2021 August

August 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 8

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.

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

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 Happened On August 8 In History?


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.

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."

The World Health Organization announced the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


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.
Source ABC News

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.

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

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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

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