May 8 Events in History - May 8 Birthdays - May 8 Deaths
2015 British Prime Minister David Cameron is re-elected for five more years in a decisive victory that upset predictions of a close election and resulted in the first Conservative majority government since 1992
2014 Mobile photo sharing app Snapchat settles with the Federal Trade Commission after acknowledging that it falsely claimed that data sent through the app would disappear rather than form a permanent record, creating user privacy violations
2014 Researchers have developed synthetic nucleobases, the molecules that form the backbone of DNA; organisms successfully replicated the synthetic bases, implying that creation of new life forms with these additional bases may be possible in the future
2013 Brazilian Roberto Azevedo is named the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization; he assumes the position September 1, 2013
2013 Three months after $50 million in diamonds is stolen at the Brussels Airport, more than 24 people in France, Switzerland and Belgium were detained, and a significant stash of the diamonds and stash recovered
2012 The Polar Music Prize is awarded to Paul Simon and Yo-Yo Ma
2012 A Beijing court announces it will hear artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, held and gagged on tax evasion charges by the People's Republic of China
2011 A near riot breaks out at the Beijing Apple Store as the Apple iPad2 goes on sale in the People's Republic of China
2011 Thousands march in Mexico City to protest the 38,000 people who have died since the Mexican Drug War began in 2006
2010 Bolivian president Evo Morales Ayma and United National Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon discuss climate change
1997 Tea Leoni and David Duchovny wed in Greenwich Village
1996 New York Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
1996 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
1994 "Rise and Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon New York City after 9 performances
1994 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
1994 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
1994 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
1994 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica
1994 Laura Davies wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1994 President Clinton announces U.S. will no longer repatriate boat people
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 New York City subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
1991 CIA director William H. Webster resigns
1990 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
1989 Paul McCartney releases "My Brave Face" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
1989 U.S. space shuttle STS-30 lands
1988 "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 46 performances
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 New York City
1988 Amateur referees work New Jersey Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils
1987 Gary Hart quits democratic presidential race due to Donna Rice affair
1985 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama and Judds win
1985 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 Chicago White Sox beat Milw Brewers, 7-6, in 25 inn (completed 5/9)
1984 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles
1984 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
1984 U.S.S.R. announces it will not participate in LA Summer Olympics
1983 Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1982 Canucks 5-Isles 6 (OT)-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 1-0 lead
1981 Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, 1 short of record
1980 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
1980 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
1979 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
1978 ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
1978 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1977 David Berkowitz pleads guilty in "Son of Sam" 44-caliber shootings
1977 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger New York City after 7 performances
1974 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted
1974 Canada government of Trudeau falls
1974 FC Magdenburg wins 14th Europe Cup II
1973 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs manager Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, thus technically becoming baseball's 1st black manager
1973 Indians holding SD hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender
1972 Sabena aircraft at Lod International, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
1971 "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater New York City after 5 performances
1970 Beatles release "Let it Be" album
1970 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in New York City's Wall Street
1970 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
1969 Cambodia recognizes East Germany
1969 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
1968 Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
1968 Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army
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 home run ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson)
1965 1st shut put over 70' (Randy Matson 70' 7")
1963 "Dr. No" premieres in U.S.
1963 John F. Kennedy offers Israel assistance against aggression
1962 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 965 performances
1962 1st Atlas Centaur Launch
1962 London trolley buses go out of service
1961 1st practical sea water conversion plant - Freeport, Texas
1961 Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington
1960 U.S.S.R. and Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1960 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open
1959 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore
1958 President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock
1958 Vice President Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru
1956 John Osbornes "Look Back in Anger," premieres in London
1954 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
1953 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1952 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 72 performances
1952 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 4 performances
1952 Mad Magazine debuts
1951 Dacron men's suits introduced
1951 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1950 Chiang Kai-shek asks U.S. for weapons
1949 West German constitution approved
1948 Bradman scores 146 Australia vs. Surrey, 174 minutes, 15 fours
1947 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon
1946 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
1945 Canadian troops move into Amsterdam
1945 Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet
1945 General Von Keitel surrenders to Marshal Zhukov
1945 V-E Day; Germany signs unconditional surrender, WW II ends in Europe
1944 33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death
1944 U-575 sinks Asphodel
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"
1942 Aircraft carrier Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack at Coral Sea
1942 German summer offensive opens in Crimea
1942 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
1941 German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean
1938 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks," premieres in Washington, D.C.
1937 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
1936 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
1935 Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th beat Phils 15-4
1931 Operette "Land of Smiles," premieres in London
1929 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
1929 New York Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pirates, 11-0
1926 1st flight over North Pole by Bennett and Byrd
1926 A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
1926 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park
1925 51st Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59
1925 French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco
1924 Arthur Honegger's "Pacifica 231," premieres
1924 Memel territories given to Lithuania
1924 Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut
1923 Hobbs scores his 100th 100, 116* vs. Somerset at Bath
1921 Sweden abolished capital punishment
1920 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09
1919 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a Navy seaplane
1919 Appingedam soccer team forms
1916 German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes
1915 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
1909 Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
1909 Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
1907 Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0
1907 Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
1906 Philadelphia A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield and hits 2 home runs
1902 Mount Pelee erupts, wipes out St. Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
1901 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
1900 250 grave robbers shot to death
1900 John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals
1897 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51
1896 Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire
1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1886 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
1885 Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, Engl
1882 David Belasco's "La Belle Russe," premieres in New York City
1881 Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with Congolian monarch
1879 George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
1878 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
1877 1st Westminster Dog Show held
1871 English - U.S. treaty ends Alabama dispute
1866 Australian Rules Football is created
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)
1863 Confederacion Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia
1862 Valley Campaign: Federals repulsed at Battle of McDowell Va
1861 Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy
1858 John Brown holds antislavery convention
1847 Robert Thompson patents rubber tire
1846 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto Texas
1842 Versailles to Paris train catches fire; 50 die
1840 Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1834 Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle
1834 Prussia, Austria and Russia sign classified accord about Belgium
1823 "Home Sweet Home" 1st sung (London)
1794 U.S. Post Office established
1792 British Captain George Vancouver sights, names Mount Rainier, Washington
1792 U.S. establishes military draft
1784 Only known deaths by hailstones in U.S. in Winnsborough, South Carolina
1741 France and Bavaria sign Covenant of Nymphenburg
1721 Michelangiolo dei Conti replaces Pope Clement XI, as Innocent XIII
1660 English parliament asks King Charles II to resigns
1639 William Coddington founds Newport, Rhode Island
1624 Hungarian king Bethlen Gabor and emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna
1541 Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River
1450 Jack Cade's Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI
1429 French troops under Joan of Arc rescues Orleans
1360 Treaty of Bretigny signed by English and French
685 St. Benedict II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
615 St. Boniface IV ends his reign as Catholic Pope
535 John II ends his reign as Catholic Pope