8 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Edward Gibbon, 1737
  • Harry S. Truman, 1884
  • Edmund Wilson, 1895
  • Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1895
  • Fernandel, 1903
  • Roberto Rossellini, 1906
  • Romain Gary, 1914
  • Sonny Liston, 1917
  • David Attenborough, 1926
  • Don Rickles, 1926
  • Ted Sorensen, 1928
  • Thomas Pynchon, 1937
  • Peter Benchley, 1940
  • Rick Nelson, 1940
  • Toni Tenille, 1943
  • Gary Glitter, 1944
  • Beth Henley, 1952
  • Melissa Gilbert, 1964
  • Akebono (Chadwick Haheo Rowan), 1969
  • Enrique Iglesias, 1975

Died On This Day:

  • Antoine Lavoisier guillotined, 1794
  • King Kamehameha I, 1819
  • John Stuart Mill, 1873
  • Gustave Flaubert, 1880
  • Paul Gauguin, 1903
  • Harry Gordon Selfridge, 1947
  • Norman Bel Geddes, 1958
  • Elmer Rice, 1967
  • Robert Heinlein, 1988
  • Rudolf Serkin, 1991
  • Alwin Nicolais, 1993
  • George Peppard, 1994
  • Dirk Bogarde, 1999
  • Eddy Arnold, 2008
  • Maurice Sendak, 2012

Today's Events:

  • 1429 - Joan of Arc raises siege of Orleans.
  • 1541 - First Europeans reach Mississippi River; members of Hernando de Soto expedition.
  • 1784 - First recorded hailstorm in America at Winnsborough, S.C.
  • 1792 - Conscription authorized by act to draft white males 18 to 45 into the militia.
  • 1823 - Song 'Home Sweet Home,' popular song by American John H. Paine first performed - in London.
  • 1840 - Alexander S. Wolcott gets first photographic patent for method of taking photos with plates.
  • 1840 - Twopenny Blue postage stamp goes on sale in England.
  • 1862 - America's first dog show held at Barnum's American Museum, New York City.
  • 1886 - Coca-Cola first put on sale at Jacob's Pharmacy, Atlanta, GA. by pharmacist John Pemberton.
  • 1895 - America's first cat show at Madison Square Garden, N.Y.
  • 1902 - Mount Pelée volcano erupts killing 25,400 in Martinique; Saint-Pierre, largest town, destroyed.
  • 1914 - President Woodrow Wilson signs proclamation designating second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
  • 1924 - Afrikaans becomes official language of South Africa.
  • 1945 - V-E DAY! Truman announces end of World War II in Europe; German surrender ratified in Berlin.
  • 1951 - Hart, Shaffner & Marx Co. first introduces the Dacron suit.
  • 1956 - 'Look Back in Anger' opens at Royal Court Theatre, London.
  • 1956 - Mascot/model Alfred E. Neuman first appears in Mad Magazine.
  • 1958 - U.S. VP Richard Nixon stoned and spit upon by anti-American protestors in Lima, Peru.
  • 1973 - Militant American Indians surrender at Wounded Knee, SD, after ten weeks of holding town hostage
  • 1980 - The disease of smallpox officially certified as obsolete, two years after last known death.
  • 1999 - NATO missiles accidentally strike Chinese embassy in Belgrade; riots start against West in China.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Victor
  • Peter of Tarentaise

Holiday:

  • Furry Festival in Wales
  • V-E Day celebrating Germany's European surrender in WWII

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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