On This Day in History for May 8 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 132 of 132

  • 1976 The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • 1979 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • 1980 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
  • 1980 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight departs Fort Baker, California. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian piloted the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • 1981 Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, 1 short of record
  • 1984 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1984 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • 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.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1988 Francois Mitterrand elected president of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 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 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
  • 1994 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
  • 1994 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
  • 1994 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
  • 1999 Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 2016 Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, - 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 106 of 106

  • 1968 Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • 1968 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
  • 1972 Keelin Curnuck, Miss New York USA (1996)/Ms Venus Swimwear (1994)
  • 1973 Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese artist
  • 1974 Jon Tickle, English entertainer
  • 1980 Benny Yau, Canadian entertainer

Weddings in History


Deaths in History