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1967Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

1973Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

1966Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open

1988Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in NYC

1963JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression

1948Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours

1960Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open

1521Parliament of Worms installs edict against Martin Luther

1984Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

1541Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River

1834Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle

1958"Dracula", starring Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, debuts

1899Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles)

1933Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.

1947A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

1660English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England

1858John Brown holds antislavery convention

1994President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

1994"Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 perfs

1993Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1989Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans

1907Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

May 8th Historical Events
Date Event
535
John II's reign as Catholic Pope ends 
589
Reccared summons the Third Council of Toledo 
615
St Boniface IV's reign as Catholic Pope ends 
685
St Benedict II'sreign as Catholic Pope ends 
1360
Treaty of Brétigny signed by English & French 
1450
Jack Cade's Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI 
1521
Parliament of Worms installs edict against Martin Luther 
1541
Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River 
1624
Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor & Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna 
1639
William Coddington founds Newport RI 
1660
English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England 
1721
Michelangiolo dei Conti replaces Pope Clement XI, as Innocent XIII 
1741
France & Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg 
1784
Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC) 
1792
British Capt George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Wash 
1792
US establishes military draft 
1821
Greek War of Independence: the Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia. 
1823
"Home Sweet Home" 1st sung (London) 
1834
Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle 
1834
Prussia, Austria & 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
Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre 
1858
John Brown holds antislavery convention 
1861
Richmond, Va, is named the capital of the Confederacy 
1862
Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell Va 
1863
Confederación Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia 
1864
Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway bridge Virginia (Drewry's Bluff) 
1864
Atlanta Campaign: Severe fighting near Dalton 
1864
Battle of Spotslyvania Court House begins 
1871
British-US 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 NYC 
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 1:51¼ 
1898
The first games of the Italian Football League are played. 
1899
The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens. 
1899
Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles) 
1900
John McGraw & Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals 
1901
In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Phila 12-4 
1901
A British appointed commission estimates today that some 1,250,000 Indians have died after a severe drought, lasting since 1899 
1902
Mt Pelee erupts, wipes out St Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000 
1905
In Russia, the Union of Unions organizes under the chairmanship of Paul Miliukov and joins liberal groups demanding parliamentary government and universal suffrage 
1906
Phila A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield & hits 2 HRs 
1907
Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cin 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) 
1912
Film and television production/distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded 
1915
41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4 
1916
German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes 
1916
Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin 
1919
1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane 
1919
Appingedam soccer team forms 
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. 
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* v 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 (Bennett & Byrd) 
1926
A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters 
1926
Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Socks baseball team 
1929
Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway 
1929
NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0 
1931
Operette "Land of Smiles" premieres in London 
1933
Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India. 
1935
Cin Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th & 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, DC 
1941
German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean 
1942
Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea 
1942
German summer offensive opens in Crimea 
1942
1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund 
1943
69th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4 
1943
Admiral Cunningham of Britsh fleet: "Sink, burn & destroy; let nothing pass" 
1944
33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death 
1945
Canadian troops move into Amsterdam 
1945
Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet 
1945
German General Von Keitel formally surrenders to Marshal Zhukov and the Soviets in Berlin 
1945
V-E Day; after Germany signs unconditional surrender it is announced WWII has ended in Europe 
1946
Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game 
1946
The Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn. 
1947
A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon 
1948
Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours 
1949
West German constitution approved 
1950
Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons 
1951
Dacron men's suits introduced 
1951
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
1952
"Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances 
1952
"Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances 
1952
Mad Magazine debuts 
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 Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" premieres in London 
1958
US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas 
1958
VP Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru 
1958
"Dracula", starring Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, debuts 
1959
3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore 
1960
USSR & 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
"Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 perfs 
1962
1st Atlas Centaur Launch 
1962
London trolley buses go out of service 
1963
"Dr No" premieres in US 
1963
JFK 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 HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson) 
1967
Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army 
1967
The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental. 
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 German DR 
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 NYC's Wall Street 
1970
NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99 
1971
"Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances 
1972
Sabena aircraft at Lod Intl, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians 
1973
Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American 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 NYC after 7 perfs 
1976
The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain 
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 Milwaukee 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
USSR announces it will not participate in LA Summer Olympics 
1985
20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Judds win 
1985
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1987
Gary Hart quits US democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair) 
1987
The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland. 
1988
"Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances 
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 NYC 
1988
Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils 
1989
Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans 
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
ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware 
1993
Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title 
1993
16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride 
1994
"Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 perfs 
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 US will no longer repatriate boat people 
1994
Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge. 
1996
NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3 
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. 
2001
36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith wins 
2005
The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day. 
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 Féin as Deputy First Minister. 
2010
The last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process. 
2010
Barrow AFC won the English FA Trophy at Wembley, this makes them the only team in the world to win it at both the Old & New Wembley stadiums. 
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 
2013
Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season 
2016
North Korea Claims Its Nuclear Arsenal Is Just a 'Deterrent' 
2016
Unbeaten Nyquist wins Kentucky Derby 
2016
North Korea leader Kim says will not use nuclear arms unless threatened 
2016
Canelo Alvarez KOs Amir Khan in sixth round to retain middleweight title 
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