The day of August 8 has a special significance in the freedom struggle of the country. In fact, Mahatma Gandhi led many non-violent movements to expel the British from India and on August 8, 1942, he started the Quit India Movement. The day of August 8 has also witnessed a significant incident in Afghanistan. On August 8, 1988, the Russian Army’s withdrawal from Afghanistan began after a 99 war.
A series of other important events recorded on the date of August 8 in the history of the country are as follows: –
1509: The coronation of Maharaj Krishnadeva Raya as Emperor of the Vijay Nagar Empire.
1549: France declares war against England.
1609: The Senate of Venice inspects the telescope prepared by Galileo.
1763: Canada finally became independent of France after years of struggle.
1864: Establishment of the Red Cross in Geneva.
1876: Thomas Alva Edison patented the mimeograph.
1899: A.T. Marshall patented the refrigerator.
1900: First Davis Cup series begins in Boston.
1908: Birth of classical music singer Siddheshwari Devi.
1919: Britain approves Afghanistan’s independence.
1942: Mahatma Gandhi started the Quit India Movement.
1947: Pakistan approves its national flag.
1988: The withdrawal of the Russian army begins after 9 years of war in Afghanistan.
1988: Ceasefire declaration between Iran and Iraq after eight years of conflict.
1990: Iraq’s then-dictator Saddam Hussein declares occupation of Kuwait.
2004: Italy refuses to hand over Ottavia Quattrocchi, the prime accused in the Bofors brokerage case to India.
2010: Tejaswini Sawant became the first Indian woman to achieve this feat by winning a gold medal in the 50m event of the World Shooting Competition held in Munich.