Events, Births, Deaths occured on July 8

Historical Events

1497 - Vasco da Gama departed from Lisbon for trip to India.

1858 - Peace treaty to end the Indian Rebellion (First War of Indian Independence of 1857) took place.

2011 - Bollywood film "Murder 2" directed by Mohit Suri starring Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez and Prashant Narayanan was released.

2011 - Bollywood film "Chillar Party" directed by Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari starring Irrfan Khan, Sanath Menon, Rohan Grover, Naman Jain, Aarav Khanna and Vishesh Tiwari was released.

Famous Births

1914 - Jyoti Basu was born in Calcutta. He was a Bengali politician belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) who served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1977 to 2000, making him the longest-serving Chief Minister of any state of India.

Famous Deaths

2006 - Raja Rao died at the age of 97 in Austin, Texas, United States. He was a writer of English language novels and short stories. He was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Award, Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

2007 - Chandra Shekhar Singh died at the age of 80 in New Delhi. He was the eighth Prime Minister of India. He also held the positions of Minister of Defence and Minister of Home Affairs.

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