Historical Events on 8th May

  • 535 John II's reign as Catholic Pope ends
  • 589 Reccared summons the Third Council of Toledo
  • 615 St Boniface IV's reign as Catholic Pope ends
  • 685 St Benedict II's reign as Catholic Pope ends
  • 1360 Treaty of Brétigny signed by English & French
  • 1450 Jack Cade's Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI

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1521 Parliament of Worms installs edict against Martin Luther

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther

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1541 Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto
  • 1624 Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor & Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna
  • 1639 William Coddington founds Newport RI

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1660 English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England

  • 1721 Michelangiolo dei Conti replaces Pope Clement XI, as Innocent XIII
  • 1741 France & Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg
  • 1784 Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC)
  • 1792 British Captain George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Washington
  • 1792 US establishes the military draft
  • 1821 Greek War of Independence: Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia
  • 1823 "Home! Sweet Home!" by John Howard Payne is 1st sung in London

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1834 Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1834 Prussia, Austria & Russia sign classified accord about Belgium
  • 1840 Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
  • 1842 Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
  • 1846 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas
  • 1847 Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre

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1858 John Brown holds antislavery convention

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • 1861 Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy
  • 1862 Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell Va
  • 1863 Confederación Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia
  • 1864 Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway bridge Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
  • 1864 Atlanta Campaign: Severe fighting near Dalton
  • 1864 Battle of Spotslyvania Court House begins
  • 1871 British-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
  • 1877 1st Westminster Dog Show held
  • 1878 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
  • 1879 George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
  • 1881 Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch
  • 1882 David Belasco's "La Belle Russe" premieres in NYC
  • 1885 Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, Engl
  • 1886 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)
  • 1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
  • 1896 Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire
  • 1897 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51¼
  • 1898 The first games of the Italian Football League are played.
  • 1899 The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.

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1899 Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles)

  • 1900 John McGraw & Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals
  • 1901 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Phila 12-4
  • 1901 A British appointed commission estimates today that some 1,250,000 Indians have died after a severe drought, lasting since 1899
  • 1902 Mt Pelee erupts, wipes out St Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
  • 1905 In Russia, the Union of Unions organizes under the chairmanship of Paul Miliukov and joins liberal groups demanding parliamentary government and universal suffrage
  • 1906 Phila A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield & hits 2 HRs
  • 1907 Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cin Reds, 6-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907 Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1909 Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
  • 1909 Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
  • 1912 Film and television production/distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded
  • 1915 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
  • 1916 German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes killing 679 German soldiers
  • 1916 Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 1919 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane
  • 1919 Appingedam soccer team forms
  • 1919 Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day.
  • 1920 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09
  • 1921 Sweden abolished capital punishment
  • 1923 Hobbs scores his 100th 100, 116* v Somerset at Bath
  • 1924 Arthur Honegger's "Pacifica 231" premieres
  • 1924 Memel territories given to Lithuania
  • 1924 Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut
  • 1925 50th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59
  • 1925 French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco
  • 1926 1st flight over North Pole (Bennett & Byrd)
  • 1926 A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
  • 1926 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Socks baseball team
  • 1929 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
  • 1929 NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0
  • 1931 Operette "Land of Smiles" premieres in London

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1933 Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1935 Cin Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th beat Phils 15-4
  • 1936 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
  • 1937 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
  • 1938 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941 German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
  • 1942 Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea
  • 1942 German summer offensive opens in Crimea
  • 1942 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
  • 1943 68th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
  • 1943 Admiral Cunningham of Britsh fleet: "Sink, burn & destroy; let nothing pass"
  • 1944 33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death
  • 1945 Canadian troops move into Amsterdam
  • 1945 Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet
  • 1945 German General Von Keitel formally surrenders to Marshal Zhukov and the Soviets in Berlin
  • 1945 V-E Day; WWII ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender
  • 1946 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • 1946 Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.

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1947 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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1948 Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1949 West German constitution approved

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1950 Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1951 Dacron men's suits introduced
  • 1951 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1952 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1952 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1952 5th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "La Ronde" Best Film
  • 1953 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1956 John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" premieres in London

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1958 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1958 VP Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru

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1958 "Dracula", starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, debuts

  • 1959 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore
  • 1960 USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
  • 1960 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • 1961 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
  • 1961 Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
  • 1962 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 performances
  • 1962 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
  • 1962 London trolley buses go out of service
  • 1963 "Dr No" premieres in US

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1963 JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1965 1st shut put over 70' (Randy Matson 70' 7")

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1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1966 Last game at old Busch stadium, St Louis Card lose 10-5 to SF
  • 1966 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson)

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1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1967 The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
  • 1968 Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
  • 1968 Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
  • 1969 Cambodia recognizes German DR
  • 1969 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
  • 1970 Beatles release "Let it Be" album
  • 1970 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
  • 1970 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
  • 1971 "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1972 Sabena aircraft at Lod International Airport, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians

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1973 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1973 Indians holding SD hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender
  • 1974 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted

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1974 Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau falls

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 1974 FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 7 performances
  • 1976 The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • 1977 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • 1978 ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
  • 1978 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • 1979 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • 1980 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
  • 1980 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
  • 1981 Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, 1 short of record
  • 1983 Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
  • 1984 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

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1984 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1984 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • 1984 USSR announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics
  • 1985 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win
  • 1985 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1987 Gary Hart quits US democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair)
  • 1987 The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
  • 1988 "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances

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1988 Francois Mitterrand elected president of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1988 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic

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1988 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils

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1989 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 1989 US space shuttle STS-30 lands
  • 1990 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
  • 1990 Reindependence Day of Estonia
  • 1991 CIA director William H Webster resigns
  • 1993 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1993 Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1993 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride

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1994 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1994 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
  • 1994 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
  • 1994 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
  • 1994 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1994 Laura Davies wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies

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1994 President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1994 Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge.
  • 1996 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
  • 1996 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
  • 1996 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels
  • 1999 Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.

Music awardsMusic Awards

2001 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 2005 The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.
  • 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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2008 Dmitry Medvedev appoints Vladimir Putin as Russian Prime Minister

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev
Russian politician
Dmitry Medvedev
  • 2010 The last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process.
  • 2010 Barrow AFC won the English FA Trophy at Wembley, this makes them the only team in the world to win it at both the Old & New Wembley stadiums.

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2012 Dmitry Medvedev is confirmed as Russian Prime Minister by the State Duma, after being nominated by Vladimir Putin

Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev
Russian politician
Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2013 33 people are killed after an overloaded bus falls into a river in Himachal Pradesh, India
  • 2013 Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi receives a four year prison sentence for fraud
  • 2013 Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season
  • 2014 2014 NFL Draft: Jadeveon Clowney from University of South Carolina first pick by Houston Texans
  • 2016 Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, - 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city