On this day: July 8

Published On: Jul 02 2013 02:59:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Percy Bysshe Shelley
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National Portrait Gallery, London

1822: English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns at age 29 after being caught in a sudden storm while sailing in the Ligurian Sea off the coast of present-day Tuscany, Italy. The author of such poem as "Ozymandias," "Ode to the West Wind," "To a Skylark," "Music, When Soft Voices Die," "The Cloud" and "The Masque of Anarchy," Shelley did not find fame during his lifetime, but recognition for his poetry grew steadily following his death. His second wife, Mary Shelley, was famous herself as the author of "Frankenstein."

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