What happened this day in history May 8

What are the important events that happened on May 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 8 is the 129th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 237 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 25, 2024 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,585,440 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosaenneagon’ day.

Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 266 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 4,156 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 8 Historical Events

  • 413
    Emperor Honorius signs an edict providing tax relief for the Italian provinces Tuscia, Campania, Picenum, Samnium, Apulia, Lucania and Calabria, who are plundered by the Visigoths.
  • 1794
    Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by revolutionists, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme Générale, is tried, convicted, and guillotined all on the same day in Paris.
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: The Battle of Palo Alto – Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war.
  • 1899
    The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
  • 1927
    Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli disappeared after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Japanese Imperial Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
  • 1945
    Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre.
  • 1980
    The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization.
  • 1988
    A fire at Illinois Bell‘s Hinsdale Central Office triggers an extended 1AESS network outage once considered the 'worst telecommunications disaster in US telephone industry history’and still the worst to occur on Mother’s Day.
  • 1997
    A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 crashes on approach into Bao'an International Airport, killing 35 people.

Who were born on May 8?

  • 1753
    Miguel Hidalgo Mexican revolutionary (d. 1811)
  • 1828
    Jean Henri Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross; Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1914
    Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • 1930
    Gary Snyder, American poet
  • 1948
    Stephen Stohn, Canadian television producer
  • 1963
    Michel Gondry, French director and screenwriter
  • 1975
    Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • 1975
    Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981
    John Maine, American baseball player

Who died on May 8?

  • 1773
    Ali Bey Al-Kabir, Mamluk Sultan of Egypt (b. 1728)
  • 1952
    William Fox, Austrian-born film producer (b. 1879)
  • 1982
    Neil Bogart, American record executive (b. 1943)
  • 1984
    Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1985
    Dolph Sweet, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1985
    Theodore Sturgeon, American science fiction writer (b. 1918)
  • 1993
    Avram Davidson, American writer (b. 1923)
  • 1994
    George Peppard, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2009
    Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2011
    Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (b. 1948)

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