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July 08 in History

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July 08 in History


Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano arrives in France to report his discoveries in the New World, which included the New York Bay. His voyage became the basis for French claims on the territory.


Birth of Jean de La Fontaine (died 1695), French poet who collected the fables of Aesop and others in his Fables.


Birth of John D Rockefeller, US oil millionaire and philanthropist. When Rockefeller died in 1937, his estate totalled US$26 million, after he had given most of his property to his philanthropies, to his son and other heirs.


US aircraft destroy the Thanh Hoa Tuberculosis Hospital, one of Viet Nam’s three largest facilities for tuberculosis treatment, and a densely populated area around the hospital, during the American air war against North Viet Nam.


Death of Vivien Leigh, British actress of stage and screen; best known for her award winning role in the film Gone with the Wind, she also starred in A Streetcar Named Desire and That Hamilton Woman.


By the narrowest of margins, the International Court of Justice advises that the use or threat of nuclear weapons in war should be outlawed.


NATO extends membership invitations to three former Eastern European countries – Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.


A group of about 150 women occupy the ChevronTexaco Corp oil pipeline terminal in Escravos, Nigeria, trapping some 700 workers inside in a seven-day siege. The women demanded that ChevronTexaco employed their sons and provided their villages with electricity.


Europe’s top human rights court rejects an appeal to grant full human rights to a fetus, saying that is a matter for national governments to decide.


Poland’s governing party accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and recommends party chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski – the president’s identical twin – to replace him. — REUTERS/AP/VNS

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