What Happened on May 8

Historical Events

  • 1660 English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England
  • 1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
  • 1945 V-E Day; WWII ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender
  • 1980 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
  • 2007 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister
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Did You Know?

Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)

On May 8, 1886

Famous Weddings

  • 1783 First American flag seamstress Betsy Ross (31) weds John Claypoole at Christ Church
  • 1910 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (27) weds first wife Blanche Lasky
  • 1959 Actress Raquel Welch (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch
  • 1967 "Bye Bye Birdie" actress Ann-Margret (26) weds actor and screenwriter Roger Smith (34)
  • 1978 Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah
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