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
Jack Cade’s Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo.
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.
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.
American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is named the capital of the Confederate States of America.
At Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens.
The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
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.
First ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.
Who were born on May 8?
Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshall of France (d. 1734)
Mikhail Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1809)
Fernandel, French actor (d. 1971)
Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese actress (d. 2007)
Jack Charlton, English footballer
Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
Eric Brittingham, American bassist
Bobby Labonte, American race car driver
Melissa Gilbert, American actress
Björn Dixgård, Swedish guitarist, singer, songwriter
Who died on May 8?
Jean-Armand du Peyrer, Comte de Tréville and French Officer (b. 1598)
King Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii
Wilhelm Rediess, SS and Police leader of Nazi-occupied Norway (b. 1900)
U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
Avery Brundage, President of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1887)
Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer (b. 1907)
George Peppard, American actor (b. 1928)
Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
Guadalupe “Pita” Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver (b. 1981)
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