Historical Events on May 8 (Part 2)

Sports History

2013 Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season

Event of Interest

2013 Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi receives a four year prison sentence for fraud

  • 2014 NFL Draft: South Carolina outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney first pick by Houston Texans

Event of Interest

2014 World's oldest astrolabe (mariner's navigator tool) c. 1498 from Portuguese shipwreck of explorer Vasco da Gama found near Al Hallaniyah Island, Oman

Election of Interest

2016 Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, becomes the 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city

  • 2018 Ebola outbreak declared in north-west Democratic Republic of Congo with 2 confirmed cases and 17 deaths
  • 2018 Largest-ever wave at 23.8m recorded in the South Hemisphere at Campbell Island by New Zealand scientists
  • 2018 Paris St-Germain seals the French domestic football treble with a 2-0 win over 3rd Div Les Herbiers in the French Cup Final at the Stade de France

Event of Interest

2018 President Trump pulls the US out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal

  • 2018 Seattle Mariners MLB left-hander James Paxton hurls a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto
  • 2019 Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that Facebook should be split up and regulated in "New York Times" Op-Ed essay
  • 2019 Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp signs new abortion law, the so-called "heart-beat bill" (comes into effect Jan 2020)
  • 2019 Iran announces it will stop complying with parts of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal
  • 2019 Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi who spent eight years in prison on death row for blasphemy arrives in Canada
  • 2019 Singapore passes sweeping "anti-fake news" laws bill
  • 2019 Thailand's general elections official results show opposition Pheu Thai Party won most seats but still unable to form governmen, due to rules favoring the military
  • 2019 UK goes a week without using a coal-fired power station for first time in 137 years due to use of more renewable energy
  • 2020 11-year old Brazilian skateboarder Gui Khury creates world record by performing 1st 1080 degree turn on a vertical ramp
  • 2020 Two US White House staffers test positive for COVID-19 and three members of the coronavirus task force go into self-isolation after possible exposure to the virus
  • 2021 Bombings outside a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, kill at least 50 people, mostly teenage girls, amid growing fears about US military withdrawal
  • 2021 Indian Medical Association calls for a national lockdown, criticizing President Modi's government's response as recorded COVID-19 deaths pass 4,000 a day

Film & TV History

2021 Tesla chief executive Tesla Elon Musk hosts "Saturday Night Live" in the US

  • 2022 British actor Ncuti Gatwa named as the first black actor to play Doctor Who (as the fourteenth doctor), replacing Jodie Whittaker in long-running BBC sci-fi drama [1]
  • 2022 Dutch runner Jo Schoonbroodt (71) breaks Canadian Ed Whitlock's 2004 record for fastest marathon by person over 70 by 29 seconds (2:54:19) at Maasmarathon of Visé in Belboom, Belgium
  • 2022 Pro-Beijing loyalist and sole candidate, John Lee elected Chief Executive of Hong Kong by the city's Election Committee [1]
  • 2022 Thai government announces it will give away one million cannabis plants to households to mark new rule allowing people to grow it at home [1]

Film & TV History

2022 UK BAFTA Television Awards: "In My Skin" Best Drama, Big Zuu Best Entertainment, Sean Bean and Jodie Comer best acting awards

  • 2022 US first lady Jill Biden visits Ukraine's first lady Olena Zelenska at a school in Uzhhorod, Ukraine [1]
  • 2023 Death toll from flash floods and landslides in Kalehe, Congo, passes 400 with President Felix Tshisekedi declaring a national day of mourning for the victims [1]

The Little Mermaid

2023 Disney live-action film musical "The Little Mermaid" starring Halle Bailey and Melissa Mccarthy, directed by Robb Marshall, premieres in the US [1]