What Happened on July 8


Historical Events

1870 – US Congress authorizes registration of trademarks
1919 – US President Woodrow Wilson returns to NYC from Versailles Peace Conference
1923 – Walter Mittelholzer flies a Junkers F-13 to Spitsbergen/Oostland
1948 – 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow
1956 – US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1963 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith wins her first of 3 Wimbledon titles beating Billie Jean Moffitt 6-3, 6-4

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Famous Birthdays

1528 – Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy (1553-1580, regained lands of Savoy), , born in Chambéry, France (d. 1580)
1821 – Jozef Lies, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1865)
1857 – Alfred Binet, French child psychologist who invented the first practical IQ test (Binet–Simon test), born in Nice, France (d. 1911)
1910 – Govan Mbeki, South African leader (Head of the ANC, imprisoned with Mandela, father of Thabo Mbeki), born in Nqamakwe district, Transkei (d. 2001)
1952 – Ulrich Wehling, German Nordic skier (3 Olympic golds 1972, 76, 80), born in Halle an der Saale, Germany
2001 – Riele Downs, Canadian actress (Henry Danger), born in Toronto, Ontario

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Famous Deaths

1943 – Harry Oakes, Canadian-British prominent businessman in Bahamas, murdered under mysterious circumstances at 68
1973 – Harry F. V. Edward, British 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1920), dies at 75
1985 – Gardner Cowles Jr., American publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
1991 – Lotte Palfi Andor, German-American actress (Lovesick, All That Jazz), dies at 87
2016 – William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), dies at 98
2017 – Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress (Indian Fighter), dies at 82

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