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 128th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 237 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 25, 2022 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,651,968,000 seconds 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 ‘hectaicosaoctagon’ day.

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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 259 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 3,425 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 8 Historical Events

  • 1450
    Jack Cade’s Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
  • 1541
    Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is named the capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1877
    At Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens.
  • 1899
    The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
  • 1967
    The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
  • 1970
    The Hard Hat riot occurs in the Wall Street area of New York City as blue-collar construction workers clash with demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War.
  • 1978
    First ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.

Who were born on May 8?

  • 1653
    Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshall of France (d. 1734)
  • 1738
    Mikhail Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1809)
  • 1903
    Fernandel, French actor (d. 1971)
  • 1929
    Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese actress (d. 2007)
  • 1935
    Jack Charlton, English footballer
  • 1937
    Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
  • 1960
    Eric Brittingham, American bassist
  • 1964
    Bobby Labonte, American race car driver
  • 1964
    Melissa Gilbert, American actress
  • 1981
    Björn Dixgård, Swedish guitarist, singer, songwriter

Who died on May 8?

  • 1672
    Jean-Armand du Peyrer, Comte de Tréville and French Officer (b. 1598)
  • 1819
    King Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii
  • 1945
    Wilhelm Rediess, SS and Police leader of Nazi-occupied Norway (b. 1900)
  • 1948
    U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • 1975
    Avery Brundage, President of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1887)
  • 1988
    Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer (b. 1907)
  • 1994
    George Peppard, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1996
    Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
  • 2000
    Guadalupe “Pita” Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • 2005
    Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver (b. 1981)

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