Famous Events on this Day in History, May 08:

535 - John II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
589 - Reccared summons the Third Council of Toledo
615 - St Boniface IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
685 - St Benedict II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1360 - Treaty of Brétigny signed by English & French
1429 - French troops under Joan of Arc rescues Orleans
1450 - Jack Cade's Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI
1521 - Parliament of Worms installs edict against Marten Luther
1541 - Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River
1624 - Hung king Bethlen Gabor & emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna
1639 - William Coddington founds Newport RI
1660 - English parliament asks King Charles II to resigns
1721 - Michelangiolo dei Conti replaces Pope Clement XI, as Innocent XIII
1741 - France & Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg
1784 - Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC)
1792 - British Capt George Vancouver sights, names Mt Rainier, Wash
1792 - US establishes military draft
1821 - Greek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia.
1823 - "Home Sweet Home" 1st sung (London)
1834 - Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle
1834 - Prussia, Austria & Russia sign classified accord about Belgium
1840 - Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1842 - Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
1846 - 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto Texas
1847 - Robert Thompson patents rubber tire
1858 - John Brown holds antislavery convention
1861 - Richmond Va, is named the capital of the Confederacy
1862 - Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell Va
1863 - Confederación Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia
1864 - Actions at Stony Creek/Nottoway bridge Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)
1864 - Atlanta Campaign: Sever fighting near Dalton
1864 - Battle of Antietam, VA (Spotslyvania Court House, Laurel Hill)
1866 - Australian Rules Football is created
1871 - English-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
1877 - 1st Westminster Dog Show held
1878 - 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
1879 - George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
1881 - Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch
1882 - David Belasco's "La Belle Russe," premieres in NYC
1885 - Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, Engl
1886 - Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
1895 - China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1896 - Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire
1897 - 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51¼
1898 - The first games of the Italian Football League are played.
1899 - The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
1900 - 250 grave robbers shot to death
1900 - Galveston Texas, hit by hurricane; about 6,000 die
1900 - John McGraw & Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals
1901 - In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Phila 12-4
1902 - Mt Pelee erupts, wipes out St Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
1906 - Phila A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield & hits 2 HRs
1907 - Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cin Reds, 6-0
1907 - Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
1909 - Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
1909 - Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
1914 - Paramount Pictures is formed.
1915 - 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
1916 - German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes
1919 - 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane
1919 - Appingedam soccer team forms
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.
1920 - 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09
1921 - Sweden abolished capital punishment
1923 - Hobbs scores his 100th 100, 116* v Somerset at Bath
1924 - Arthur Honegger's "Pacifica 231," premieres
1924 - Memel territories given to Lithuania
1924 - Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut
1925 - 51st Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59
1925 - French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco
1926 - 1st flight over North Pole (Bennett & Byrd)
1926 - A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
1926 - Fire breaks out in Fenway Park
1929 - Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
1929 - NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pirates, 11-0
1931 - Operette "Land of Smiles," premieres in London
1933 - Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.
1935 - Cin Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th beat Phils 15-4
1936 - Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
1937 - 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
1938 - Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks," premieres in Washington, DC
1941 - German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
1942 - Aircraft carrier Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack at Coral Sea
1942 - German summer offensive opens in Crimea
1942 - 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
1943 - 69th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
1943 - Adm Cunningham of Brit fleet: "Sink, burn & destroy; let nothing pass"
1944 - 33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death
1944 - U-575 sinks Asphodel
1945 - Canadian troops move into Amsterdam
1945 - Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet
1945 - Gen Von Keitel surrenders to Marshal Zhukov
1945 - V-E Day; Germany signs unconditional surrender, WW II ends in Europe
1946 - Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
1946 - The Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
1947 - A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon
1948 - Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours
1949 - West German constitution approved
1950 - Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
1951 - Dacron men's suits introduced
1951 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1952 - "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
1952 - "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
1952 - Mad Magazine debuts
1953 - WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
1956 - John Osbornes "Look Back in Anger," premieres in London
1958 - Pres Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock
1958 - VP Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru
1959 - 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore
1960 - USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1960 - Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open
1961 - 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport Texas
1961 - Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
1962 - "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 perfs
1962 - 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
1962 - London trolley buses go out of service
1963 - "Dr No" premieres in US
1963 - JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression
1965 - 1st shut put over 70' (Randy Matson 70' 7")
1966 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
1966 - Last game at old Busch stadium, St Louis Card lose 10-5 to SF
1966 - Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson)
1967 - Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army
1967 - The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
1968 - Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
1968 - Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
1969 - Cambodia recognizes German DR
1969 - Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
1970 - Beatles release "Let it Be" album
1970 - Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
1970 - NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
1971 - "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances
1971 - Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali at Madison Sq Garden
1972 - Sabena aircraft at Lod Intl, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
1973 - Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, thus technically becoming baseball's 1st black manager
1973 - Indians holding SD hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender
1974 - 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted
1974 - Canada govt of Trudeau falls
1974 - FC Magdenburg wins 14th Europe Cup II
1976 - "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 7 perfs
1976 - The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
1977 - David Berkowitz pleads guilty in "Son of Sam" 44-caliber shootings
1977 - Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1978 - ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
1978 - Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1979 - Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
1980 - Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
1980 - World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
1981 - Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, 1 short of record
1982 - Canucks 5-Isles 6 (OT)-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 1-0 lead
1983 - Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1984 - Chicago White Sox beat Milw Brewers, 7-6, in 25 inn (completed 5/9)
1984 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 - Minn Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles
1984 - Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
1984 - USSR announces it will not participate in LA Summer Olympics
1985 - 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Judds win
1985 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair)
1987 - The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
1988 - "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances
1988 - Francois Mitterrand elected president of France
1988 - Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
1988 - Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in NYC
1988 - Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils
1989 - Paul McCartney releases "My Brave Face" & "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
1989 - US space shuttle STS-30 lands
1990 - Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
1990 - Reindependence Day of Estonia
1991 - CIA director William H Webster resigns
1993 - ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware
1993 - Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1993 - 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
1994 - "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 perfs
1994 - 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
1994 - Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
1994 - Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
1994 - Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica
1994 - Laura Davies wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1994 - Pres Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people
1994 - Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge.
1996 - NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
1996 - S Afr's Const Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
1997 - Tea Leoni & David Duchovny wed in Greenwich Village
1999 - Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.
2005 - The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.
2007 - A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed under the leadership of Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party as First Minister and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin as Deputy First Minister.
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