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On this day: July 8

POSTED: 12:59 PM PDT Jul 02, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 07, 2013 

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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