August 8 in history

August 8 events chronologically

1220 Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula
1503 King James IV of Scotland marries Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland
1576 The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory is laid on Ven, Denmark
1585 John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage
1588 Anglo-Spanish War: Battle of Gravelines: The naval engagement ends, ending the Spanish Armada's attempt to invade England
1605 The city of Oulu, Finland, is founded by Charles IX of Sweden
1647 The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungan's Hill: English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces

Top 7 most famous people born on August 8

1901 Ernest Lawrence a pioneering American nuclear scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1939 for his invention of the cyclotron. He is also known for his work on uranium-isotope separation for the Manhattan Project, and for founding the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
1902 Paul Dirac an English theoretical physicist who made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a member of the Center for Theoretical Studies, University of Miami, and spent the last decade of his life at Florida State University
1937 Dustin Hoffman an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters
1951 Mohamed Morsi the fifth president of Egypt, from 30 June 2012 to 3 July 2013, when he was removed by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi after June 2013 Egyptian protests and 2013 Egyptian coup d'état. He was the first democratically elected head of state in Egyptian history
1964 Klaus Ebner an Austrian writer, essayist, poet, and translator. Born and raised in Vienna, he began writing at an early age. He started submitting stories to magazines in the 1980s, and also published articles and books on software topics after 1989. Ebner's poetry is written in German and Catalan; he also translates French and Catalan literature into German. He is a member of several Austrian writers associations, including the Grazer Autorenversammlung
1969 Faye Wong a Chinese-Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress, who is usually referred to in the media as a "diva". Early in her career she briefly used the stage name Shirley Wong. Born in Beijing, she moved to British Hong Kong in 1987 and came to public attention in the early 1990s by singing ballads in Cantonese. Since 1994 she has recorded mostly in her native Mandarin, often combining alternative music with mainstream Chinese pop. In 2000 she was recognised by Guinness World Records as the Best Selling Canto-Pop Female. Following her second marriage in 2005 she withdrew from the limelight, but returned to the stage in 2010 amidst immense interest in the Sinophone world
1981 Roger Federer a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Most commentators and players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time. He has been ranked inside the top 10 since October 2002 and the top 20 since April 2001

Top 7 most famous people died on August 8

117 Trajan Roman emperor from 98 AD until his death. Officially declared by the Senate as optimus princeps , Trajan is remembered as a successful soldier-emperor who presided over the greatest military expansion in Roman history, leading the empire to attain its maximum territorial extent by the time of his death. He is also known for his philanthropic rule, overseeing extensive public building programs and implementing social welfare policies, which earned him his enduring reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world
1827 George Canning a British statesman and politician who served as Foreign Secretary and was briefly Prime Minister.
1947 Anton Denikin a Lieutenant General of the Imperial Russian Army and one of the foremost generals of the White movement in the Russian Civil War.
1973 Dean Corll an American serial killer who abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered a minimum of 28 boys in a series of killings spanning from 1970 to 1973 in Houston, Texas. The crimes, which became known as the Houston Mass Murders, came to light only after Henley fatally shot Corll
1974 Baldur von Schirach a Nazi youth leader later convicted of crimes against humanity. He was the head of the Hitler-Jugend and later Gauleiter and Reichsstatthalter of Vienna
1996 Nevill Francis Mott an English physicist who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1977 for his work on the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems, especially amorphous semiconductors. The award was shared with Philip Anderson and H. Van Vleck. The three had conducted loosely related research. Mott and Anderson clarified the reasons why magnetic or amorphous materials can some times be metallic and some times insulating. In 1973 he was awarded the A. Griffith Medal and Prize
2010 Patricia Neal an American actress of stage and screen. She was best known for her film roles as World War II widow Helen Benson in The Day the Earth Stood Still , wealthy matron Emily Eustace Failenson in Breakfast at Tiffany's , and middle-aged housekeeper Alma Brown in Hud , for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also played Olivia Walton in the 1971 made-for-television film The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, a role played in the regular series by actress Michael Learned