On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1943

Day of the Week: Saturday

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

  • Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten, American musician and songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1972)
  • Paul Samwell-Smith, Richmond, Surrey, English bassist (The Yardbirds-For Your Love)

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