July 8 – On This Day In History

8 July

What happened today in history?

  • 1497 – Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct voyage from Europe to India.
  • 2011 – The launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis marks the end of the US Space Shuttle program.

Who was born today?

  • 1831 – John Pemberton – Inventor of Coca-Cola.
  • 1958 – Kevin Bacon – American actor (Footloose, Apollo 13, Tremors)
  • 1980 – Robbie Keane – Irish footballer.

 

Who died today?

  • 2012 – Ernest Borgnine – American actor

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