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  • U.S.
    Monday Aug 8, 1791

    George Washington

    Washington issued his first proclamation for calling up state militias

    U.S.
    Monday Aug 8, 1791

    On August 7, Washington issued his first proclamation for calling up state militias. After appealing for peace, he reminded the protestors that, unlike the rule of the British crown, the Federal law was issued by state-elected representatives.




  • Le Mans, France
    Saturday Aug 8, 1908

    The Wright brothers

    Some newspapers that called him a "bluffeur"

    Le Mans, France
    Saturday Aug 8, 1908

    Facing much skepticism in the French aeronautical community and outright scorn by some newspapers that called him a "bluffeur", Wilbur began official public demonstrations on August 8, 1908, at the Hunaudières horse racing track near the town of Le Mans, France.




  • France
    Saturday Aug 8, 1936

    Spanish Civil War

    Aircraft could freely pass from France into Spain if they were bought in other countries

    France
    Saturday Aug 8, 1936

    The French also sent pilots and engineers to the Republicans. Also, until 8 September 1936, aircraft could freely pass from France into Spain if they were bought in other countries.




  • Mumbai, India
    Saturday Aug 8, 1942

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

    The Quit India speech

    Mumbai, India
    Saturday Aug 8, 1942

    Gandhi opposition to the Indian participation in World War II was motivated by his belief that India could not be a party to a war ostensibly being fought for democratic freedom while that freedom was denied to India itself. He also condemned Nazism and Fascism, a view which won the endorsement of other Indian leaders. As the war progressed, Gandhi intensified his demand for independence, calling for the British to Quit India in a 1942 speech in Mumbai. This was Gandhi's and the Congress Party's most definitive revolt aimed at securing the British exit from India. The British government responded quickly to the Quit India speech, and within hours after Gandhi's speech arrested Gandhi and all the members of the Congress Working Committee. His countrymen retaliated the arrests by damaging or burning down hundreds of government-owned railway stations, police stations, and cutting down telegraph wires.




  • Smolensk, U.S.S.R.
    Sunday Aug 8, 1943

    World War II

    Battle of Smolensk (1943)

    Smolensk, U.S.S.R.
    Sunday Aug 8, 1943

    The Soviets captured Smolensk in the second battle of Smolensk, which begun on 7 August and ended on 2 October 1943.




  • Nagasaki, Japan
    Wednesday Aug 8, 1945

    Second Sino-Japanese War

    Atomic bombings of Nagasaki

    Nagasaki, Japan
    Wednesday Aug 8, 1945

    A Second equally destructive atomic bomb was dropped by the United States on Nagasaki.




  • New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 8, 1978

    Russell Bufalino

    The Extortion Attempt

    New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 8, 1978

    On August 8, 1978, Bufalino was convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment for his part in the extortion attempt. He served almost three years.


  • Iran - Iraq
    Monday Aug 8, 1988

    Iran–Iraq War

    Ending all Combat Operations

    Iran - Iraq
    Monday Aug 8, 1988

    Iraq came under international pressure to curtail further offensives. Resolution 598 became effective on 8 August 1988, ending all combat operations between the two countries.


  • Yugoslavia
    Wednesday Aug 8, 1990

    Kosovo War

    Several amendments to the federal Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

    Yugoslavia
    Wednesday Aug 8, 1990

    On 8 August 1990 several amendments to the federal Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), Constitution were adopted enabling the establishment of a multi-party election system.


  • Kuwait
    Wednesday Aug 8, 1990

    Gulf War

    Kuwait's governor

    Kuwait
    Wednesday Aug 8, 1990

    The Emir (Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah) and key ministers were able to get out and head south along the highway for refuge in Saudi Arabia. Iraqi ground forces consolidated their control of Kuwait City, then headed south and redeployed along the Saudi border. After the decisive Iraqi victory, Saddam initially installed a puppet regime known as the "Provisional Government of Free Kuwait" before installing his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid as Kuwait's governor on 8 August.


  • Dili, Timor-Leste
    Wednesday Aug 8, 2007

    Xanana Gusmão

    Gusmão sworn as a Prime Minister

    Dili, Timor-Leste
    Wednesday Aug 8, 2007

    Gusmão was sworn in at the presidential palace in Dili on 8 August.


  • Mexico
    Wednesday Aug 8, 2007

    Carlos Slim

    The World's Richest Person 2007

    Mexico
    Wednesday Aug 8, 2007

    On August 8, 2007, Fortune magazine reported that Slim had overtaken Gates as the world's richest person.


  • England
    Friday Aug 8, 2008

    IKEA

    Launching IKEA Family

    England
    Friday Aug 8, 2008

    On 8 August 2008, IKEA UK launched a virtual mobile phone network called IKEA Family Mobile, which ran on T-Mobile. At launch it was the cheapest pay-as-you-go network in the UK.


  • Molde, Norway
    Wednesday Aug 8, 2012

    Mohamed Salah

    First UCL debut

    Molde, Norway
    Wednesday Aug 8, 2012

    He made his official Basel debut in a UEFA Champions League preliminary stage match against the Norwegian club Molde on 8 August, coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute.


  • Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 8, 2017

    Google LLC

    Google Fired Employee James Damore

    Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 8, 2017

    On August 8, 2017, Google fired employee James Damore after he distributed a memo throughout the company which argued that "Google's ideological echo chamber" and bias clouded their thinking about diversity and inclusion, and that it is also biological factors, not discrimination alone, that cause the average woman to be less interested than men in technical positions.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Aug 8, 2018

    Amazon

    Amazon has about a 5 percent share of US retail spending

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Aug 8, 2018

    According to an August 8, 2018 story in Bloomberg Businessweek, Amazon has about a 5 percent share of US retail spending (excluding cars and car parts and visits to restaurants and bars), and a 43.5 share of American online spending in 2018. The forecast is for Amazon to own 49 percent of the total American online spending in 2018, with two-thirds of Amazon's revenue coming from the US.


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