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On this day: July 8

Published On: Jul 02 2013 03:59:32 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

The U.S. Air Force begins accepting female recruits, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack falls from No. 1 after six months, LeBron makes "The Decision," and the last space shuttle mission launches, all on this day.

OTD July 8 - Vasco de Gama
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1497: Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India. He would ultimately arrive at Calicut, India, on May 20, 1498. The discovery would open up a new trade route for Portugal and marks the beginning of the first wave of global multiculturalism.

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