On July 8 in …
1099 –- On the First Crusade, 15,000 thousand starving Christian soldiers march in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
1831 -– John Pemberton is born in Knoxville, GA. He will go on to become a chemist and pharmacist and the person who created the secret formula for Coca-Cola.
1932 –- The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22.
1948 –- The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF).
2011 -– The space shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. shuttle program.