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

  • Mordecai Anielewicz, Jewish commander of Warsaw ghetto uprising, killed