On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1943

Historical Events

  • 68th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
  • Admiral Cunningham of British fleet: "Sink, burn & destroy; let nothing pass"

Famous Birthdays

  • Danny Whitten, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Crazy Horse; Rod Stewart - "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1972)
  • Paul Samwell-Smith, British blues-rock bassist, and record producer (The Yardbirds, 1963-66 "For Your Love"), born in Richmond, Surrey, England

Famous Deaths

Person of interestMordecai Anielewicz

Mordecai Anielewicz, Jewish commander of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, suspected to have committed suicide at 24 rather than surrender to Nazi troops that had surrounded his command bunker

Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Mordecai Anielewicz
Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Mordecai Anielewicz
1943 Highlights

About May 8, 1943

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 5 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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