What happened on May 8? There are more than 287 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 8

May 8 In HistoryMay 8 is the 129th day of the year 2020. There are 237 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 19th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Verona, Pennsylvania 15147 sunrise occured at 06:08 AM and sunset occured at 08:23 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 280 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For May 8

  • 413
    Emperor Honorius signs an edict providing tax relief for the Italian provinces Tuscia, Campania, Picenum, Samnium, Apulia, Lucania and Calabria, who are plundered by the Visigoths.
  • 589
    Reccared summons the Third Council of Toledo.
  • 1450
    Jack Cade’s Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
  • 1541
    Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo.
  • 1788
    The French Parlement is suspended to be replaced by the creation of forty-seven new courts.
  • 1794
    Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by revolutionists, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme Générale, is tried, convicted, and guillotined all on the same day in Paris.
  • 1821
    Greek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks at the Battle of Gravia.
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: The Battle of Palo Alto – Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is named the capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1877
    At Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens.
  • 1886
    Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine.
  • 1898
    The first games of the Italian football league system are played.
  • 1899
    The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
  • 1902
    In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast.
  • 1912
    Paramount Pictures is founded.
  • 1919
    Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day. In the United States it was called Armistice Day and is now Veterans Day.
  • 1924
    the Klaipėda Convention is signed formally incorporating Klaipėda Region (Memel Territory) into Lithuania.
  • 1927
    Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli disappeared after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane.
  • 1933
    Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.
  • 1941
    The German Luftwaffe launch a bombing raid on Nottingham and Derby
  • 1942
    World War II: Gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebel in the Cocos Islands Mutiny. Their mutiny is crushed and three of them are executed, the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Japanese Imperial Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
  • 1945
    End of the Prague uprising, today celebrated as a national holiday in the Czech Republic.
  • 1945
    Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre.
  • 1945
    World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender.
  • 1946
    Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial which stood in front of the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • 1963
    South Vietnamese soldiers of Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem open fire on Buddhists defying a ban on the flying of the Buddhist flag on Vesak, killing nine.
  • 1967
    The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
  • 1970
    The Hard Hat riot occurs in the Wall Street area of New York City as blue-collar construction workers clash with demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War.
  • 1972
    Four Black September terrorists hijack Sabena Flight 571. Israeli Sayeret Matkal commandos recapture the plane the following day.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    The rollercoaster Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  • 1978
    First ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.
  • 1980
    The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization.
  • 1984
    Corporal Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three and wounding 13. René Jalbert, sergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour.
  • 1984
    Thames Barrier officially opened.
  • 1984
    The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1987
    The Loughgall Ambush: The SAS kills eight Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a civilian during an ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
  • 1988
    A fire at Illinois Bell‘s Hinsdale Central Office triggers an extended 1AESS network outage once considered the 'worst telecommunications disaster in US telephone industry history’and still the worst to occur on Mother’s Day.
  • 1997
    A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 crashes on approach into Bao'an International Airport, killing 35 people.

Who Were Born On May 8?

  • 1326
    Joanna I of Auvergne, queen of France (d. 1360)
  • 1460
    Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (d. 1536)
  • 1521
    Petrus Canisius, Dutch Jesuit (d. 1597)
  • 1587
    Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy (d. 1637)
  • 1622
    Claes Rålamb, Swedish statesman (d. 1698)
  • 1629
    Niels Juel, Danish admiral (d. 1697)
  • 1632
    Heino Heinrich Graf von Flemming, German marshal (d. 1706)
  • 1653
    Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshall of France (d. 1734)
  • 1668
    Alain-René Lesage, French writer (d. 1747)
  • 1670
    Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier (d. 1726)
  • 1735
    Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter (d. 1811)
  • 1738
    Mikhail Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1809)
  • 1753
    Miguel Hidalgo Mexican revolutionary (d. 1811)
  • 1786
    Jean Vianney, French Catholic priest (d. 1859)
  • 1821
    William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1885)
  • 1825
    George Bruce Malleson, Indian officer (d. 1898)
  • 1828
    Jean Henri Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross; Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1828
    Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk (d. 1898)
  • 1829
    Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American musician (d. 1869)
  • 1835
    Bertalan Székely, Hungarian painter (d. 1910)
  • 1839
    Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist (d. 1920)
  • 1842
    Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist (d. 1909)
  • 1847
    Oscar Hammerstein I, American theater producer and impresario (d. 1919)
  • 1850
    Ross Barnes, baseball player (d. 1915)
  • 1853
    Dan Brouthers, baseball player (d. 1932)
  • 1858
    Heinrich Berté, Austrian operetta composer (d. 1924)
  • 1858
    John Meade Falkner, English novelist (d. 1932)
  • 1859
    Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician (d. 1925)
  • 1884
    Harry S. Truman, President of the United States (d. 1972)
  • 1893
    Edd Roush, American baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1893
    Francis Ouimet, American golfer and businessman (d. 1967)
  • 1893
    Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby player (d. 1963)
  • 1895
    Edmund Wilson, American writer (d. 1972)
  • 1895
    Fulton J. Sheen, American bishop (d. 1979)
  • 1895
    James H. Kindelberger, American aviation executve (d. 1962)
  • 1899
    Arthur Q. Bryan, American voice actor (d. 1959)
  • 1899
    Friedrich Hayek, Austrian-born British economist and philosopher, Nobel laureate (d. 1992)
  • 1901
    Turkey Stearnes, American baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1902
    André Michel Lwoff, French microbiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
  • 1903
    Fernandel, French actor (d. 1971)
  • 1904
    John Snagge, British radio personality (d. 1996)
  • 1905
    Red Nichols, American musician (d. 1965)
  • 1906
    Roberto Rossellini, Italian director (d. 1977)
  • 1910
    Andrew E. Svenson, American children’s book author and publisher (d. 1975)
  • 1910
    Mary Lou Williams, American singer (d. 1981)
  • 1911
    Robert Johnson, American blues musician (d. 1938)
  • 1913
    Bob Clampett, American animator (d. 1984)
  • 1914
    Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • 1915
    Milton Meltzer, American writer (d. 2009)
  • 1916
    João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist
  • 1916
    Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist (d. 1993)
  • 1919
    Lex Barker, American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1920
    Saul Bass, American graphic designer and filmmaker (d. 1996)
  • 1920
    Sloan Wilson, American author (d. 2003)
  • 1920
    Tom of Finland, Finnish fetish artist (d. 1991)
  • 1925
    Ali Hassan Mwinyi, President of Tanzania
  • 1926
    David Attenborough, English naturalist
  • 1926
    Don Rickles, American comedian
  • 1927
    Chumy Chúmez, Spanish film director (d. 2003)
  • 1928
    Theodore Sorensen, American lawyer and special counsel to John F. Kennedy (d. 2010)
  • 1929
    Claude Castonguay, Quebec politician
  • 1929
    Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese actress (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Gary Snyder, American poet
  • 1930
    Heather Harper, Irish singer
  • 1932
    Julieta Campos, Cuban-born Mexican writer (d. 2007)
  • 1932
    Phyllida Law, Scottish actress
  • 1932
    Sonny Liston, American boxer (d. 1970)
  • 1935
    Jack Charlton, English footballer
  • 1935
    Princess Elisabeth of Denmark
  • 1937
    Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
  • 1937
    Mike Cuellar, American baseball player (d. 2010)
  • 1937
    Thomas Pynchon, American novelist
  • 1940
    Emilio Delgado, American actor
  • 1940
    Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • 1940
    Peter Benchley, American author (d. 2006)
  • 1940
    Ricky Nelson, American singer (d. 1985)
  • 1940
    Toni Tennille, American singer
  • 1941
    Bill Lockyer, American politician
  • 1941
    John Fred, American singer (d. 2005)
  • 1941
    Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer
  • 1942
    Norman Lamont, British politician
  • 1942
    Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1943
    Paul Samwell-Smith, British bassist (The Yardbirds)
  • 1944
    Gary Glitter, English singer
  • 1945
    Keith Jarrett, American musician
  • 1946
    André Boulerice, French-Canadian politician
  • 1946
    Jonathan Dancy, British philosopher
  • 1947
    H. Robert Horvitz, American biologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1948
    Felicity Lott, English singer
  • 1948
    Stephen Stohn, Canadian television producer
  • 1948
    Steve Braun, American baseball player
  • 1950
    Robert Mugge, American music documentary filmmaker
  • 1951
    Chris Frantz, American musician (Talking Heads)
  • 1951
    Deborah Harmon, American actress
  • 1951
    Mike D'Antoni, American professional basketball coach
  • 1951
    Philip Bailey, American singer (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • 1953
    Alex Van Halen, Dutch-born American drummer (Van Halen)
  • 1953
    Billy Burnette, American singer and guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)
  • 1954
    David Keith, American actor
  • 1954
    Stephen Furst, American actor
  • 1955
    Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian politician
  • 1956
    Jeff Wincott, Canadian actor
  • 1957
    Bill Cowher, American professional football coach
  • 1957
    Marie Myriam, French singer
  • 1958
    Lovie Smith, American professional football coach
  • 1959
    Ronnie Lott, American football player
  • 1960
    Eric Brittingham, American bassist
  • 1960
    Franco Baresi, Italian footballer
  • 1961
    Akira Taue, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1961
    David Winning, Canadian film director
  • 1961
    Janet McTeer, British actress
  • 1963
    Anthony Field, Australian musician and actor
  • 1963
    Izabela Kloc, Polish politician
  • 1963
    Michel Gondry, French director and screenwriter
  • 1963
    Rick Zombo, American ice hockey player
  • 1963
    Robin Jarvis, British writer
  • 1963
    Sylvain Cossette, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • 1963
    Terry Christian, British radio and television presenter
  • 1964
    Bobby Labonte, American race car driver
  • 1964
    Dave Rowntree, British musician (Blur)
  • 1964
    Melissa Gilbert, American actress
  • 1966
    Claudio Taffarel, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966
    Marta Sánchez, Spanish singer
  • 1968
    Jamie Summers, American porn star
  • 1968
    Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • 1968
    Nathalie Normandeau, Quebec politician
  • 1969
    Akebono Taro, American sumo wrestler, the 64th Yokozuna
  • 1970
    Luis Enrique, Spanish football player
  • 1970
    Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist
  • 1972
    Darren Hayes, Australian singer
  • 1972
    Ray Whitney, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese artist
  • 1973
    Kris Hudson-Lee, English musician
  • 1973
    Marcus Brigstocke, English comedian
  • 1974
    Jon Tickle, English entertainer
  • 1974
    Korey Stringer, American football player (d. 2001)
  • 1975
    Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer
  • 1975
    Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • 1975
    Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Ian Watkins, Welsh singer and actor (Steps)
  • 1976
    Martha Wainwright, Canadian musician and songwriter
  • 1977
    Jennifer Walcott, American glamor model
  • 1977
    Joe Bonamassa, American blues rock guitarist and singer
  • 1977
    Theodoros Papaloukas, Greek basketball player
  • 1978
    Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer
  • 1978
    Josie Maran, American model
  • 1978
    Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978
    Matthew Davis, American actor
  • 1980
    Benny Yau, Canadian entertainer
  • 1980
    Keyon Dooling, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Michelle McManus, Scottish singer
  • 1980
    Panayiotis Kafkis, Greek basketball player
  • 1981
    Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer
  • 1981
    Björn Dixgård, Swedish guitarist, singer, songwriter
  • 1981
    John Maine, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Tatyana Dektyareva, Russian athlete
  • 1981
    Yasuko Tajima, Japanese swimmer
  • 1982
    Adrian Gonzalez, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Thai Muaythai kickboxer
  • 1983
    Juan Martin Goity, Argentine-born German rugby player
  • 1983
    Lawrence Vickers, American football player
  • 1983
    Matt Willis, British singer (Busted)
  • 1983
    Roberto Vitiello, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Nadine Chandrawinata, Indonesian beauty pageant contestant
  • 1985
    Mashio Miyazaki, Japanese actress
  • 1986
    Marvell Wynne, American footballer
  • 1987
    Felix Jones, American football player
  • 1987
    Mark Noble, English footballer
  • 1989
    Lars Eller, Danish ice hockey player
  • 1990
    Kemba Walker, American basketball player
  • 1991
    Ethan Gage, Canadian soccer player

Who Died On May 8?

  • 1192
    Duke Ottokar IV of Styria (b. 1163)
  • 1278
    Emperor Duanzong of China (b. 1268)
  • 1319
    King Haakon V of Norway (b. 1270)
  • 1473
    John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, English politician (b. 1420)
  • 1538
    Edward Fox, English bishop
  • 1672
    Jean-Armand du Peyrer, Comte de Tréville and French Officer (b. 1598)
  • 1766
    Samuel Chandler, English non-conformist minister (b. 1693)
  • 1773
    Ali Bey Al-Kabir, Mamluk Sultan of Egypt (b. 1728)
  • 1781
    Richard Jago, English poet (b. 1715)
  • 1785
    Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman (b. 1719)
  • 1785
    Pietro Longhi, Venetian painter (b. 1701)
  • 1788
    Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born physician and naturalist (b. 1723)
  • 1794
    Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist (executed) (b. 1743)
  • 1819
    King Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii
  • 1828
    Mauro Giuliani, Italian composer (b. 1781)
  • 1837
    Alexander Balashov, Russian general and statesman (b. 1770)
  • 1842
    Jules Dumont d'Urville, French explorer (b. 1790)
  • 1853
    Jan Roothaan, Dutch priest (b. 1785)
  • 1873
    John Stuart Mill, English philosopher (b. 1806)
  • 1880
    Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (b. 1821)
  • 1891
    Helena Blavatsky, Russian-born author (b. 1831)
  • 1903
    Paul Gauguin, French painter (b. 1848)
  • 1907
    Edmund G. Ross, American Senator (b. 1826)
  • 1936
    Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher (b. 1880)
  • 1943
    Mordechaj Anielewicz, Polish Resistance Fighter (b. 1919)
  • 1944
    Themistoklis Diakidis, Greek high jumper (b. 1882)
  • 1945
    Bernhard Rust, Nazi education minister (b. 1883)
  • 1945
    Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of Nazi-occupied Norway (b. 1898)
  • 1945
    Wilhelm Rediess, SS and Police leader of Nazi-occupied Norway (b. 1900)
  • 1947
    Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  • 1948
    U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • 1950
    Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician (b. 1865)
  • 1952
    William Fox, Austrian-born film producer (b. 1879)
  • 1960
    J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (b. 1904)
  • 1967
    LaVerne Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters) (b. 1911)
  • 1969
    Remington Kellogg, American naturalist (b. 1892)
  • 1975
    Avery Brundage, President of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1887)
  • 1981
    Uri Zvi Grinberg, Israeli poet and journalist (b. 1896)
  • 1982
    Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver (b. 1950)
  • 1982
    Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)
  • 1984
    Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1984
    Lila Bell Wallace, American magazine publisher (Reader’s Digest) (b. 1890)
  • 1985
    Dolph Sweet, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1985
    Karl Marx, German composer (b. 1897)
  • 1985
    Theodore Sturgeon, American science fiction writer (b. 1918)
  • 1986
    Ernle Bradford, English historian and writer (b. 1922)
  • 1987
    Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • 1988
    Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer (b. 1907)
  • 1990
    Luigi Nono, Italian composer (b. 1924)
  • 1991
    Jean Langlais, French composer and pianist (b. 1907)
  • 1991
    Rudolf Serkin, Austrian pianist (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Joyce Ricketts, American baseball player [AAGPBL] (b. 1933)
  • 1993
    Avram Davidson, American writer (b. 1923)
  • 1994
    George Peppard, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1995
    Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (b. 1953)
  • 1996
    Beryl Burton, English cyclist (b. 1937)
  • 1996
    Dominguín, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1926)
  • 1996
    Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
  • 1996
    Larry Levis, American poet (b. 1946)
  • 1998
    Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • 1999
    Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1964)
  • 1999
    Ed Gilbert, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 1999
    Sir Dirk Bogarde, British actor (b. 1921)
  • 2000
    Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • 2000
    Dédé Fortin, singer Québécois to group Les Colocs (b. 1962)
  • 2000
    Guadalupe “Pita” Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • 2000
    Henry Nicols, AIDS activist (b. 1973)
  • 2001
    Koby Mandell, Israeli-American terror victim (b. 1987)
  • 2005
    Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver (b. 1981)
  • 2006
    Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    Eddy Arnold, country music star (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • 2009
    Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2009
    Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 2011
    Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (b. 1948)

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