On This Day..... May 8

MAY 8TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL HAVE A COKE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL COCONUT CREAM PIE DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • HARRY TRUMAN (1884-1972)
  • DAVID ATTENBOROUGH (1926, 92)
  • DON RICKLES (1926-2017)
  • SONNY LISTON (1932-1970)
  • RICKY NELSON (1940-1985)
  • PETER BENCHLEY (1940-2006)
  • TONI TENNILLE (1940, 78)
  • GARY GLITTER (1944, 74)
  • BILL DE BLASIO (1961, 57)
  • MELISSA GILBERT (1964, 54)
  • ENRIQUE IGLESIAS (1975, 43)
  • STEPHEN AMELL (1981, 37)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1541, FERDINAND DE SOTO DISCOVERS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
  • IN 1639, WILLIAM CODDINGTON FOUNDS NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
  • IN 1783, BETSY ROSS MARRIES JOHN CLAYPOOLE
  • IN 1792, THE UNITED STATES ARMY INSTITUTES THE DRAFT
  • IN 1794, CONGRESS ESTABLISHES THE US POST OFFICE
  • IN 1835, HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON RELEASES HIS FIRST SET OF “FAIRY TALES”
  • IN 1861, THE CONFEDERACY CHOOSES RICHMOND, VIRGINIA AS ITS CAPITAL
  • IN 1886, THE FIRST BOTTLES OF COCA-COLA, WHICH INCLUDED COCAINE IN THE ORIGINAL RECIPE, ARE SOLD IN A PHARMACY IN ATLANTA
  • IN 1912, PARAMOUNT PICTURES OPENS FOR FILM PRODUCTION
  • IN 1945, GERMANY SIGNS AN UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER ENDING WORLD WAR II. KNOWN AS VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) DAY
  • IN 1958, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER ORDERS THE NATIONAL GUARD OUT OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
  • IN 1958, VICE PRESIDENT NIXON IS ROUGHED UP BY PROTESTERS IN PERU
  • IN 1958, CHRISTOPHER LEE’S DRACULA PREMIERES
  • IN 1959, 18 YEAR OLD RAQUEL WELCH MARRIES HER HIGHSCHOOL SWEETHEART JAMES
  • IN 1962, “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED….” OPENS ON BROAWAY
  • IN 1963, JAMES BOND MOVIE “DR. NO” OPENS
  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES STARTED A 14 WEEK RUN AT #1 ON THE SINGLES CHART WITH “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND” FOR SEVEN WEEKS, FOLLOWED BY “SHE LOVES YOU” AND “CAN’T BUY ME LOVE”
  • IN 1967, MUHAMMED ALI IS INDICTED FOR REFUSING TO SERVE IN THE ARMY
  • IN 1967, ANN MARGRET MARRIES SCREENWRITER ROGER SMITH
  • IN 1970, THE BEATLES RELEASE “LET IT BE”, THEIR FINAL ALBUM TOGETHER
  • IN 1970, AN ANTI-VIETNAM WAR PROTEST WHICH FOLLOWS THE KENT STATE SHOOTING DRAWS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS
  • IN 1976, JOHN SEBASTIAN OF THE LOVIN SPOONFULL GOES TO #1 WITH THE THEME SONG FROM WELCOME BACK KOTTER
  • IN 1978, 20 YEAR OLD DONNIE OSMOND MARRIES 19 YEAR OLD DEBRA GLENN
  • IN 1978, SON OF SAM KILLER DAVID BERKOWITZ PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING SIX
  • IN 1980, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES THE ERADICATION OF SMALL POX
  • IN 1982, VANGELIS GOES TO #1 WITH “CHARIOTS OF FIRE”
  • IN 1984, KIRBY PUCKETT PLAYS IN HIS FIRST GAME FOR THE MINNESOTA TWINS
  • IN 1984, THE USSR ANNOUNCES IT WILL BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS
  • IN 1988, AFTER NHL REFEREES WALK OFF IN PROTEST, AMATEUR REFEREES CALL THE PLAYOFF GAME BETWEEN THE BOSTON BRUINS AND NEW JERSEY DEVILS
  • IN 1992, FERTILITY DOCTOR CECIL JACOBSON IS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR IMPREGNATING PATIENTS WITH HIS OWN SPERM
  • IN 1993, AEROSMITH DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “GET A GRIP”
  • IN 1996, A JUDGE RULES THAT TOMMY LEE AND PAMELA ANDERSON CANNOT STOP PENTHOUSE MAGAZINE FROM RELEASING A SEX VIDEO STOLEN FROM THEIR HOME
  • IN 1999, DIFF’RENT STROKES STAR DANA PLATO DIES AT 35 OF A DRUG OVERDOSE
  • IN 2005, BRUCE SPRINGSTEIN HIT #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “DEVILS AND DUST”
  • IN 2008, NEW RUSSIAN PRESIDENT DMITRY MEDVEDEV APPOINTS VLADIMIR PUTIN AS PRIME MINISTER
  • IN 2012, NEW RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN APPOINTS DMITRY MEDVEDEV AS PRIME MINISTER
  • IN 2013, ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER SILVIO BERLUSCONI IS SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON
  • IN 2016, SADIQ KHAN IS ELECTED MAYOR OF LONDON

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