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

Events in History

Events 101 - 137 of 137

  • 1970 Thousands of students protest against the Vietnam War following the Kent State shootings in Ohio
  • 1972 Sabena aircraft at Lod International Airport, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
  • 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
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 1984 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • 1985 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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

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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 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

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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 wins English FA Trophy at Wembley, makes them only team to win it at both Old & New Wembley stadiums

AppointmentAppointment 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 - 108 of 108

  • 1963 Terry Christian, British radio presenter
  • 1963 Robin Jarvis, British writer
  • 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