What Happened on May 8

  • May

Important 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
More Historical Events

May 8 in Film & TV

  • 1958 "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, directed by Terence Fisher is the first Hammar Horror film released

May 8 in Music

  • 1979 The Cure release their debut album "Three Imaginary Boys" (Boys Don't Cry in US, Australia)

May 8 in Sport

  • 1984 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics

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

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