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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 8…

May 9, 2012

Tuesday, May 8.  Here we have it:

1541 – Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo.

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.

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Harry S. Truman

1861 – American Civil WarRichmond, 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.

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.

1927 – Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New YorkFrench war heroes Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli disappeared after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane.

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.

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 onlyBritish Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War.

1945 – World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender.

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 – 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.

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 – The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.


1821 – William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman (d. 1885)

1828 – Henry Dunant, Swiss businessman and social activist, founder of the Red CrossNobel laureate (d. 1910)

1884 – Harry S. Truman, American politician, 33rd President of the United States (d. 1972)

1926 – Don Rickles, American comedian

1932 – Sonny Liston, American boxer (d. 1970)

1940 – Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor (d. 1985)


1903 – Paul Gauguin, French painter (b. 1848)

2012 – Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator (b. 1928)



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