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Sunday 8 July 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 1970 – Richard Nixon delivers a special congressional message enunciating Native American self-determination as official US Indian policy, leading to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975.
  • 1948 – The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF).
  • 1933 – The first rugby union test match between the Wallabies of Australia and the Springboks of South Africa is played at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.
  • 1912 – Henrique Mitchell de Paiva Couceiro leads an unsuccessful royalist attack against the First Portuguese Republic in Chaves.
  • 1889 – The first issue of The Wall Street Journal is published.
  • 1776 – Church bells (possibly including the Liberty Bell) are rung after John Nixon delivers the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence of the United States.
  • 1579 – Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, is discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan.
  • 1497 – Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.

Births

  • 1998 – Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, American actor and rapper
  • 1983 – John Bowker, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Hakim Warrick, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Sophia Bush, American actress and director
  • 1980 – Eric Chouinard, American-Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 – Mat McBriar, American football player
  • 1978 – Rachael Lillis, American voice actress
  • 1977 – Milo Ventimiglia, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1976 – David Kennedy, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1970 – Beck, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1970 – Todd Martin, American tennis player and coach
  • 1969 – George Fisher, American singer-songwriter
  • 1968 – Billy Crudup, American actor
  • 1968 – Michael Weatherly, American actor
  • 1965 – Dan Levinson, American clarinet player, saxophonist, and bandleader
  • 1963 – Mark Christopher, American director and screenwriter
  • 1962 – Joan Osborne, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1961 – Toby Keith, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1958 – Kevin Bacon, American actor and musician
  • 1957 – Carlos Cavazo, Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1952 – Jack Lambert, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1952 – Larry Garner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1952 – Marianne Williamson, American author and activist
  • 1951 – Alan Ashby, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster
  • 1951 – Anjelica Huston, American actress and director
  • 1949 – Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-American chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur
  • 1948 – Ruby Sales, American civil-rights activist
  • 1947 – Kim Darby, American actress
  • 1947 – Luis Fernando Figari, Peruvian religious leader, founded the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • 1944 – Jaimoe, American drummer
  • 1944 – Jeffrey Tambor, American actor and singer
  • 1942 – Phil Gramm, American economist and politician
  • 1940 – Joe B. Mauldin, American bass player and songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1935 – John David Crow, American football player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1935 – Steve Lawrence, American actor and singer
  • 1930 – Chris Adams, American author and retired United States Air Force officer
  • 1930 – Jerry Vale, American singer (d. 2014)
  • 1926 – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-American psychiatrist and author (d. 2004)
  • 1926 – John Dingell, American lieutenant and politician
  • 1925 – Arthur Imperatore Sr., Italian-American businessman from New Jersey
  • 1925 – Bill Mackrides, American football quarterback
  • 1924 – Charles C. Droz, American politician
  • 1924 – Johnnie Johnson, American pianist and songwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1923 – Harrison Dillard, American sprinter and hurdler
  • 1918 – Craig Stevens, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1918 – Irwin Hasen, American illustrator (d. 2015)
  • 1918 – Paul B. Fay, American businessman, soldier, and diplomat, 12th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Faye Emerson, American actress (d. 1983)
  • 1917 – J. F. Powers, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1999)
  • 1916 – Jean Rouverol, American author, actress and screenwriter (d. 2017)
  • 1915 – Neil D. Van Sickle, American Air Force major general
  • 1914 – Billy Eckstine, American singer and trumpet player (d. 1993)
  • 1908 – Louis Jordan, American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and actor (d. 1975)
  • 1908 – Nelson Rockefeller, American businessman and politician, 41st Vice President of the United States (d. 1979)
  • 1907 – George W. Romney, American businessman and politician, 43rd Governor of Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1906 – Philip Johnson, American architect, designed the IDS Center and PPG Place (d. 2005)
  • 1900 – George Antheil, American pianist, composer, and author (d. 1959)
  • 1898 – Melville Ruick, American actor (d. 1972)
  • 1893 – R. Carlyle Buley, American historian and author (d. 1968)
  • 1890 – Stanton Macdonald-Wright, American painter (d. 1973)
  • 1885 – Hugo Boss, German fashion designer, founded Hugo Boss (d. 1948)
  • 1882 – Percy Grainger, Australian-American pianist and composer (d. 1961)
  • 1839 – John D. Rockefeller, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil Company (d. 1937)
  • 1838 – Eli Lilly, American soldier, chemist, and businessman, founded Eli Lilly and Company (d. 1898)
  • 1838 – Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and businessman, founded the Zeppelin Airship Company (d. 1917)
  • 1831 – John Pemberton, American chemist and pharmacist, invented Coca-Cola (d. 1888)
  • 1830 – Frederick W. Seward, American lawyer and politician, 6th United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1915)

Deaths

  • 2015 – James Tate, American poet (b. 1943)
  • 2015 – Ken Stabler, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1945)
  • 2014 – Howard Siler, American bobsledder and coach (b. 1945)
  • 2014 – John V. Evans, American soldier and politician, 27th Governor of Idaho (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Tom Veryzer, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 2013 – Brett Walker, American songwriter and producer (b. 1961)
  • 2013 – Dick Gray, American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Edmund Morgan, American historian and author (b. 1916)
  • 2013 – Rubby Sherr, American physicist and academic (b. 1913)
  • 2012 – Ernest Borgnine, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Martin Pakledinaz, American costume designer (b. 1953)
  • 2011 – Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)
  • 2011 – Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (b. 1924)
  • 2009 – Midnight, American singer-songwriter (b. 1962)
  • 2008 – John Templeton, American-born British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1912)
  • 2007 – Jack B. Sowards, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2006 – June Allyson, American actress and singer (b. 1917)
  • 2004 – Paula Danziger, American author and educator (b. 1944)
  • 2002 – Ward Kimball, American animator and trombonist (b. 1914)
  • 1999 – Pete Conrad, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 1994 – Dick Sargent, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 1994 – Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American businessman and explorer (b. 1927)
  • 1991 – James Franciscus, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 1990 – Howard Duff, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1988 – Ray Barbuti, American runner and football player (b. 1905)
  • 1986 – Skeeter Webb, American baseball player and manager (b. 1909)
  • 1985 – Phil Foster, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1981 – Bill Hallahan, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • 1979 – Robert Burns Woodward, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1973 – Gene L. Coon, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1924)
  • 1965 – Thomas Sigismund Stribling, American lawyer and author (b. 1881)
  • 1905 – Walter Kittredge, American violinist and composer (b. 1834)
  • 1887 – Ben Holladay, American businessman (b. 1819)
  • 1721 – Elihu Yale, American-English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1649)
  • 1689 – Edward Wooster, English-American settler (b. 1622)
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