Friday, May 8, 2015

What Happened This Day In History May 8

Today in History
May 8
1450Jack Cade's Rebellion–Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
1541Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River which he calls Rio de Espiritu Santo.
1559An act of supremacy defines Queen Elizabeth I as the supreme governor of the church of England.
1794The United States Post Office is established.
1846The first major battle of the Mexican War is fought at Palo Alto, Texas.
1862General 'Stonewall' Jackson repulses the Federals at the Battle of McDowell, in the Shenendoah Valley.
1864Union troops arrive at Spotsylvania Court House to find the Confederates waiting for them.
1886Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invents Coca Cola.
1895China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki.
1904U.S. Marines land in Tangier, North Africa, to protect the Belgian legation.
1919The first transatlantic flight by a navy seaplane takes-off.
1933Hahatma Gandhi begins a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
1940German commandos in Dutch uniforms cross the Dutch border to hold bridges for the advancing German army.
1942The Battle of the Coral Sea between the Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy ends.
1945The final surrender of German forces is celebrated as VE (Victory Europe) day.
1952Allied fighter-bombers stage the largest raid of the war on North Korea.
1958President Eisenhower orders the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green becomes the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.
1967Boxer Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army.
1984The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los Angeles.
1995Jacques Chirac is elected president of France.

Born on May 8
1668Alain Rene Lesage, French writer (The Adventures of Gil BlasTurcaret).
1753Miguel Hidalgo, Mexican nationalist.
1828Jean Henri Dunant, Swiss philanthropist, founder of the Red Cross and YMCA, first recipient (jointly) of the Nobel Peace Prize.
1829Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist.
1884Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953).
1895Edmund Wilson, American critic and essayist.
1906Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director.
1910Mary Lou Williams, jazz pianist and composer.
1920Sloan Wilson, American author (The man in the Gray Flannel SuitA Summer Place).
1928Theodore Sorenson, advisor to John F. Kennedy.
1930Gary Snyder, beat poet.
1937Thomas Pynchon, novelist (Gravity's Rainbow).
1940Peter Benchley, novelist (JawsThe Deep).
1952Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Crimes of the Heart).

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