On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1916

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes killing 679 German soldiers
  • Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Famous Birthdays

  • Gordon Scarrott, engineer
  • João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist (d. 1993)