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TODAY IN HISTORY - 08 JULY 2016


• 1497 – Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.

1808 – Joseph Bonaparte  approved the Bayonne Statute, a royal charter intended as the basis for his rule as King of Spain during the Peninsular War.


1889 – The first issue of The Wall Street Journal, the world's most circulated business daily newspaper, was published. 

• 1914 – Birth Day of Jyoti Basu, Indian politician, 6th Chief Minister of West Bengal (Death on 2010)



1962 – In response to student protests at Rangoon University, Burmese General Ne Win ordered the demolition of the school's Students Union building.

• 1972 – Birth Day of Sourav Ganguly, Indian cricketer and sportscaster

• 2007 – Death Day of Chandra Shekhar, Indian lawyer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of India (Birth on 1927) 





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