On 8th August 1576, Sarah Houslay, aged 27, from Shipton(thorpe) was hanged with Edward de Satre at York Tyburn, outside Micklegate Bar, and their bodies buried near the River Foss. They were convicted of passing forged promissory notes at an inn in Leeds.
On 8th August 1586, John Finglow or Fingley, aged 32, was executed by hanging, drawing and quartering at York for being a Catholic priest and reconciling English subjects to the Catholic church. Studied at Caius College, Cambridge, and was ordained at Reims in 1581. He was beatified in 1987 as a Catholic martyr. (baptised Barmby in the Marsh 1553)
On 8th August 1871, William Colbeck was born in Myton Place, Hull. He took part in the first expedition to overwinter in the Antarctic, 1898-1900. Awarded Royal Geographic Society’s Back Award. Took part in the expedition to locate Captain Scott’s Discovery. Cape Colbeck in the Ross Sea is named for him, and he is commemorated by a cream plaque in Hull. (Died 1930.)
On 8th August 1991, former Hull University student John McCarthy was released after 5 years as a hostage in Beirut.