On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1919

Historical Events

  • 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane
  • Appingedam soccer team forms

End of World War I

Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, leads to the creation of Remembrance Day


Famous Birthdays

  • Leon Festinger, American psychologist, born in New York (d. 1989)

Mordecai Anielewicz

Mordecai Anielewicz, Jewish commander of Warsaw ghetto uprising, born in Wyszków, Second Polish Republic (d. 1943)

  • Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, born in Shusha, Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (d. 1974)
1919 Highlights

About May 8, 1919

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 102 years, 6 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Taurus