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Events and People Who Made History on May 8

6th Century

535 - John II ends his reign as Catholic Pope

7th Century

615 - St. Boniface IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
685 - St. Benedict II ends his reign as Catholic Pope

14th Century

1360 - Treaty of Bretigny signed by English and French

15th Century

1429 - French troops under Joan of Arc rescues Orleans
1450 - Jack Cade's Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI

16th Century

1541 - Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River

17th Century

1624 - Hungarian king Bethlen Gabor and emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna
1639 - William Coddington founds Newport, Rhode Island
1660 - English parliament asks King Charles II to resigns

18th Century

1721 - Michelangiolo dei Conti replaces Pope Clement XI, as Innocent XIII
1741 - France and Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg
1784 - Only known deaths by hailstones in U.S. in Winnsborough, South Carolina
1792 - British Captain George Vancouver sights, names Mount Rainier, Washington
1792 - U.S. establishes military draft
1794 - U.S. Post Office established

19th Century

1823 - "Home Sweet Home" 1st sung (London)
1834 - Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle
1834 - Prussia, Austria and Russia sign classified accord about Belgium
1840 - Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1842 - Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
1846 - 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto Texas
1847 - Robert Thompson patents rubber tire
1858 - John Brown holds antislavery convention
1861 - Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy
1862 - Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell Va
1863 - Confederacion Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia
1864 - Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway bridge Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
1864 - Atlanta Campaign: Sever fighting near Dalton
1864 - Battle of Antietam, Virginia (Spotslyvania Court House, Laurel Hill)
1866 - Australian Rules Football is created
1871 - English - U.S. treaty ends Alabama dispute
1877 - 1st Westminster Dog Show held
1878 - 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
1879 - George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
1881 - Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch
1882 - David Belasco's "La Belle Russe," premieres in New York City
1885 - Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, Engl
1886 - Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
1895 - China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1896 - Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire
1897 - 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51

20th Century

1900 - 250 grave robbers shot to death
1900 - John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals
1901 - In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
1902 - Mount Pelee erupts, wipes out St. Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
1906 - Philadelphia A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield and hits 2 home runs
1907 - Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0
1907 - Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
1909 - Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
1909 - Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
1915 - 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
1916 - German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes
1919 - 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a Navy seaplane
1919 - Appingedam soccer team forms
1920 - 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09
1921 - Sweden abolished capital punishment
1923 - Hobbs scores his 100th 100, 116* vs. Somerset at Bath
1924 - Arthur Honegger's "Pacifica 231," premieres
1924 - Memel territories given to Lithuania
1924 - Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut
1925 - 51st Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59
1925 - French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco
1926 - 1st flight over North Pole by Bennett and Byrd
1926 - A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
1926 - Fire breaks out in Fenway Park
1929 - Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
1929 - New York Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pirates, 11-0
1931 - Operette "Land of Smiles," premieres in London
1935 - Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th beat Phils 15-4
1936 - Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
1937 - 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
1938 - Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks," premieres in Washington, D.C.
1941 - German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
1942 - 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
1942 - Aircraft carrier Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack at Coral Sea
1942 - German summer offensive opens in Crimea
1943 - 69th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
1943 - Adm Cunningham of British fleet: "Sink, burn and destroy; let nothing pass"
1944 - 33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death
1944 - U-575 sinks Asphodel
1945 - Canadian troops move into Amsterdam
1945 - Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet
1945 - General Von Keitel surrenders to Marshal Zhukov
1945 - V-E Day; Germany signs unconditional surrender, WW II ends in Europe
1946 - Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
1947 - A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon
1948 - Bradman scores 146 Australia vs. Surrey, 174 minutes, 15 fours
1949 - West German constitution approved
1950 - Chiang Kai-shek asks U.S. for weapons
1951 - Dacron men's suits introduced
1951 - U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1952 - Mad Magazine debuts
1952 - "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 72 performances
1952 - "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 4 performances
1953 - WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
1956 - John Osbornes "Look Back in Anger," premieres in London
1958 - President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock
1958 - Vice President Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru
1959 - 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore
1960 - U.S.S.R. and Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1960 - Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open
1961 - 1st practical sea water conversion plant - Freeport, Texas
1961 - Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
1962 - 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
1962 - "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 965 performances
1962 - London trolley buses go out of service
1963 - "Dr. No" premieres in U.S.
1963 - John F. Kennedy offers Israel assistance against aggression
1965 - 1st shut put over 70' (Randy Matson 70' 7")
1966 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
1966 - Last game at old Busch stadium, St. Louis Card lose 10-5 to SF
1966 - Only home run ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson)
1967 - Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army
1968 - Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
1968 - Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
1969 - Cambodia recognizes East Germany
1969 - Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
1970 - Beatles release "Let it Be" album
1970 - Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in New York City's Wall Street
1970 - NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
1971 - "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater New York City after 5 performances
1971 - Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden
1972 - Sabena aircraft at Lod International, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
1973 - Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs manager Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, thus technically becoming baseball's 1st black manager
1973 - Indians holding SD hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender
1974 - 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted
1974 - Canada government of Trudeau falls
1974 - FC Magdenburg wins 14th Europe Cup II
1976 - "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger New York City after 7 performances
1977 - David Berkowitz pleads guilty in "Son of Sam" 44-caliber shootings
1977 - Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1978 - ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
1978 - Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1979 - Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
1980 - Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
1980 - World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
1981 - Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, 1 short of record
1982 - Canucks 5-Isles 6 (OT)-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 1-0 lead
1983 - Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1984 - Chicago White Sox beat Milw Brewers, 7-6, in 25 inn (completed 5/9)
1984 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 - Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles
1984 - Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
1984 - U.S.S.R. announces it will not participate in LA Summer Olympics
1985 - 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama and Judds win
1985 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race due to Donna Rice affair
1988 - Amateur referees work New Jersey Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils
1988 - Francois Mitterrand elected president of France
1988 - Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
1988 - Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St. in New York City
1988 - "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 46 performances
1989 - Paul McCartney releases "My Brave Face" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
1989 - U.S. space shuttle STS-30 lands
1990 - Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
1991 - CIA director William H. Webster resigns
1993 - 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman and takes New York City subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
1993 - ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware
1993 - Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 - 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
1994 - Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
1994 - Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
1994 - Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica
1994 - Laura Davies wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1994 - President Clinton announces U.S. will no longer repatriate boat people
1994 - "Rise and Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon New York City after 9 performances
1996 - New York Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
1996 - South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
1997 - Tea Leoni and David Duchovny wed in Greenwich Village


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