2007114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1)

1994Preliminary trial rules there is enough evidence to try OJ Simpson

2012119th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats A Radwańska (6-1 5-7 6-2)

1962Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Kelly Girls Golf Open

July 8th Historical Events
Date Event
939
The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi 
951
Paris is founded 
1099
First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on. 
1283
War of the Sicilian Vespers: Battle of Malta 
1497
Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs for on his first voyage - becomes first European to reach India by sea 
1579
Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, was discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan. 
1663
King Charles II of England grants a charter to Rhode Island 
1672
Willem II becomes captain-/admiral-general 
1680
The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
1693
NYC authorizes 1st police uniforms in American colonies 
1709
Battle of Poltava; Russians defeat Swedes 
1716
Great Northern War: Battle of Dynekilen, a Danish-Norwegian force under Peter Tordenskjold trapped and defeated a similar Swedish force 
1758
British & Colonial assault on French forces at Ticonderoga, NY 
1776
Col John Nixon gave 1st public reading of Decaration of Independence (Philadelphia) 
1777
Vermont introduces new constitution making it 1st US state to abolish slavery 
1778
George Washington headquarters at West Point for his Continental Army 
1792
France declares war on Prussia 
1796
US State Dept issues 1st American passport 
1797
1st US senator (William Blount of Tennessee) expelled by impeachment 
1800
Dr Benjamin Waterhouse gives 1st cowpox vaccination in the US to his son to prevent smallpox 
1805
American Bill Richmond knocks out Jack Holmes, Kilburn Wells, England 
1816
Frost in Waltham, MA 
1822
Chippewas turn over huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom. 
1833
Russia & Turkey sign defense treaty 
1835
Liberty Bell cracks (again) 
1836
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Saint-Helena 
1838
Arabs attack Jewish community of Safed 
1849
St Paul's Place in the Bronx named 
1853
Commodore Matthew Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay 
1859
King Charles XV/Carl IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway. 
1861
CS Gen Sibley is given command of rebel troops in NM territory 
1861
Skirmish at Florida, MI - A rebel encampment is attacked & dispersed 
1862
Odore R Timby patents revolving gun turret 
1864
The Shinsengumi sabotage the Choshu-han shishi's planned attack on Kyoto, Japan at Ikedaya. This event is known as Ikedaya Jiken. 
1870
US Congress authorizes registration of trademarks 
1870
Gov Holden of NC declares Casswell County in a state of insurrection 
1874
The Mounties (North West Mounted Police) begin their March West from Fort Dufferin 
1876
White terrorists attack Black Republicans in Hamburg SC, killing 5 
1889
John L Sullivan KOs Jake Kilrain in 75 rounds (last bare-knuckle bout) 
1889
Wall Street Journal begins publishing 
1891
61°F, highest temp for July 1891, in Baltimore & Phila 
1892
American Psychological Association organized, Worcester, Mass 
1892
St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892. 
1895
Delagoa Bay Railway opens in South-Africa 
1896
William Jennings Bryan's "cross of gold" speech at Democrat convention 
1896
Charles Tupper resigns as Prime Minister of Canada after losing the June 23rd election, his 69-day term the shortest in Canadian history 
1897
Harbor Hospital formally opens 
1898
Phillies' Red Donahue no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0 
1898
US battle fleet under Admiral Dewey occupies Isla Grande at Manila 
1898
The shooting death of crime boss Soapy Smith releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip. 
1900
1st night baseball, league game (Zanesville at Grand Rapids) 
1902
John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck Baltimore & Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles 
1905
Part of Angel Island allocated for Immigration Detention Center 
1905
22nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: May Bundy beats D Chambers (6-3 6-4) 
1905
29th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats N Brookes (8-6 6-2 6-4) 
1905
The soldiers of the Russian ship "Potemkin" who mutinied, surrender to Rumanian authorities, who turn ship over to Russian authorities soon after 
1907
Florenz Ziegfeld staged 1st `Follies' on NY Theater roof 
1908
Uprisings spread throughout Turkey 
1909
1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights 
1911
Nan Aspinwall is 1st woman to make solo transcont trip by horse 
1911
35th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Anthony Wilding beats H Roper-Barrett (6-4 4-6 2-6 6-2) 
1912
G E V Crutchley (Oxford) 99 retired measles v Cambridge 
1912
Giants Rube Marquard loses after winning 21 straight 
1912
29th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Ethel Larcombe beats C Sterry (6-3 6-1) 
1912
36th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Anthony Wilding beats A Gore (6-4 6-4 4-6 6-4) 
1915
The Germans reply to Wilson's second Lusitania note by saying that Americans may sail on clearly marked neutral ships, but Germany does not deal with Wilson's other demands 
1918
Babe Ruth's blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk, the Red Sox win 1-0 over Cleve, prevailing rules reduce Babe's HR to a triple 
1919
Pres Wilson returns to NYC from Versailles Peace Conference 
1922
35th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats M Mallory (6-2 6-0) 
1923
Harding becomes 1st sitting president to visit Alaska (Metlakahtla) 
1923
Walter Mittelholzer flies Junkers F-13 to Spitsbergen/Oostland 
1928
Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader 
1932
Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22 
1932
Herbert Sutcliffe scores his 100th 100, Yorkshire v Gloucs 
1933
46th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats D Round (6-4 6-8 6-3) 
1933
Public Works Administration becomes effective 
1933
68th British Golf Open: Denny Shute shoots a 292 at Old Course at St Andrews 
1935
3rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve 
1938
Would be start of England v Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford Washout 
1938
73rd British Golf Open: Reg Whitcombe shoots a 295 at Royal St George's Golf Club 
1939
59th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (2-6 8-6 3-6 6-3 6-2) 
1941
9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit 
1941
All Jews living in Baltic States are obligated to wear a Jewish Star 
1943
4th day of battle at Kursk: Gen Model uses last tank reserve 
1943
British air raid sinks U-232 
1943
NSB-leader A Mussert meets with Heinrich Himmler 
1943
US invasion fleet passes Bizerta Tunisia 
1944
British troops march into Caen 
1944
Japanese kamakize attacks on US lines at Saipan 
1946
"Tidbits of 1946" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 8 performances 
1946
Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary 
1947
14th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Wrigley Field, Chicago 
1947
Demolition begins for UN HQ in NYC 
1947
Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crashed landed in Roswell, New Mexico. 
1948
500th anniversary Russian orthodox church celebrated in Moscow 
1949
Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson are 1st blacks to play for NY Giants 
1949
The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, Act No 55 prohibiting marriage or a sexual relationship between White people and people of other race groups is passed in South Africa 
1950
33.4 cm rain fall at York, Nebraska (state record) 
1950
57th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats M duPont (6-1 3-6 6-1) 
1950
Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea 
1950
Leroy Deans awarded 1st Order of Purple Heart in Korea 
1951
Yankee Joe DiMaggio & mgr Casey Stengel feud 
1952
19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Phila 
1953
US stops aid to Persia 
1954
KMOX (now KMOV) TV channel 4 in Saint Louis, MO (CBS) 1st broadcast 
1954
Military junta selects colonel Armas president of Guatemala 
1956
Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Syracuse Golf Open 
1956
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
1957
Baeball Owners re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick 
1957
CDC incorporates 
1957
Irish premier Eamon de Valera arrests Sinn-Fein leaders 
1958
25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Balt 
1960
Fidel Castro ends Havana's Intl League team, Sugar Kings move to NJ 
1961
Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies 
1961
Portuguese steamer "Save" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die 
1962
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Kelly Girls Golf Open 
1963
Reports of Charlie Finley's intention to move KC A's to Oakland 
1963
US bans all monetary transactions with Cuba 
1965
Joe Morgan is 1st Houston player with 6 hits in a game 
1966
US airline strike (until Aug 19th) 
1966
King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi. 
1967
74th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Anne Jones (63 64) 
1967
Helen Weston of Detroit rolls a record 4,585 in 24 games 
1968
Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal 
1969
US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam 
1969
IBM CICS is made generally available for the 360 mainframe computer. 
1970
SF Giant Jim Ray Hart is 8th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th) 
1971
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1971
During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; as a result, riots erupted in the city and the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraws from Stormont in protest 
1972
US sells grain to USSR for $750 million 
1973
Mary Lou Crocker wins LPGA MARC Equity Golf Classic Crocker 
1973
NY Mets are 12½ games back in NL and go on to win pennant 
1974
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
1974
Yank shortstop Jim Mason ties record with 4 doubles in 9 inn game 
1975
Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin visits West-Germany 
1975
US President Gerald Ford announced he'll seek Republican nomination for presidency 
1975
Quake damages over 2,000 temples in Pagan Burma, 20-foot-high seated Buddha of Thandawgya decapitated 
1976
Randy Jones wins NL record 16 games before All Star break 
1977
Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs) 
1978
92nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63) 
1978
Alessandro Pertini elected pres of Italy 
1978
Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus 
1979
Congo adopts constitution 
1979
Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles 
1979
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic 
1979
Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14) 
1980
51st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-2 at Dodger Stadium, LA 
1980
All star MVP: Ken Griffey (Cin Reds) 
1981
France performs nuclear test 
1981
PM Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France 
1981
Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0) 
1982
"7 Brides for 7 Brothers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 5 perfs 
1982
Billy Martin records his 1,000th career win as a manager 
1982
Porn star John Homes convicted of receiving stolen property 
1982
Senegalese Trotskyist political party LCT is legally recognized. 
1983
Rudi Koopmans retains European middleweight title 
1984
98th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Jimmy Connors (6-1 6-1 6-2) 
1984
Lauri Peterson wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic 
1985
99th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats K Curren (63 67 76 64) 
1985
Marge Schott becomes CEO of Cincinnati Red 
1986
Farthest thrown object-an "Aerobie" flying ring, 383 m (1,257') 
1986
NASA establishes Safety, Reliability Maintain & Quality Assurance 
1986
Zimbabwe beats Netherlands by 25 runs to win ICC Trophy 
1987
Kitty Dukakis, revealed addiction to amphetamines for 26 years 
1988
Indians' Bud Black sets club record for most batters hit in inning (3) 
1988
Miami Arena opens 
1988
Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking 
1988
Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992 
1989
Carlos Saul Menum becomes president of Argentina 
1989
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1990
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1990
Brewers beat Angels 20-7, including 13 in 5th inning 
1990
Germany beats Argentina 1-0 for soccer's 14th World Cup in Rome 
1990
Greg Lemond wins his 3rd Tour de France (90:43:20 avg 23.3 mph) 
1990
Tina Purtzer wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic 
1990
Trailing 7-0, Brewers tie Angels & then score 13 in 5th to win 20-7 
1991
Pitts Pirate Pres Carl Barger becomes 1st pres of Fla Marlins 
1991
Major league umpire Steve Palermo & former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann were shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed 
1992
Florida Marlins unveil their uniform 
1992
Thomas Klestil installed as president of Austria 
1992
Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe creates the office of High Commissioner on National Minorities. 
1994
Preliminary trial rules there is enough evidence to try OJ Simpson 
1994
Sonia O'Sullivan runs female 2K world record (5:25.36) 
1994
Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches 
1994
St Maarten "Godfather" Claude Wathey sentenced to 1½ years 
1995
102nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Graf beats Arantxa S Vicario (4-6 6-1 7-5) 
1995
1st CFL game between 2 US teams, Las Vegas Posse vs Sacramento Gold 
1997
68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland 
1997
NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join 
1999
Allen Lee Davis is executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida. 
2001
108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0) 
2003
Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 116 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a two-year-old boy who subsequently dies as a result of his injuries. 
2006
113th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo beats J Henin-Hardenne (2-6 6-3 6-4) 
2007
114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1) 
2007
121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2) 
2011
Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program. 
2012
Roadside car bomb kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province 
2012
Tens of thousands protest over election corruption in Mexico City after Enrique Pe 
2012
119th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats A Radwańska (6-1 5-7 6-2) 
2012
126th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4) 
2013
42 people have been killed and hundreds injured after the Egyptian army raids a sit in protest in Cairo 
2013
A dozen people are killed and injured after a hotel collapses in Hyderbad, India 
2014
Germany defeat Brazil by a record 7-1 to make it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final 
2014
Miroslav Klose breaks the World Cup goal scoring record with 16 goals 
2016
Snipers kill five Dallas police, wound six during protests over police shootings 
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