685 May 8 St. Benedict II ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
1319 May 8 Haakon V, King of Norway (1299-1319), died.
1429 May 8 French troops under Joan of Arc rescued Orleans.
1450 May 8 Kentishmen revolted against King Henry VI in Jack Cade’s Rebellion.
1639 May 8 William Coddington founded Newport, RI.
1660 May 8 The son of the late Charles I is proclaimed King ending 11 years of civil war.
1725 May 8 John Lovewell, US Indian fighter, died in battle.
1741 May 8 France and Bavaria signed the Covenant of Nymphenburg.
1759 May 8 Hearing of his appointment in the west, General Napoleon Bonaparte left for Paris in order to obtain a different posting.
1792 May 8 US established a military draft.
1792 May 8 British Capt. George Vancouver sighted and named Mt. Rainier, Wash.
1823 May 8 “Home Sweet Home” was 1st sung in London.
1840 May 8 Alexander Wolcott patented a photographic process.
1858 May 8 John Brown held an antislavery convention.
1861 May 8 Richmond, Va, was named the capital of the Confederacy.
1862 May 8 General ‘Stonewall’ Jackson repulsed the Federals at the Battle of McDowell, in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
1864 May 8 Union troops arrived at Spotsylvania Court House to find the Confederates waiting for them.
1864 May 8 The Atlanta Campaign saw severe fighting at Rocky Face Ridge.
1873 May 8 John Stuart Mill (b.1806), British philosopher and economist, died in Avignon, France. He completed his autobiography just before death. Here he wrote that happiness is the incidental by-product of pursuing some other worthy goal.
1881 May 8 Henry Morton Stanley signed a contract with a Congo monarch.
1887 May 8 Alexander Ulyanov, brother of Lenin, was hanged for assassination of tsar.
1895 May 8 China ceded Taiwan to Japan under the Apr 17 Treaty of Shimonoseki. This followed a war over control of the Korean peninsula. Japanese occupation ended in 1945.
1904 May 8 U.S. Marines landed in Tangier to protect the Belgian legation.
1913 May 8 California lawmakers passed Assembly bill 2039, an anti-tipping measure with penalties for both giving and receiving tips.
1914 May 8 William Wadsworth Hodkinson (1881-1971) merged 11 film rental bureaus to create the first US-wide distributor of feature films, Paramount Pictures.
1920 May 8 Sloan Wilson, American author, was born in Norwalk, Conn. He wrote “The man in the Gray Flannel Suit” and “A Summer Place.”
1921 May 8 Sweden abolished capital punishment.
1924 May 8 Arthur Honegger’s “Pacifica 231,” premiered.
1928 May 8 Theodore Sorenson, presidential advisor to John F. Kennedy, was born. Many suspect that he ghost-wrote Kennedy’s book “Profiles in Courage.”
1930 May 8 The Richfield Oil Company tanker Richfield wrecked on the rocks off Point Reyes, Ca., with a cargo or 25,000 gallons of high-test gasoline.
1931 May 8 Franz Lehar’s operetta, “Land of Smiles,” premiered in London.
1933 May 8 Gandhi began a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
1942 May 8 German summer offensive opened in Crimea.
1944 May 8 The first “eye bank” was established, in New York City.
1945 May 8 Oskar Schindler gave a speech and urged the Jews who worked for him not to pursue revenge attacks. An original list of 1,200 of his workers at the Plaszow concentration camp was found in 1999.
1951 May 8 Dacron men’s suits were introduced.
1952 May 8 Allied fighter-bombers staged the largest raid of the war on North Korea.
1958 May 8 Vice President Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru.
1959 May 8 A 3-deck Nile excursion steamer sprang a leak panicking passengers who capsized the ship. 200 drowned just yards from shore.
1962 May 8 The Stephen Sondheim musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” opened at the Alvin Theater in NYC for 965 performances.
1970 May 8 Beatles released their “Let it Be” album.
1976 May 8 San Francisco city craft workers agreed to end their 38-day strike. City supervisors agreed to take Propositions E and K off the June ballot.
1977 May 8 The trial of Pieter Menten (b.1899), a former Dutch SS officer and art collector, began in Amsterdam. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years, but the sentence was reduced to 10 years in 1980.
1979 May 8 Radio Shack released TRSDOS 2.3.
1980 May 8 The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that smallpox had been eradicated from the wild.
1984 May 8 USSR announced it would not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los Angeles.
1987 May 8 An angry and defiant Gary Hart, dogged by questions about his personal life and his relationship with Miami model Donna Rice, withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1988 May 8 Science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein died in Carmel, Calif., at age 80.
1989 May 8 Former President Carter, a leader of an international team observing Panama’s elections, declared that the armed forces were defrauding the opposition of victory.
1990 May 8 NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin was suspended for a racial slur.
1991 May 8 General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of American forces in the Persian Gulf War, received a hero’s welcome as he addressed Congress.
1992 May 8 President Bush wound up two emotional days in riot-ravaged Los Angeles, promising to work harder in Washington to enact a “common-sense agenda” of conservative proposals to help urban America.
1993 May 8 Keron Thomas (16) disguised himself as a motorman and took a NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride.
1994 May 8 President Clinton announced a shift in U.S. policy toward Haitian refugees, saying there would be offshore screening of boat people seeking political asylum.
1995 May 8 Helmut Oberlander (b.1924), a former Nazi decorated for service in a death squad that executed 91,678 people in southern Russia, was extradited to Canada from Florida.
1996 May 8 US postal inspectors wrapped up a two-year sting operation in 36 states against the nation’s biggest child pornography ring.
1998 May 8 Eddie Rabbit, country music singer, died at age 53 of lung cancer. His songs included “Drivin’ My Life Away,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” and “Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight.”
1999 May 8 The Citadel, South Carolina’s formerly all-male military school, graduated its first female cadet, Nancy Ruth Mace.
2000 May 8 The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban discrimination based on weight or height.
2001 May 8 In Malta Pope John Paul II was welcomed on the final stop of his 6-day pilgrimage to retrace the steps of the Apostle Paul.
2002 May 8 FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Senate committee an FBI memo from Phoenix warning that several Arabs were suspiciously training at a U.S. aviation school wouldn’t have led officials to the Sept. 11hijackers even if they’d followed up the warning with more vigor.
2003 May 8 The US Senate unanimously endorsed adding to NATO seven former communist nations: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
2004 May 8 Former Iraq hostage Thomas Hamill returned home to a chorus of cheering family and friends in Mississippi.
2005 May 8 Steve Nash edged Shaquille O’Neal by 34 points to win the NBA’s most valuable player award.
2005 May 8 In India the number of rare bacterial meningitis cases in New Delhi rose by at least 30 over the last 24 hours with 15 confirmed deaths from the disease.
2006 May 8 The White House said it will nominate General Michael Hayden to run the CIA and defended the move to name a top military officer to run the civilian intelligence agency.
2007 May 8 A new study found that US hospitals are charging uninsured patients about two-and-a-half times more than those with health insurance, a mark-up that has been steadily rising despite pressure to level prices.
2008 May 8 In Louisiana Carl Hunter (73), a construction company owner who lost two homes in Hurricane Katrina, claimed a $97 million Powerball prize, a jackpot won off a ticket he bought at a convenience store where he stopped to buy his wife a gallon of milk. Hunter took a lump sum payment that will give him $33.9 million after taxes.
2009 May 8 A federal jury acquitted W.R. Grace and 3 of its executives on all criminal charges that they knowingly contaminated Libby, Montana, with asbestos and conspired to cover up the deed.
2010 May 8 In Utah GOP delegates voted to bar Sen. Bob Bennett (76) from seeking a fourth term, making him the first congressional incumbent to be ousted this year and demonstrates the challenges candidates face from the right in 2010.
2011 May 8 Cuban dissident Juan Wilfredo Soto (46) died in Santa Clara. He was detained May 5 during an anti-government protest. Government opponents accused police of beating him and provoking his death. A medical examiner and relatives of a late Cuban dissident later concluded that Soto died of natural causes and showed no signs of being beaten.
2012 May 8 The US Treasury announced sanctions against Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar and Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 2 sons of Sinaloa cartel drug lord Joaquin Guzman.
2013 May 8 US officials said the Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid, but the money is for humanitarian purposes only and not linked to any decision on arming Syrian rebels.
2014 May 8 Pablo Picasso’s 1932 oil painting “The Rescue” sold for $31.5 million at a Sotheby auction in NYC.

Source: Timelines of History


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