685May 8St. Benedict II ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
1319May 8Haakon V, King of Norway (1299-1319), died.
1429May 8French troops under Joan of Arc rescued Orleans.
1450May 8Kentishmen revolted against King Henry VI in Jack Cade’s Rebellion.
1639May 8William Coddington founded Newport, RI.
1660May 8The son of the late Charles I is proclaimed King ending 11 years of civil war.
1725May 8John Lovewell, US Indian fighter, died in battle.
1741May 8France and Bavaria signed the Covenant of Nymphenburg.
1759May 8Hearing of his appointment in the west, General Napoleon Bonaparte left for Paris in order to obtain a different posting.
1792May 8US established a military draft.
1792May 8British Capt. George Vancouver sighted and named Mt. Rainier, Wash.
1823May 8“Home Sweet Home” was 1st sung in London.
1840May 8Alexander Wolcott patented a photographic process.
1858May 8John Brown held an antislavery convention.
1861May 8Richmond, Va, was named the capital of the Confederacy.
1862May 8General ‘Stonewall’ Jackson repulsed the Federals at the Battle of McDowell, in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
1864May 8Union troops arrived at Spotsylvania Court House to find the Confederates waiting for them.
1864May 8The Atlanta Campaign saw severe fighting at Rocky Face Ridge.
1873May 8John 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.
1881May 8Henry Morton Stanley signed a contract with a Congo monarch.
1887May 8Alexander Ulyanov, brother of Lenin, was hanged for assassination of tsar.
1895May 8China 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.
1904May 8U.S. Marines landed in Tangier to protect the Belgian legation.
1913May 8California lawmakers passed Assembly bill 2039, an anti-tipping measure with penalties for both giving and receiving tips.
1914May 8William Wadsworth Hodkinson (1881-1971) merged 11 film rental bureaus to create the first US-wide distributor of feature films, Paramount Pictures.
1920May 8Sloan Wilson, American author, was born in Norwalk, Conn. He wrote “The man in the Gray Flannel Suit” and “A Summer Place.”
1921May 8Sweden abolished capital punishment.
1924May 8Arthur Honegger’s “Pacifica 231,” premiered.
1928May 8Theodore Sorenson, presidential advisor to John F. Kennedy, was born. Many suspect that he ghost-wrote Kennedy’s book “Profiles in Courage.”
1930May 8The Richfield Oil Company tanker Richfield wrecked on the rocks off Point Reyes, Ca., with a cargo or 25,000 gallons of high-test gasoline.
1931May 8Franz Lehar’s operetta, “Land of Smiles,” premiered in London.
1933May 8Gandhi began a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
1942May 8German summer offensive opened in Crimea.
1944May 8The first “eye bank” was established, in New York City.
1945May 8Oskar 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.
1951May 8Dacron men’s suits were introduced.
1952May 8Allied fighter-bombers staged the largest raid of the war on North Korea.
1958May 8Vice President Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru.
1959May 8A 3-deck Nile excursion steamer sprang a leak panicking passengers who capsized the ship. 200 drowned just yards from shore.
1962May 8The Stephen Sondheim musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” opened at the Alvin Theater in NYC for 965 performances.
1970May 8Beatles released their “Let it Be” album.
1976May 8San Francisco city craft workers agreed to end their 38-day strike. City supervisors agreed to take Propositions E and K off the June ballot.
1977May 8The 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.
1979May 8Radio Shack released TRSDOS 2.3.
1980May 8The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that smallpox had been eradicated from the wild.
1984May 8USSR announced it would not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los Angeles.
1987May 8An 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.
1988May 8Science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein died in Carmel, Calif., at age 80.
1989May 8Former President Carter, a leader of an international team observing Panama’s elections, declared that the armed forces were defrauding the opposition of victory.
1990May 8NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin was suspended for a racial slur.
1991May 8General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of American forces in the Persian Gulf War, received a hero’s welcome as he addressed Congress.
1992May 8President 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.
1993May 8Keron Thomas (16) disguised himself as a motorman and took a NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride.
1994May 8President Clinton announced a shift in U.S. policy toward Haitian refugees, saying there would be offshore screening of boat people seeking political asylum.
1995May 8Helmut 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.
1996May 8US postal inspectors wrapped up a two-year sting operation in 36 states against the nation’s biggest child pornography ring.
1998May 8Eddie 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.”
1999May 8The Citadel, South Carolina’s formerly all-male military school, graduated its first female cadet, Nancy Ruth Mace.
2000May 8The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban discrimination based on weight or height.
2001May 8In Malta Pope John Paul II was welcomed on the final stop of his 6-day pilgrimage to retrace the steps of the Apostle Paul.
2002May 8FBI 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.
2003May 8The US Senate unanimously endorsed adding to NATO seven former communist nations: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
2004May 8Former Iraq hostage Thomas Hamill returned home to a chorus of cheering family and friends in Mississippi.
2005May 8Steve Nash edged Shaquille O’Neal by 34 points to win the NBA’s most valuable player award.
2005May 8In 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.
2006May 8The 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.
2007May 8A 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.
2008May 8In 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.
2009May 8A 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.
2010May 8In 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.
2011May 8Cuban 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.
2012May 8The US Treasury announced sanctions against Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar and Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 2 sons of Sinaloa cartel drug lord Joaquin Guzman.
2013May 8US 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.
2014May 8Pablo 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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