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Notable Historical Events for July 8th

1950Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea

2012119th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats A Radwańska (6-1 5-7 6-2)

1975US President Gerald Ford announced he'll seek Republican nomination for presidency

193959th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (2-6 8-6 3-6 6-3 6-2)

2007114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1)

193368th British Golf Open: Denny Shute shoots a 292 at Old Course at St Andrews

197892nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63)

1918Babe Ruth's blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk, the Red Sox win 1-0 over Cleve, prevailing rules reduce Babe's HR to a triple

198599th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats K Curren (63 67 76 64)

2001108th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Justine Henin (6-1 3-6 6-0)

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Notable Birthdays on July 8th

1838Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Baden Germany, inventor (rigid dirigibles), (d. 1917)

1839John D Rockefeller, Richford New York, US capitalist/founder (Standard Oil), (d. 1937)

1951Anjelica Huston, Los Angeles California, actress (Prizzi's Honor, Alien)

1908Louis Jordan, Ark, alto saxman (Caldonia)

1970Todd Martin, Hinsdale Illinois, tennis star (1988 USTA Boys' 18)

1931Roone Arledge, New York City New York, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football)

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Notable Weddings on July 8th

1977NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas

1891US President Warren G. Harding (25) weds publisher Florence Kling DeWolfe (30) in Marion, Ohio

1830Magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (24) weds Josèphe Cecile

1968MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos

July 8th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on July 8th

2011Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (b. 1918)

1538Diego de Almagro, Spanish conquistador (Chile/Peru), killed at Las Salinas at about 63

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