On This Day In History, 8 July

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World Events Today

  • Vasco da Gama set sail from Portugal today in 1497, he would land in India the following year, the first European to set foot there by way of a sea voyage
  • Ronald Arthus Biggs, better known as Ronnie Biggs, one of the Great Train Robbers, who had served 15 months of a 30-year sentence, escaped from prison today in 1965, he lived as a fugitive for 36 years, before returning voluntarily in 2001
  • The Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched for the last time today in 2011, it was the last mission of the 30-year Space Shuttle program

Entertainment Events Today

  • West Germany beat Argentina 1-0 today in 1990 to win the 14th FIFA World Cup Final
  • Wannabe, the debut single by English girl group the Spice Girls, was released in the United Kingdom today in 1996
  • The psychological science fiction movie Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, premiered today in 2010 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London

Family Events Today

  • The American biochemist John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola, was born today in 1831 in Georgia
  • Vivian Mary Hartley, better known as the British actress Vivien Leigh, star of Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire, died today in 1967 aged 53
  • Kim Il-sung, the leader of North Korea from 1948 until his death, died today in 1994

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Chocolate with Almonds Day

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