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May 8 - Today in History
By Staff
May 8, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0535 - John II (Mercurius) dies, ending his reign as Italian Catholic Pope (533-35)
0615 - St Boniface IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0685 - St Benedict II dies, ending his reign as Catholic Pope (683-85)
1319 - Haakon V, King of Norway (1299-1319), dies
1360 - Treaty of Britigny signed by English and French
1429 - French troops under Joan of Arc rescues Orl�ans
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 G bor and 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 and Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg
1784 - Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC)
1792 - British Captain George Vancouver sights, names Mt Rainier, Washington
1792 - US establishes military draft
1794 - US Post Office established
1823 - "Home Sweet Home" first sung (London)
1834 - Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle
1834 - Prussia, Austria and Russia sign classified accord about Belgium
1840 - Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1842 - Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
1844 - Charles XIV Johan, [Jean B Bernadotte], King of Sweden/Norway, dies
1846 - First major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas
1847 - Robert Thompson patents rubber tire
1858 - John Brown holds antislavery convention
1861 - Richmond Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy
1862 - Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell, Virginia
1863 - Confederacion 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, Virginia (Spotslyvania Court House, Laurel Hill)
1866 - Australian Rules Football is created
1871 - English-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
1877 - First Westminster Dog Show held
1878 - First unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
1879 - George Selden files for first patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
1881 - Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch
1885 - Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, England
1886 - Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells first Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
1887 - Alexander Ulyanov, brother of Lenin/hanged for assassination of tsar
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 1:51�
1900 - 250 grave robbers shot to death
1900 - Galveston Texas, hit by hurricane; about 6,000 die
1900 - John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals
1901 - In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Phila 12-4
1902 - Mt Pele erupts, wipes out St Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
1906 - Phila A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield and 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)
1915 - 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
1916 - German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes
1919 - First transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane
1919 - Appingedam soccer team forms
1920 - 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09
1921 - Sweden abolished capital punishment
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 - First flight over North Pole (Bennett and 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
1935 - Cin Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th and 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
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 - First 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 British fleet: "Sink, burn and destroy; let nothing pass"
1944 - First eye bank opens (NYC)
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
1947 - A movement among Card players to protest its first meeting with Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon
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 - Mad Magazine debuts
1954 - First shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
1958 - Pres Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock
1958 - VP Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and 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 and Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1960 - Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open
1961 - First practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport Texas
1961 - Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
1962 - First 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 - First 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 - Laverne Andrews, singer (Andrews Sisters), dies at 51
1967 - Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army
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 - Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square 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 first black manager
1973 - Indians holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender
1974 - 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted
1974 - Canada government of Trudeau falls
1974 - FC Magdenburg wins 14th Europe Cup II
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 and Judds win
1985 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair)
1988 - Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer dies of heart failure at 80
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" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
1989 - US space shuttle STS-30 lands
1990 - Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
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 and takes NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
1994 - 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
1994 - Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) first game
1994 - Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
1994 - Jos� 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
1996 - NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his first AL game beating Tigers 10-3
1996 - South Africa's Const. Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
1999 - The Citadel, South Carolina's formerly all-male military school, graduated its first female cadet

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