On This Day

On This Day in History for May 8 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1969 Cambodia recognizes the German Democratic Republic (East Germany)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1969 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • 1970 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
  • 1970 Thousands of students protest against the Vietnam War following the Kent State shootings in Ohio
  • 1972 Sabena aircraft at Lod International Airport, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Indians holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender

Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • 1974 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau falls

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 1976 The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • 1979 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • 1980 World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated
  • 1980 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight departs Fort Baker, California. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian pilot the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • 1981 Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, 1 short of record
  • 1984 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • 1985 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

  • 1987 Gary Hart quits US democratic presidential race due to affair with Donna Rice
  • 1987 The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1988 Francois Mitterrand elected President of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1989 US space shuttle STS-30 lands
  • 1990 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
  • 1990 Reindependence Day of Estonia
  • 1991 CIA director William H. Webster resigns
  • 1993 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
  • 1994 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
  • 1994 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1994 Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge.
  • 1996 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
  • 1999 Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.
  • 2005 The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
Sinn Féin Leader Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin Leader
Martin McGuinness

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2008 Dmitry Medvedev appoints Vladimir Putin as Russian Prime Minister

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev
  • 2010 Barrow AFC wins English FA Trophy at Wembley, makes them only team to win it at both Old & New Wembley stadiums

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2012 Dmitry Medvedev is confirmed as Russian Prime Minister by the State Duma, after being nominated by Vladimir Putin

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2013 33 people are killed after an overloaded bus falls into a river in Himachal Pradesh, India

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

Event of interestEvent 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

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Explorer
Vasco da Gama
  • 2016 Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, - 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Ebola outbreak declared in north-west Democratic Republic of Congo with 2 confirmed cases and 17 deaths
  • 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
  • 2018 Largest-ever wave at 23.8m recorded in the South Hemisphere at Campbell Island by New Zealand scientists
  • 2019 Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that Facebook should be split up and regulated in "New York Times" Op-Ed essay
  • 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
  • 2019 Iran announces it will stop complying with parts of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal
  • 2019 Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp signs new abortion law, the so-called "heart-beat bill" (comes into effect Jan 2020)
  • 2019 Singapore passes sweeping "anti-fake news" laws bill
  • 2019 Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi who spent eight years in prison on death row for blasphemy arrives in Canada
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • 1963 Clemens Lothaller, Austrian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)
  • 1963 Izabela Kloc, Polish politician
  • 1963 Terry Christian, British radio presenter
  • 1963 Robin Jarvis, British writer
  • 1968 Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • 1973 Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese artist
  • 1974 Jon Tickle, English entertainer
  • 1980 Benny Yau, Canadian entertainer

Weddings in History


Deaths in History