This Day in History – May 8

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“The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are!” Maya Angelou. What’s so different about this date? Isn’t this just a regular Saturday morning? Being a part of the world that has numerous events, holidays, occurrences all around the globe. There is always something different each day. Historical events you haven’t explored yet. In this blog, we will be providing you with some interesting events and facts that have happened on this day in history- May 8.

What Happened in India on May 8?

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1915 – Amir Chand who was India’s freedom fighter passed away.

1933 – Mahatma Gandhi began a hunger strike protest against the British government.

1954 – Chandranagar included in the state of West Bengal by the central government of India.

2013 – Bus falls into a river in Himachal Pradesh and 33 people lost their lives.

What Happened Around the World on May 8?

1660 – Charles Stuart was announced to be King Charles II of England by the English parliament.

1787-   The Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons was formed as the First US prison reform society by Dr. Benjamin Rush.

1821 – Greeks defeated the Turks in Gravia in the Greek War of Independence.

1846 – At Palo Alto, Texas the first major battle of the Mexican War was fought. 

1861 – Richmond, Virginia was declared the Capital of the Confederacy.

1871 – Alabama dispute ended after an agreement between British & USA.

1877 – Today the 1st Westminster Dog Show was held in the USA.

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1970 –   The Beatles Final original album “Let It Be” was released after the Break Up of the Beatles by Apple Records.

1958 – The first Hammer Horror film  was released named  “Dracula” starring  Christopher Lee 

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1961 – In Freeport, Texas first practical seawater conversion plant was held.

1962 –  Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler was honored for saving 1200 Jews during WWII in Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem.

1980 – World Health Organization announced that the world is now free from smallpox disease almost after two centuries.

1984 – At Mururoa atoll, France performed a nuclear test.

1993 – Lennox Lewis won the heavyweight boxing title by defeating Tony Tucker in 12.

1996 –Post-apartheid constitution was adopted by South Africa’s Constitutional Assembly permanently.

1942 – The Battle between the Japanese Navy and the United States and Australian Navies “The Battle of Coral Sea” ended.

1929–  Three gangsters from Chicago were murdered in retaliation for the “St Valentine’s Day Massacre”.

1959 –  Egypt’s top agriculture engineers and their families on a picnic lost their lives on the Nile when their pleasure boat sank.

2006– Iranian President Ahmadinejad sent a letter to the United States President Bush covering topics on history, philosophy.

2008– Team of Chinese climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest carrying the Olympic Torch.

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2010 –  The two-year demolition process of Yankee Stadium ended in the Bronx, New York.

2012 –  Vladimir Putin nominated Dmitry Medvedev asDr Russian Prime by the State Duma.

2013 – Four-year prison sentence for fraud was announced for Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

2018 -The USA was pulled out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal by former US President Donald Trump.

Famous Birthdays

1926 –  Don Rickles known for his standup insulting comedy, famous actor & author was born in New York today.

1961 – Bill de Blasio was 109th mayor of New York City was born on May 8.

1926 – David Attenborough is a broadcaster & natural historian with nine natural history documentary series on BBC. 

1957 – King of Latin Pop & Heartbeat singer Enrique Iglesias was born on May 8

1957 –  Bill Cowher served as head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons & a famous football linebacker, coach, and sports analyst. 

1968 –  Famous Italian Tennis Star Omar Camporese inborn in Bologna, Italy

1978 – Actor Matthew Davis popularly known for roles in Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde & Alaric in Vampire diaries was born on May 8.

1987 – American football player Felix Jones was born on this day.

This was all about the interesting and intriguing events that occurred on May 8! We hope you have had fun reading this blog! For more such entertaining and informative content, keep following us on Leverage Edu. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. 

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