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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Start of armed clashes and fighting in Lebanon.
Three planes carrying vital food aid for the World Food Programme to Burma are delayed in Bangkok, Dhaka and Dubai due to a failure by Burma's State Peace and Development Council to grant approval. After approval is granted, planes start arriving in Yangon. //www.nidosa.com/ (Reuters via NineMSN) //ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ijDA5bgxiHlTvS_r-SSjskS1Tq1wD90HCJ9O2 (AP via Google News)

Monday, May 8, 2006

Judgement is given in London for Apple Computer in a high-profile trademark suit brought by The Beatles' company, Apple Corps. //today.reuters.com/business/newsarticle.aspx?type=ousivstoryID=2006-05-08T095845Z_01_L08592117_RTRIDST_0_BUSINESSPRO-MEDIA-APPLE-JUDGMENT-DC.XML (Reuters)

Saturday, May 8, 2004

Would-be Saudi Princess Antoinette Millard surfaces in New York City, claiming that muggers had stolen jewels worth of $262,000 from her (she later proves to be an impostor).

Thursday, May 8, 2003

The Russian mathematician Dr Grigori Perelman claims to have resolved the Poincaré conjecture.
An F4 tornado hits metro area of Oklahoma City, and became the 10th costliest tornado in United States history. No one was killed but many were injured. The tornado followed a path similar to that of the F5 tornado of May 3, 1999.

Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian suicide bomber badly injures himself near Megiddo, southeast of Haifa, when the explosives he was carrying go off prematurely.
FeyenoordRotterdam wins the UEFA Final Cup with 3-2 from Borussia Dortmund.

Saturday, May 8, 1999

Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Military College of South Carolina.

Friday, May 8, 1998

CBS telecasts "The Wizard of Oz" for the last time. Beginning in 1999, "The Wizard of Oz" will be shown on cable, and in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 it will be telecast by the WB Television Network in addition to its cable showings.
The first euro coins are minted in Pessac, France. Because the final specifications for the coins were not finished in 1998, they will have to be melted and minted again in 1999.
India conducts 3 underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including 1 thermonuclear device.

Wednesday, May 8, 1996

The Keck II telescope is dedicated in Hawaii.
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni wins a landslide victory in the country's first direct presidential elections, securing 75% of the vote.
South Africa's National Party pulls out of the 2-year-old coalition government, and the African National Congress assumes full political control.
The Australian government introduces a nationwide ban on the private possession of both automatic and semi-automatic rifles, in response to the Port Arthur massacre.
1996 Everest disaster: A sudden storm engulfs Mount Everest with several climbing teams high on the mountain, leaving 8 dead. By the end of the month, at least 4 other climbers die in the worst season of fatalities on the mountain to date.
Vietnamese boat people in Hong Kong, facing forced repatriation due to their classification as economic migrants rather than refugees, stage a protest at the Whitehead Detention Centre.

Thursday, May 8, 1986

Óscar Arias is inaugurated into his first term as President of Costa Rica.

Saturday, May 8, 1982

Spanish priest Juan María Fernández y Krohn tries to stab Pope John Paul II with a bayonet during the latter's pilgrimage to the shrine at Fatima.
French-Canadian racing driver Gilles Villeneuve is killed during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Braniff International Airways is declared bankrupt and ceases all flights.

Tuesday, May 8, 1979

A Unabomber bomb injures Northwestern University graduate student John Harris.
Laos recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
The Woolworth\\'s store in Manchester city centre in England is seriously damaged by fire 10 shoppers die.
The Woolworth's store in Manchester city centre in England is seriously damaged by fire 10 shoppers die.

Tuesday, May 8, 1973

The British House of Commons votes to abolish capital punishment in Northern Ireland.
A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and American Indian Movement activists who were occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, ends with the surrender of the militants. !confirmed in American Indian Movement
The New York Knicks defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 102–93 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the NBA title.
The Polisario Front, a Sahrawi movement dedicated to the independence of Western Sahara, is formed.
Bobby Riggs challenged and defeated Margaret Court, the world's #1 women's player, in a nationally-televised tennis match set in Ramona, CA northeast of San Diego. Riggs won 6-2, 6-1 which led to the huge Battle of the Sexes match against Billie Jean King later in the year on September 20.
"Skylab", the United States' first space station, is launched.

Monday, May 8, 1972

U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the mining of Haiphong Harbor in Vietnam.

Monday, May 8, 1967

The Philippineprovince of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.

Monday, May 8, 1961

Briton George Blake is sentenced to 42 years imprisonment for spying.

Saturday, May 8, 1954

Tuesday, May 8, 1945

V-E Day (Victory in Europe, as Nazi Germany surrenders) commemorates the end of WWII in Europe, with the final surrender being to the Soviets in Berlin, attended by representatives of the Western Powers.
29 ndash Sétif massacre: In Algeria, thousands die as French troops and released Italian POWs kill an estimated 6,000 to 40,000 Algerian citizens.
Canadian troops move into Amsterdam, after German troops surrender.
Surrender of the Dodecanese is signed in Symi.
The British 8th Army, together with Slovene partisan troops and a motorized detachment of the Yugoslav 4th Army, arrives in Carinthia and Klagenfurt.

Friday, May 8, 1942

May 9 ndash WWII: At night, gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebel. Their mutiny is crushed and 3 of them executed (the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War).
WWII: The Battle of the Coral Sea (first battle in naval history where 2 enemy fleets fight without seeing each other's fleets) ends in an Allied victory.

Thursday, May 8, 1941

WWII: The German auxiliary cruiser Pinguin is sunk by HMS Cornwall (56) in the Indian Ocean.

Monday, May 8, 1933

Paraguay declares war on Bolivia.
Mohandas Gandhi begins a 3-week hunger strike because of the mistreatment of the lower castes.
In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.

Friday, May 8, 1925

Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
The National Forensic League is founded.
Tom Lee rescues 32 people from the "M.E. Norman", a sinking steamboat.

Thursday, May 8, 1919

Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day.

Monday, May 8, 1911

Mexican Revolution: Pancho Villa launches an attack against government troops in Ciudad Juarez without Madero's permission the government troops surrender on May 10.

Thursday, May 8, 1902

In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000.

Sunday, May 8, 1898

The first games of the Italian Football League are played.

Friday, May 8, 1896

Cricket: Against Warwickshire, Yorkshire sets a still-standing County Chionship record when they accumulate an innings total of 887.

Saturday, May 8, 1886

Pharmacist Dr. John Stith Pemberton invents a carbonated beverage that would be named "Coca-Cola".

Monday, May 8, 1882

The "Chinese Exclusion Act" is the first important law which restricts immigration into the U.S.A.

Tuesday, May 8, 1877

At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens and had a massive impact on the Civil rights movement. (ends May 11).

Monday, May 8, 1871

The First Major League Baseball home run is hit by Ezra Sutton of the Cleveland Forest Citys.

Wednesday, May 8, 1861

Comet C/1861 J1 (the Great Comet of 1861) is discovered in Australia.
American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is named the capital of the Confederate States of America.
American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a proclamation of neutrality which recognizes the breakaway states as having belligerent rights.

Tuesday, May 8, 1860

In New Granada (modern-day Colombia) the southern state of Cauca secedes from the central government in protest at the suggestion of increase of presidential powers Magdalena and Bolívar join it.

Friday, May 8, 1846

Mexican-American War ndash Battle of Palo Alto: Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande at Palo Alto, Texas in the first major battle of the war.

Sunday, May 8, 1842

Versailles train crash: Two trains collide near Paris and catch fire, killing 59.

Thursday, May 8, 1794

French chemist Antoine Lavoisier is executed by guillotine.

Tuesday, May 8, 1792

The Revenue Commission is established.

Saturday, May 8, 1773

In Egypt, Ottoman rebels revolt, killing Ali Bey, Mamluk Sultan of Egypt.

Tuesday, May 8, 1736

Frederick, Prince of Wales, marries Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.

Thursday, May 8, 1721

Pope Innocent XIII succeeds Pope Clement XI as the 244th pope.

Saturday, May 8, 1660

The Parliament of England declares Prince Charles Stuart King Charles II of England.

Tuesday, May 8, 1657

Lord ProtectorCromwell confirms his refusal of the crown of England, preferring the title Lord Protector.ref name=british-civil-wars timelines/
The first eleven Quaker settlers arrive in New Amsterdam (later New York) and are allowed to practice their faith.
Dano-Swedish War (1657–1658): King Frederick III of Denmark signs a manifesto "de facto" declaring war on Sweden.

Friday, May 8, 1654

Otto von Guericke demonstrates the power of atmospheric pressure and the effectiveness of his vacuum pump using the Magdeburg hemispheres before Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, and the Imperial Diet in Regensburg.

Wednesday, May 8, 1624

24 May - After years of unprofitable operation, Virginia's charter is revoked and it becomes a royal colony.
June ndash The first Dutch settlers arrive in New Netherland they disembark at Governors Island.
A Dutch fleet captures Bahia, Brazil from the Spanish.

Wednesday, May 8, 1619

The Synod of Dort has its final meeting.

Monday, April 28, 1561 (Julianian calendar)

Madrid is declared the capital of Spain by Philip II.

Thursday, April 28, 1541 (Julianian calendar)

Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River, naming it the Rio de Espiritu Santo (River of the Holy Spirit).

Wednesday, April 29, 1450 (Julianian calendar)

Jack Cade's Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
Jack Cade\'s Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.

Friday, April 29, 1429 (Julianian calendar)

The English, weakened by disease and lack of supplies, depart Orléans.

Monday, April 30, 1319 (Julianian calendar)

Upon the death of his maternal grandfather, King Haakon V, three-year-old Magnus Eriksson becomes King of Norway.

Sunday, May 1, 1278 (Julianian calendar)

The Japanese eraKenji ends, and the Koan era begins.
Emperor Duanzong of SongChina dies of illness and is succeeded by his brother Zhao Bing, who becomes Emperor Huaizong of Song. Meanwhile, armed forces under the control of Mongol leader Kublai Khan draw closer to the remnants of the Song imperial court. A year later at the Battle of Yamen the Song Dynasty will cease to exist, becoming incorporated into the Yuan Dynasty of China.

Sunday, May 2, 1081 (Julianian calendar)

Friday, May 2, 1063 (Julianian calendar)

The Pizhi Pagoda of Lingyan Temple, Shandong, China is completed, standing at a height of 54 m (177 ft) tall.
The allied Muslim and Christian troops of the king of Castile and the emir of Zaragoza, maybe led by El Cid, defeat the Aragonese army at the battle of Graus. The king of Aragon, Ramiro I, is killed, his son succeeds him.ref name=Fletcher Reconquista
Anselm, later to become Archbishop of Canterbury, becomes prior at the Abbey of Bec.
The construction of present building of St Mark's Basilica is begun.
The River Thames is frozen for 14 weeks.
The Bishopric of Olomouc is founded.

Saturday, May 5, 675 (Julianian calendar)

Some Japanese ministers who oppose the Emperor are banished to an isolated island. A man climbs the hill east of the Palace, curses the Emperor and kills himself.
The Japanese Emperor issues a decree to distribute the tax-rice for peasants in poverty, as well as a decree regulating of fishing and hunting, ordering a halt to eating the flesh of cattle, horses, dogs, monkeys or barn-yard fowls.

Sunday, May 6, 535 (Julianian calendar)

Byzantine troops drive the extremist Monophysite party out of Alexandria and establish Theodosius I as patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Anthimus I becomes patriarch of Constantinople from (535–536).
A Christian basilica is completed at Leptis Magna in North Africa.
The weather is reported to be unusually cold and dark in multiple parts of the world see climate changes of 535–536.
Pope John II dies in Rome after a 2-year reign and is succeeded by Agapetus I as the 57th pope. He is send on an embassy to Constantinople."Breviarium S. Liberati", ap. Mansi, "Concilia", Vol. IX, p. 695

Wednesday, May 7, 413 (Julianian calendar)

Honorius signs an edict providing tax relief for the Italian provinces Tuscia, Cania, Picenum, Samnium, Apulia, Lucania and Calabria, who are plundered by the Visigoths.
The Visigoths, led by king Ataulf, conquer the towns of Toulouse and Bordeaux by force of arms. After a successful siege of Valence, he captures the usurper Jovinus and his brother Sebastianus. In Narbonne they are executed and their heads are sent to Honorius' court at Ravenna.
Kumaragupta I succeeds his father Chandragupta II as emperor of the Gupta Empire (India).
Augustine of Hippo, age 59, begins to writes his spiritual book "De Civitate Dei" (City of God) as a reply to the charge that Christianity was responsible for the decline of the Roman Empire.
Source: Wikipedia