Events in History on May 8

  • 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, ending the first phase of the Hundred Years' War
  • 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, Rhode Island

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

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1721 Michelangiolo dei Conti succeeds 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

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1834 Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1834 Prussia, Austria and Russia sign classified accord about Belgium

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1835 1st installment of Hans Christian Andersen "Fairy Tales" published by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 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 Spotsylvania Court House begins
  • 1871 British-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
  • 1877 1st Westminster Dog Show held

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1878 David Edward Hughes' paper on the idea for a microphone is read before the Royal Society of London by Thomas Henry Huxley

  • 1879 George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile

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1881 Henry Morton Stanley signs the first of many contracts with the Congolian monarch

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 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
  • 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 Philadelphia 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 Union of Unions organizes In Russia under the chairmanship of Paul Miliukov and joins liberal groups demanding parliamentary government and universal suffrage
  • 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 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.
  • 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 French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco
  • 1926 A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
  • 1929 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway

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1929 Soviet government contract Albert Kahn Associates architectural firm to design the USSR's 1st tractor plant

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1943 Admiral Cunningham of British 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

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1945 German General Von Keitel formally surrenders to Marshal Georgy Zhukov and the Soviets in Berlin

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • 1945 V-E Day; WWII ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender
  • 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 Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki, who had volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz to gain information about the Holocaust, is arrested by Polish communist police

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • 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
  • 1956 John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" premieres in London

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1957 South Vietnamese President, Ngô Đình Diệm, arrives in the United States on a state visit

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm

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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

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1958 US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 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
  • 1961 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
  • 1961 Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
  • 1962 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
  • 1962 London trolley buses (electrically powered buses using overhead supply) 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")
  • 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)
  • 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 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
  • 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.

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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

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