August 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, August 8, 1854, Smith and Wesson patented the first metal bullet cartridges?

August 8th is International Cat Day and Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day.

Welcome to day 220 of the year folks, there are 145 days left of the year.

Find out the most need-to-know special historical events that all occurred on this unique day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1854, Smith and Wesson patented the first metal bullet cartridges? This “self-contained ammunition” was a huge leap forward in weapons manufacturing.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 8th in history!

What Events Happened On August 8 In History?

2018 New South Wales, Australia announced that they were 100 percent in drought.

A staggering 77 percent was in drought, while 23 percent was suffering extreme drought.

2016 The South Korean band “Blackpink” released their debut single album “Square One.”

OTD in 2016: The South Korean band "Blackpink" released their debut single album "Square One."

2013 A male cheerleader shot and killed four people, and injured four more at two locations in Dallas, Texas.

When the attacker was found he pretended he was one of the victims too.

2013 A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in Quetta, Pakistan during the funeral of a police officer.

Thirty-one people lost their lives, and fifty were injured.

2012 Flooding in Manila, Philippines claimed the lives of at least 72 people, and 850,000 others were forced to leave their homes.

OTD in 2012: Flooding in Manila

2007 The EF2 tornado ripped through Brooklyn, New York for 18 minutes, causing 9 injuries and $20 million in damages.

1995 Coolio’s hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise” was released.

The single sold over 6 million copies worldwide making it one of the best-selling songs ever.

1992 James Hetfield from the band Metallica received third-degree burns to his arms, face, hands, and legs during a tour in Montreal, Canada.

1991 The Warsaw Radio Mast, in Poland, malfunctioned and collapsed.

OTD in 1991: The Warsaw Radio Mast
When it was constructed in 1974, it was the tallest structure in the world at 2,120.7 ft tall. It remained the tallest until it collapsed on this day.

1989 The Space Shuttle Colombia launched from the Kennedy Space Center for a secret military mission.

Mission STS-28 was the thirtieth of NASA's Space Shuttle missions and the fourth mission on behalf of the US Department of Defense. The details are classified, of course, but it's believed that the shuttle was used to deploy a military communications satellite.

1974 Richard Nixon announced his resignation from being President of the United States of America.

1914 The Defence of the Realm Act was introduced on this day in Britain.

The act gave the government of Britain full power over the country's economy and daily life. The concept behind DORA was that the government could keep the country going while they were at war.

1854 The first metal bullet cartridges were patented on this day by Smith and Wesson.

1786 The US Congress made a final decision on the use of the US Dollar as currency.

In a meeting with the Board of Treasury, on this day, it was decided precisely how the US Dollar will work, its value, and how the currency would be made.

1220 Sweden was defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula.

Famous People Born On August 8

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Shawn Mendes! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

1998 Shawn Mendes

Canadian Singer

Shawn Mendes
23 years old
Born In:
Toronto, Canada
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1992 Casey Cott

American Actor

Casey Cott
29 years old
Born In:
Michigan, USA

1994 Lauv

American Singer

27 years old
Born In:
California, USA
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Special Holidays On August 8

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

August 8: National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day

National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

August 8 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on August 8 share the Leo zodiac sign.

Leo is represented by the lion and is the fifth sign in the zodiac. Anyone who was born between July 23 and August 22 falls into this astrological sign.

People born during August have the Peridot birthstone. Peridot is known as the stone of compassion; wearing this gemstone helps calm anger. Its unique healing powers are also believed to help with depression.

If you were born on Aug 8, you were likely conceived on the week of November 15 in the previous year.

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