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    What happened on May 8

    • May 8, 0535 "Death - John [Mercurius] Italian Pope (533-35), dies"

    • May 8, 0589 Reccared summons the Third Council of Toledo

    • May 8, 0685 "Death - Benedict II Italian Pope (683-85), dies"

    • May 8, 1319 "Death - Haakon V King of Norway (1299-1319), dies"

    • May 8, 1360 Treaty of Br‚tigny signed by English & French

    • May 8, 1429 French troops under Joan of Arc rescues Orl‚ans

    • May 8, 1429 Joan of Arc raises siege of Orleans.

    • May 8, 1450 Jack Cade's Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.

    • May 8, 1492 "Birthday - Andreas Alciatus [Giovanni Andrea-Alciato], Italian lawyer"

    • May 8, 1521 "Birthday - Peter Canisius [Pieter de Hondt/Kanijs], jesuit/saint"

    • May 8, 1521 Parliament of Worms installs edict against Marten Luther

    • May 8, 1527 Birthday - Johann Walter composer

    • May 8, 1541 Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Ro de Espritu Santo.

    • May 8, 1541 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River in what will later be part of the southeastern United States

    • May 8, 1577 "Death - Viglius ab Aytta Zuichemus lawyer/President (Raad van State), dies"

    • May 8, 1592 "Birthday - Francis Quarles English poet (Argalus & Parthenia, Emblems)"

    • May 8, 1624 Hung king Bethlen G bor & emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna

    • May 8, 1629 "Birthday - Niels Juel Danish Admiral (Oland, Moen, Kjgebocht)"

    • May 8, 1639 William Coddington founds Newport RI

    • May 8, 1641 Birthday - Nicolaas Witsen etcher/mayor (Amsterdam)

    • May 8, 1660 English parliament asks King Charles II to resigns

    • May 8, 1668 Birthday - Alain R Lesage French author (Turcaret ou le Financier)

    • May 8, 1673 Birthday - Johann Valentin Eckelt composer

    • May 8, 1684 "Death - Henri Dumont composer, dies"

    • May 8, 1703 Birthday - Gottlob Harrer composer

    • May 8, 1721 "Michelangiolo dei Conti replaces Pope Clement XI, as Innocent XIII"

    • May 8, 1725 "Death - John Lovewell US Indian fighter, dies in battle"

    • May 8, 1737 "Birthday - Edward Gibbon England, historian (Decline & Fall of Roman Empire)"

    • May 8, 1742 Birthday - Johann Baptist Krumpholtz composer

    • May 8, 1745 Birthday - Carl Philipp Stamitz composer

    • May 8, 1750 Birthday - Elias Mann composer

    • May 8, 1753 Birthday - Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla father of Mexican independence

    • May 8, 1763 Birthday - John Goldberg Dutch patriot/statesman

    • May 8, 1773 "Death - Ali Bey Egyptian Mameluk head, dies"

    • May 8, 1778 Birthday - Johann Gansbacher composer

    • May 8, 1784 Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC)

    • May 8, 1785 "Death - Pietro Longhi painter, dies"

    • May 8, 1786 Birthday - Thomas Hancock founded British rubber industry

    • May 8, 1792 "British Captain George Vancouver sights, names Mount Rainier WA"

    • May 8, 1792 US establishes military draft

    • May 8, 1794 "Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by revolutionists, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme Gnrale, was tried, convicted, and guillotined all on one day in Paris."

    • May 8, 1794 "Death - Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier chemist (identified oxygen), guillotined"

    • May 8, 1803 Birthday - Joseph Napoleon Ney Moskova composer

    • May 8, 1806 Birthday - Jan Bedrich Kittl composer

    • May 8, 1809 "Death - Augustin Pajou French sculptor (Bachante), dies at 78"

    • May 8, 1810 "Birthday - James Cooper Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1863"

    • May 8, 1814 Birthday - Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin anarchist

    • May 8, 1818 "Death - Franz Ignaz Kaa composer, dies at 78"

    • May 8, 1823 """Home Sweet Home"" first sung (London)"

    • May 8, 1824 Birthday - William Walker filibuster/President of Nicaragua (1856-57)

    • May 8, 1828 "Birthday - Jean Henri Dunant Switzerland, writer/founder (Red Cross (Nobel Peace Prize 1901))"

    • May 8, 1829 Birthday - Louis Moreau Gottschalk 1st internationally recognized US pianist

    • May 8, 1829 "Death - Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani composer, dies at 47"

    • May 8, 1833 "Birthday - Frank Wheaton Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1903"

    • May 8, 1834 "Prussia, Austria & Russia sign classified accord about Belgium"

    • May 8, 1836 "Birthday - Bryan Morel Thomas Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1905"

    • May 8, 1839 Birthday - Francis W Warre-Cornish English vice-provost of Eton/writer

    • May 8, 1840 Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process

    • May 8, 1842 Birthday - Emil C Hansen Danish physiologist

    • May 8, 1842 Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die

    • May 8, 1844 Birthday - Hermann Gradener composer

    • May 8, 1844 "Death - Charles XIV Johan [Jean B Bernadotte] King of Sweden/Norway, dies"

    • May 8, 1846 "American General Zachary Taylor's forces win the first major battle of the Mexican War at Palo Alto, TX"

    • May 8, 1846 "Birthday - Oscar Hammerstein Germany, opera/playwright (Kohinoor)"

    • May 8, 1846 "Death - Giacomo Cordella composer, dies at 59"

    • May 8, 1847 Robert Thompson patents rubber tire

    • May 8, 1853 Birthday - Charles Lee Williams composer

    • May 8, 1853 "Death - Joannes P Roothaan 1st Dutch Lieutenant Colonel-General of Jesuits, dies at 67"

    • May 8, 1857 Birthday - Frits [Frederik H] Tartaud Dutch actor/husband of Alida Klein

    • May 8, 1858 Birthday - John Meade Falkner novelist (Moonfleet)

    • May 8, 1858 John Brown holds antislavery convention

    • May 8, 1861 "American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederate States of America."

    • May 8, 1861 "Death - Lsel Teleki Hungarian earl/revolutionary, commits suicide"

    • May 8, 1861 "Richmond VA, is named the capital of the Confederacy"

    • May 8, 1862 Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell VA

    • May 8, 1863 Confederaci¢n Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia

    • May 8, 1864 Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway Bridge VA (Drewry's Bluff)

    • May 8, 1864 Atlanta Campaign: Severe fighting near Dalton

    • May 8, 1864 "Battle of Antietam VA (Spotslyvania Court House, Laurel Hill)"

    • May 8, 1864 "Death - James Samuel Wadsworth General-Major (Union), dies in battle at 56"

    • May 8, 1866 "Australian Rules Football is created and I still do not understand the game, sorry all you Aussie's"

    • May 8, 1871 Birthday - [mile M] Louis Madelin French historian (French revolutionary)

    • May 8, 1871 English-US treaty ends Alabama dispute

    • May 8, 1873 Birthday - Henry Leveson-Gower cricketer (England captain 1909-10 later official)

    • May 8, 1873 "Death - John Stuart Mill great Empiricist philosopher, dies at 66"

    • May 8, 1876 "Death - Truganini last originating Tasmanian, dies"

    • May 8, 1877 "At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens (ends May 11)."

    • May 8, 1877 The first Westminster Dog Show held

    • May 8, 1879 George Selden files for first patent for a gasoline-driven automobile

    • May 8, 1880 "Death - Gustave Flaubert French writer (Salammb), dies"

    • May 8, 1881 Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch

    • May 8, 1882 Birthday - Philips C Visser Dutch explorer/diplomat

    • May 8, 1884 "Birthday - Harry S Truman Lamar MO, 33rd US President (D) (1945-1953)"

    • May 8, 1884 "Harry S Truman, later to become the 33rd president of the United States, is born near Lamar, MO"

    • May 8, 1885 "Death - Pavel Krizkovsky composer, dies at 65"

    • May 8, 1885 "Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-meter jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, England"

    • May 8, 1886 Atlanta pharmacist (Jacob's Pharmacy) Dr John Styth Pemberton invents Coca Cola (contained cocaine)

    • May 8, 1886 Birthday - Jef van Hoof composer

    • May 8, 1886 "Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invents a carbonated beverage that would later be named ""Coca-Cola""."

    • May 8, 1887 Death - Alexander Ulyanov brother of Lenin/hanged for assassination of tsar

    • May 8, 1891 "Birthday - Chet ""Red"" Hoff pitcher (New York Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+"

    • May 8, 1891 "Death - Helena Petrovina Blavatsky Russian theosophist, dies"

    • May 8, 1892 "Birthday - Ezio Pinza Rome Italy, bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show)"

    • May 8, 1893 Birthday - Francis Quimet Massachusetts shop assistant who won golf's US Open (1913)

    • May 8, 1894 "Death - Klara Fey German orchestra leaser (Die Kleinen Betrachtungen), dies at 79"

    • May 8, 1895 Birthday - Edmund Wilson American critic/writer (Patriotic Gore)

    • May 8, 1895 "Birthday - Fulton J Sheen El Paso IL, bishop (Life is Worth Living)"

    • May 8, 1895 "Birthday - Jos Gmez [Joselito el Gallo], bullfighter"

    • May 8, 1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki

    • May 8, 1896 Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire

    • May 8, 1898 The first games of the Italian Football League are played.

    • May 8, 1899 "Birthday - Friedrich August von Hayek Vienna Austria, author (The Road to Serfdom)/co-recipient of Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (1974)"

    • May 8, 1899 Birthday - Jan F van Hall Dutch sculptor/resistance fighter

    • May 8, 1899 The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.

    • May 8, 1900 250 grave robbers shot to death

    • May 8, 1900 "Galveston TX, hit by hurricane; about 6,000 die"

    • May 8, 1902 Birthday - Andre Michel Lwoff physiologist

    • May 8, 1902 "Birthday - Milford ""Curly"" Page cricketer (New Zealand bat early 1930's, All Black half)"

    • May 8, 1902 "In Martinique, Mount Pele erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast."

    • May 8, 1902 "Mount Pel‚e erupts, wipes out St Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000"

    • May 8, 1903 Birthday - Fernandel [Fernand Joseph Desire Contandin] French actor (Paris Holiday)

    • May 8, 1903 "Death - Eugne-Henri-Paul Gauguin French painter (Tahiti), dies"

    • May 8, 1904 Birthday - John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge BBC news announcer/commentator

    • May 8, 1904 "Death - Eadweard Muybridge English photographer (horse trot), dies"

    • May 8, 1905 Birthday - Inglis Gundry composer

    • May 8, 1906 "Birthday - David Van Vactor Plymouth IN, composer (Chaconne)"

    • May 8, 1906 "Birthday - Roberto Rossellini Rome Italy, director (Open City)"

    • May 8, 1907 Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

    • May 8, 1908 "Birthday - Arturo De Cordova [Rodriguez], Merida Mxico, actor (Medal for Benny)"

    • May 8, 1909 "Death - Friedrich von Holstein German diplomat, dies"

    • May 8, 1910 Birthday - Mary Lou Williams US jazz pianist/composer (Zodiac Suite)

    • May 8, 1910 "Birthday - Ronald Russell actor/manager (We are Angels, Little Dorrit)"

    • May 8, 1911 Birthday - Robert Johnson blues singer (King of the Delta Blues Singer)

    • May 8, 1911 Birthday - Wilhelm F de Gaay Fortman Dutch lawyer/foreign minister

    • May 8, 1911 "Navy ordered its first airplane, Curtiss A-1, Birthday of Naval Aviation"

    • May 8, 1912 Birthday - George Woodcock author

    • May 8, 1912 Birthday - Gertrud Fussenegger [Dorn] Austrian writer (Mohrenlegende)

    • May 8, 1913 "Birthday - Sidney James [Cohen] Johannesburg, actor (Carry On)"

    • May 8, 1914 "Birthday - Lord Murton of Lindisfrarne, deputy chairman (Comm House of Lords)"

    • May 8, 1914 Paramount Pictures is formed.

    • May 8, 1915 Australian 2nd Brigade and New Zealand Brigade in Battle of Krithia

    • May 8, 1915 "Birthday - John Archer Osceola NE, actor (Destination Moon)"

    • May 8, 1915 "Death - Henry McNeal Turner 1 US black army chaplain, dies at 82"

    • May 8, 1915 Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett's account of the Gallipoli landing published in Australia

    • May 8, 1916 Birthday - Gordon Scarrott engineer

    • May 8, 1916 German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes

    • May 8, 1919 Appingedam soccer team forms

    • May 8, 1919 Birthday - Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov composer

    • May 8, 1919 "Edward George Honey first proposed the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later resulted in the creation of Remembrance Day."

    • May 8, 1920 Birthday - Maurice Cranston political scientist

    • May 8, 1920 "Birthday - Sloan Wilson Norwalk CT, novelist (Man in the Gray Flannel Suit)"

    • May 8, 1921 Birthday - Graham Leonard bishop of London

    • May 8, 1921 Birthday - Saul Bass designer

    • May 8, 1921 Sweden abolished capital punishment

    • May 8, 1922 Birthday - Brian Kellett CEO (Port of London Authority)

    • May 8, 1922 Birthday - Friedrich Dppe writer

    • May 8, 1923 "Hobbs scores his 100th 100, 116 vs Somerset at Bath"

    • May 8, 1924 "Arthur Honegger's ""Pacifica 231"" premieres"

    • May 8, 1924 Birthday - Tristan Jones sailor

    • May 8, 1924 "Death - Lev N Lunts Russian writer (Outside the Law), dies at 23"

    • May 8, 1924 Memel territories given to Lithuania

    • May 8, 1924 Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut

    • May 8, 1925 Birthday - Ali Hassan Mwinyi President of Tanzania (1985- )

    • May 8, 1925 Birthday - Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle lord of appeal in ordinary

    • May 8, 1925 French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco

    • May 8, 1926 "Birthday - Don Rickles Queens NY, comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey)"

    • May 8, 1926 "Birthday - Erico Menczer Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)"

    • May 8, 1926 Birthday - Ronald Waterhouse high court judge

    • May 8, 1926 "Birthday - Sir David [Frederick] Attenborough London England, environmentalist/zoologist/TV host (BBC)"

    • May 8, 1926 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park

    • May 8, 1926 The first flight over North Pole (Bennett & Byrd)

    • May 8, 1927 Birthday - Ian Denholm CEO (Murray Investment Trust)

    • May 8, 1927 Birthday - Philip Wilkinson deputy chairman (National Westminster Bank)

    • May 8, 1928 Birthday - Theodore Sorensen presidential advisor (JFK)/author (1000 Days)

    • May 8, 1928 Birthday - William Jay Sydeman composer

    • May 8, 1929 Birthday - V N M Korte-van Hemel Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)

    • May 8, 1929 "Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway"

    • May 8, 1930 "Birthday - Doug Atkins Humbolt TN, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints)"

    • May 8, 1930 Birthday - Gary Snyder [Japhy Ryder] beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)

    • May 8, 1930 Birthday - Heather Harper soprano

    • May 8, 1930 "Death - Lvar Henning Mankell composer, dies at 61"

    • May 8, 1931 Birthday - Charles M Wilson composer

    • May 8, 1932 Death - Albert Thomas French socialist politician

    • May 8, 1933 Birthday - Alistair Service writer/publisher

    • May 8, 1933 Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest of British oppression in India.

    • May 8, 1934 Birthday - Leonard Hoffmann high court judge

    • May 8, 1934 Birthday - Roger Kendrick governor (Dartmoor Prison)

    • May 8, 1934 Birthday - Sonny Liston US heavyweight boxing chmap (1962-64)

    • May 8, 1935 Birthday - Jack Charlton soccer manager (Republic of Ireland)

    • May 8, 1935 "Birthday - Salome Jens Milwaukee WI, actress (From Here to Eternity)"

    • May 8, 1935 Birthday - Viscount Falkland British peer (Liberal-Democrat)

    • May 8, 1936 Birthday - James Darren actor (Time Tunnel)

    • May 8, 1936 Birthday - Neville Purvis British Vice Admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)

    • May 8, 1936 "Death - Oswald Spengler German philosopher (Underworld of Abendlandes), dies"

    • May 8, 1937 Birthday - Danil Robberechts Belgian writer (Labia Majora)

    • May 8, 1937 "Birthday - Dennis DeConcini (Senator-D-AZ, 1977- )"

    • May 8, 1937 Birthday - Michael Simmons Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)

    • May 8, 1937 Birthday - Thomas Pynchon novelist (V)

    • May 8, 1938 Birthday - Javed Burki cricketer (Pakistan batsman in 25 Tests 1960-69)

    • May 8, 1938 Birthday - Pierre Lucien Claverie bishop of Oran

    • May 8, 1939 "Birthday - Otis Paul Drayton Glen Cove NY, 4x100 meter runner (Olympics-gold-1964)"

    • May 8, 1940 Birthday - James Blyth CEO (Boots)

    • May 8, 1940 "Birthday - Peter Benchley New York NY, novelist (Jaws, The Deep)"

    • May 8, 1940 "Birthday - Rick [Eric Hilliard] Nelson Teaneck NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)"

    • May 8, 1941 "Birthday - James A Traficant Jr (Representative-D-OH, 1985- )"

    • May 8, 1941 "Birthday - Jim Mitchum Bridgeport CT, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6)"

    • May 8, 1941 Birthday - John Fred rocker

    • May 8, 1941 "Death - Heinrich Zollner composer, dies at 86"

    • May 8, 1941 German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean

    • May 8, 1942 "Birthday - Euclid ""Motorhead"" Sherwood rocker (Mothers Of Invention)"

    • May 8, 1942 Birthday - Norman Lamont MP/Chancellor of Exchequer

    • May 8, 1942 Birthday - Robin Hobbs cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)

    • May 8, 1942 Birthday - Ruth Holland journalist

    • May 8, 1942 German summer offensive opens in Crimea

    • May 8, 1942 "HMS OLYMPUS, sunk off Malta Grand Harbour - German E-boat-laid mines. On passage with personnel from Malta to Gibraltar, including many of the crews of bombed submarines P.36 and P.39; few survivors"

    • May 8, 1942 "World War II: Gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebelled in the Cocos Islands Mutiny. Their mutiny was crushed and three of them were executed, the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War."

    • May 8, 1943 "Admiral Cunningham of British fleet orders: ""Sink, burn & destroy; let nothing pass"""

    • May 8, 1943 "Birthday - Paul Samwell-Smith London England, rocker (The Yardbirds-For Your Love)"

    • May 8, 1943 "Birthday - Toni Tennille Montgomery AL, female Beachboy (Captain & Tennille)"

    • May 8, 1943 "Death - Mordicai Anielewicz commander of Warsaw ghetto uprising, killed"

    • May 8, 1944 33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death

    • May 8, 1944 "Birthday - Gary Glitter [Paul Gadd] Banbury Oxfordshire England, rocker (Rock & Roll Part II)"

    • May 8, 1944 The first eye bank is established in New York City

    • May 8, 1944 U-575 sinks Asphodel

    • May 8, 1945 Birthday - Arthur Docters van Leeuwen jurist (Holland's secret service)

    • May 8, 1945 Birthday - Keith Jarrett jazz musician/film composer (Nachtfahrer)

    • May 8, 1945 Canadian troops move into Amsterdam

    • May 8, 1945 "Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet"

    • May 8, 1945 Combat in Europe ends in World War II: VE Day. German forces agree to an unconditional surrender.

    • May 8, 1945 "End of the Prague uprising, today still celebrated as national holiday in the Czech Republic"

    • May 8, 1945 General Von Keitel surrenders to Marshal Zhukov near Berlin

    • May 8, 1945 Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Stif massacre.

    • May 8, 1945 "In Berlin, the unconditional surrender is ratified, marking an end to twelve and a half years of the Nazi Third Reich."

    • May 8, 1946 The Estonian school girls Aili Jgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.

    • May 8, 1947 Birthday - Felicity Lott English soprano (We come to the river)

    • May 8, 1947 Birthday - Phil Sawyer rocker (Spencer Davis Group)

    • May 8, 1947 "Birthday - Rick Zehringer Celina OH, rocker (McCoys)"

    • May 8, 1948 Birthday - John Reid MP

    • May 8, 1948 "Birthday - Maurizio Nichetti actor (Icicle Thief, Volcano)"

    • May 8, 1948 "Bradman scores 146 Australia vs Surrey, 174 minutes, 15 fours"

    • May 8, 1948 "Death - Alfred Holy composer, dies at 81"

    • May 8, 1949 West German constitution approved

    • May 8, 1950 "Birthday - Mark Blankfield Pasadena TX, comedian (Fridays, Good & Evil)"

    • May 8, 1950 Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons

    • May 8, 1950 Death - Franklin Dyall dies at 76

    • May 8, 1951 "Birthday - Chris Frantz Fort Campbell KY, rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)"

    • May 8, 1951 "Birthday - Deborah Harmon actress (Ted Knight Show, MASH, Just the 10 of Us)"

    • May 8, 1951 "Birthday - Philip Bailey rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)"

    • May 8, 1951 Dacron men's suits introduced and we live to regret it

    • May 8, 1952 "Birthday - Beth Henley Jackson MS, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker)"

    • May 8, 1952 "Birthday - Charles J Camarda New York NY, PhD/astronaut"

    • May 8, 1952 "Mad Magazine debuts Great Magazine sure wish I still had the first issue, but mon garbaged it"

    • May 8, 1954 "Birthday - David Keith Knoxville TN, actor (Back Roads, Firestarter)"

    • May 8, 1954 Birthday - Pat Meyers LPGA golfer

    • May 8, 1955 "Birthday - Alex Van Halen Nijmegen Netherlands, rock drummer (Van Halen-1984, Jump)"

    • May 8, 1955 "Birthday - Stephen Furst Norfolk VA, actor (Animal House, Elliot-St Elsewhere)"

    • May 8, 1956 Birthday - Gary Wilmot British? entertainer

    • May 8, 1956 "Birthday - Jeff Madrigali Walnut Creek CA, soling yachter (Olympics-bronze-96)"

    • May 8, 1957 "Birthday - Deana Deardruff US, 4 X 100 meter swimmer (Olympics-gold-1972)"

    • May 8, 1957 "Birthday - Jeff Wincott Toronto Ontario Canada, actor (Night Heat)"

    • May 8, 1957 "Death - Johannes C B ""Jan"" Sluyters Dutch painter, dies at 75"

    • May 8, 1958 "Death - Nasni Matni Lebanese journalist, murdered"

    • May 8, 1958 "President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock"

    • May 8, 1958 "Vice President Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru"

    • May 8, 1959 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship; 200 drown just yards from shore

    • May 8, 1959 "Birthday - Ronnie Lott Albuquerque NM, NFL defensive back (San Fransisco 49er)"

    • May 8, 1959 "Death - Renato Caccioppoli Italian mathematician/pianist, suicide at 55"

    • May 8, 1960 "Death - Hugo Alfven Swedish composer (Midsommarvaka), dies at 88"

    • May 8, 1960 USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations

    • May 8, 1961 "Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington"

    • May 8, 1961 Birthday - Riaz Poonawalla cricketer (Indian 12th man/UAE bat 1994 ICC Trophy)

    • May 8, 1961 "Death - James Fairfax actor (Gale Storm Show), dies at 63"

    • May 8, 1961 The first practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport TX

    • May 8, 1962 Birthday - Terry Baker CFL kicker (Montral Alouettes)

    • May 8, 1962 London trolley buses go out of service

    • May 8, 1962 The first Atlas Centaur Launch

    • May 8, 1963 """Dr No"" premieres in US 007 reigns supreme for over 40 years"

    • May 8, 1963 "Birthday - Clemens Lothaller Austria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)"

    • May 8, 1963 JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression

    • May 8, 1963 "Navy ships evacuate 2,279 civilians from Haiti during crisis."

    • May 8, 1964 "Birthday - Cheryl Richardson Palo Alto CA, actress (Jennie-General Hospital)"

    • May 8, 1964 Birthday - Eric Brittingham rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)

    • May 8, 1964 "Birthday - Melissa Gilbert [Boxleitner/Brinkman] Los Angeles CA, actress (Little House on the Prairie)"

    • May 8, 1964 Birthday - Peter Gill rocker (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax) [or Mar/Jan 8]

    • May 8, 1965 "Death - H T W Hardinge cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies"

    • May 8, 1965 "Theta Chi Fraternity was established at California State University, Long Beach, Zeta Epsilon Chapter."

    • May 8, 1966 Birthday - Eddie Brown CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)

    • May 8, 1966 Only homerun ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (Frank Robinson)

    • May 8, 1967 "Death - Barbara Payton actress (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde), dies at 39"

    • May 8, 1967 "Death - Elmer Rice New York playwright/director/novelist, dies at 74"

    • May 8, 1967 "Death - Laverne Andrews singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 51"

    • May 8, 1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

    • May 8, 1967 "The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental."

    • May 8, 1968 "Birthday - Franklin Langham Augusta GA, Nike golfer (1993 Permian Basin Open)"

    • May 8, 1968 Birthday - John Johnson NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)

    • May 8, 1968 "Birthday - Omar Camporese Italy, tennis star"

    • May 8, 1969 Birthday - Brad Culpepper NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

    • May 8, 1969 Birthday - Duane Forde CFL fullback (Calgary Stampeders)

    • May 8, 1969 Birthday - Swift Burch CFL defensive end (Montral Alouettes)

    • May 8, 1969 Cambodia recognizes German Democratic Republic

    • May 8, 1970 "200,000 Australians participate in antiwar demonstrations (Vietnam)"

    • May 8, 1970 "Birthday - Christine Stark Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)"

    • May 8, 1970 Birthday - Marco Heering soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)

    • May 8, 1970 Birthday - Michael Bevan cricketer (dashing New South Wales & Australian lefty bat)

    • May 8, 1970 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street

    • May 8, 1970 The Hard Hat riot occurs in the Wall Street area of New York City as blue-collar construction workers clash with anti-war demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War.

    • May 8, 1971 Birthday - Carlos Brooks NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)

    • May 8, 1971 Birthday - Chris Wolf actor/musician (Guys Next Door)

    • May 8, 1971 Birthday - Stephen Ingram NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

    • May 8, 1971 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden

    • May 8, 1972 Birthday - Chris Sanders NFL wide receiver (Tennessee/Houston Oilers)

    • May 8, 1972 Birthday - Keelin Curnuck Miss New York USA (1996)/Ms Venus Swimwear (1994)

    • May 8, 1972 "Sabena aircraft at Lod International, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians"

    • May 8, 1972 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft mine Haiphong Harbor in North Vietnam.

    • May 8, 1972 Vietnam War U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announces his order to place mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation.

    • May 8, 1973 "A 71-day standoff, between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, ends with the surrender of the militants."

    • May 8, 1973 "Birthday - Wolf Wigo Abington PA, water polo driver (Olympics-96)"

    • May 8, 1973 "Death - Ralph Miller last 19th century baseball player, dies"

    • May 8, 1973 Indians holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender

    • May 8, 1974 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted

    • May 8, 1974 Birthday - Calvin Branch cornerback (Oakland Raiders)

    • May 8, 1974 "Birthday - Colin Daynes Windsor Ontario, 68 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics-96)"

    • May 8, 1974 Birthday - Korey Stringer NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings)

    • May 8, 1974 Canadian Government of Trudeau falls

    • May 8, 1974 "Death - Graham Bond rocker, dies jumping under a train"

    • May 8, 1975 "Death - Avery Brundage CEO (International Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87"

    • May 8, 1976 "Birthday - Oleg Tverdovsky Donetsk Ukr, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)"

    • May 8, 1976 Death - Alan Baxter dies at 67

    • May 8, 1976 "Death - Ulrike Meinhof lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies"

    • May 8, 1976 Number one hit on UK music charts - Abba - Fernando

    • May 8, 1977 "David Berkowitz pleads guilty in ""Son of Sam"" 44-caliber shootings"

    • May 8, 1978 "Birthday - Cindy Parlow Memphis TN, soccer forward (Olympics-96)"

    • May 8, 1978 "Birthday - Sandra Kleinova Prague Czechoslovakia, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-Finland)"

    • May 8, 1979 "Birthday - Jayna Cronin Geneva NY, dance skater (& Dreger-1997 National-13th)"

    • May 8, 1979 "Death - Talcott Parsons US sociologist, dies at 76"

    • May 8, 1979 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3

    • May 8, 1981 "Death - Daniel Gills Belgian writer, dies at 64"

    • May 8, 1981 "Death - Margaret Lindsay actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies from emphysema at 40"

    • May 8, 1981 "Death - Maurice Fernandes cricket captain (West Indies in 1st Test win, 1930 vs England), dies"

    • May 8, 1982 "Death - Gilles Villeneuve Canadian auto racer, dies in an accident"

    • May 8, 1982 Formula One pilot Gilles Villeneuve dies in a crash during practice for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder.

    • May 8, 1984 "Cpl. Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three and wounding 13. Ren Jalbert, sergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour."

    • May 8, 1984 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed

    • May 8, 1985 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Judds win

    • May 8, 1985 "Death - Dolph Sweet actor (Gimme a Break, Gil McGowan-Another World), dies of cancer at 64"

    • May 8, 1985 "Death - Edmond O'Brien actor (Sam Benedict), dies at 69 of Alzheimer's disease"

    • May 8, 1985 "Death - Karl Marx German composer/conductor, dies at 87"

    • May 8, 1987 "Death - Pam Ewing (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off"

    • May 8, 1987 Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair)

    • May 8, 1987 The SAS carries out the Loughgall ambush.

    • May 8, 1988 A fire at Illinois Bell's Hinsdale Central Office triggered an extended 1AESS outage once considered the 'worst telecommunications disaster in US telephone industry history' is still the worst to occur on Mother's Day.

    • May 8, 1988 "Death - Robert A Heinlein sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80"

    • May 8, 1988 Fran‡ois Mitterrand elected President of France

    • May 8, 1988 "Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in NYC"

    • May 8, 1990 "Death - Tomas O'Fiach [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies"

    • May 8, 1991 CIA director William H Webster resigns

    • May 8, 1991 "Death - Jean Langlais composer, dies at 84"

    • May 8, 1991 "Death - Lloyd Ford stuntman, dies at 79"

    • May 8, 1991 "Death - Ronnie Brody British actor (Superman 3, What's Up Nurse), dies at 72"

    • May 8, 1992 "Death - Addeke H Boerma director-general (FAO), dies at 80"

    • May 8, 1992 "Death - Brian Moore writer (Catholics), dies of heart failure at 59"

    • May 8, 1992 "Death - Gul Mahomed cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), dies"

    • May 8, 1992 "Death - Margaretha D Ferguson-Wigerink author (Fear on Java), dies"

    • May 8, 1992 "Death - Richard Derr actor (When Worlds Collide), dies at 74 of cancer"

    • May 8, 1993 "16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride"

    • May 8, 1993 Death - Kees Deenik singer/conductor

    • May 8, 1993 Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

    • May 8, 1994 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes

    • May 8, 1994 "Death - Cobina W ""Coby"" Molenaar peace activist, dies at 88"

    • May 8, 1994 "Death - George Peppard actor (Breakfast at Tiffanys, A-Team), dies at 65"

    • May 8, 1994 "Death - Rupert Haselden journalist/screenwriter, dies at 36"

    • May 8, 1994 "Death - Steven Keats actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48"

    • May 8, 1994 Ernesto P‚rez Balladares elected President of Panama

    • May 8, 1994 Jos‚ Maria Figueres becomes President of Costa Rica

    • May 8, 1995 "Death - Carroll Best bluegrass banjo, dies at 63"

    • May 8, 1995 "Death - Jerry Zipkin socialite, dies at 80"

    • May 8, 1995 "Death - Prem Bhatia journalist, dies at 83"

    • May 8, 1995 "Death - Teresa Teng singer, dies at 41"

    • May 8, 1996 "Death - Jane Cowan cello teacher, dies at 80"

    • May 8, 1996 "Death - Luis Miguel Domiguin bullfighter, dies at 69"

    • May 8, 1996 "Death - Serge Chermayeff architect/designer, dies at 95"

    • May 8, 1996 South Africa's Const Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution

    • May 8, 1996 "The Constitutional Assembly of South Africa ratifies the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. Considered one of the most liberal Constitutions in the world regarding Human Rights."

    • May 8, 1997 "Death - Kai-Uwe Von Hassel German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies"

    • May 8, 1997 Tea Leoni & David Duchovny wed in Greenwich Village

    • May 8, 1999 Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.

    • May 8, 2005 "The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day."

    • May 8, 2007 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed under the leadership of Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party as First Minister and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fin as Deputy First Minister.

    • May 8, 2011 Today is Mother's Day - Call or visit your mom.







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