It is the beginning of the eighth month of the year. It is the 213th day, with 152 days remaining.
10 BC - Claudius, the great Roman Emperor is born.
30 BC - Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic. Roman politician and general Mark Antony dies.
527 AD - Justinian I becomes the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
1498 - Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
1770 - American explorer that led the great expedition with Meriwether Lewis to the Pacific Coast, William Clark is born.
1779 - Francis Scott Key, the American lawyer and famous lyricist of "The Star-Spangled Banner," is born.
1819 - Famous American novelist and author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville is born.
1834 - Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 comes into force.
1840 - Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
1843 - Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln and 35th United States Secretary of War is born.
1876 - Colorado is admitted as the 38th state of the Union.
1914 - Germany declares war on Russia at the opening of the War to End All Wars. The Swiss Army mobilizes as well.
1944 - The Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation breaks out in the city of the same name in Poland. It lasted 63 days without support.
1964 - American musician and frontman of the Counting Crows, Adam Duritz is born.
1981 - MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, "Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles.