July 8 - 1497 - Vasco de Gama Sets Sail From Lisbon for India

Vasco de Gama's voyage to India was the culmination of a nearly century long project undertaken by Portuguese Kings to sail along Africa and find a trade route from Asia by sea. Vasco de Gama was the guy who did it first, but finding India by sea was probably inevitable. Nonetheless, Vasco de Gama made himself a national hero, was given noble titles, opened up a massive trade route, was declared the Viceroy of India, and helped create the modern world.

William Floyd