What Happened on May 8

Significant Events

  • 1660 English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England
  • 1835 1st installment of Hans Christian Andersen "Fairy Tales" published by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
  • 1902 Mount Pelée on the French overseas island of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of Saint-Pierre, killing 30,000 and leaving only two survivors
  • 1945 V-E Day; WWII ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender
  • 1980 World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated
  • 2007 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister
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Did You Know?

Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)

On May 8, 1886

Would You Believe?

16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride

On May 8, 1993

Famous Weddings

  • 1783 First American flag seamstress Betsy Ross (31) weds John Claypoole at Christ Church
  • 1910 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (27) weds first wife Blanche Lasky
  • 1959 Actress Raquel Welch (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch
  • 1967 "Bye Bye Birdie" actress Ann-Margret (26) weds actor and screenwriter Roger Smith (34)
  • 1978 Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah
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