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May 8th, 2007 (May 08 2007)EventA new Northern Ireland Executive is formed under the leadership of Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party as First Minister and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein as Deputy First Minister.
May 8th, 2005 (May 08 2005)EventThe new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.
May 8th, 1999 (May 08 1999)EventNancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.
May 8th, 1997 (May 08 1997)EventA China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 crashes on approach into Shenzhen s Huangtian Airport, killing 35 people.
May 8th, 1990 (May 08 1990)EventReindependence Day of Estonia
May 8th, 1988 (May 08 1988)EventA fire at Illinois Bell s Hinsdale Central Office triggers an extended 1AESS outage once considered the worst telecommunications disaster in US telephone industry history is still the worst to occur on Mother s Day.
May 8th, 1987 (May 08 1987)EventThe Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
May 8th, 1984 (May 08 1984)EventThe Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
May 8th, 1984 (May 08 1984)EventCpl. Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three and wounding 13. Rene Jalbert, sergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour.
May 8th, 1973 (May 08 1973)EventA 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.
May 8th, 1972 (May 08 1972)EventVietnam War - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announces his order to place mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation.
May 8th, 1970 (May 08 1970)EventThe Hard Hat riot occurs in the Wall Street area of New York City as blue-collar construction workers clash with anti-war demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War.
May 8th, 1967 (May 08 1967)EventThe Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
May 8th, 1946 (May 08 1946)EventThe Estonian school girls Aili Jogi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
May 8th, 1945 (May 08 1945)EventHundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Setif massacre.
May 8th, 1945 (May 08 1945)EventCombat in Europe ends in World War II: V-E Day. German forces agree to an unconditional surrender.
May 8th, 1945 (May 08 1945)EventEnd of the Prague uprising, today still celebrated as a national holiday in the Czech Republic.
May 8th, 1942 (May 08 1942)EventWorld War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an endied in This is the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
May 8th, 1942 (May 08 1942)EventWorld War II: Gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebel in the Cocos Islands Mutiny. Their mutiny is crushed and three of them are executed, the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War.
May 8th, 1933 (May 08 1933)EventMohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.
May 8th, 1919 (May 08 1919)EventEdward 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.
May 8th, 1914 (May 08 1914)EventParamount Pictures is formed.
May 8th, 1902 (May 08 1902)EventIn Martinique, Mount Pelee erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast.
May 8th, 1899 (May 08 1899)EventThe Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
May 8th, 1898 (May 08 1898)EventThe first games of the Italian Football League are played.
May 8th, 1886 (May 08 1886)EventPharmacist John Styth Pemberton invents a carbonated beverage that would later be named "Coca-Cola".
May 8th, 1877 (May 08 1877)EventAt Gilmore s Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens (ends May 11).
May 8th, 1861 (May 08 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is named the capital of the Confederate States of America.
May 8th, 1846 (May 08 1846)EventMexican-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.Zachary Taylor Quotes
May 8th, 1821 (May 08 1821)EventGreek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia.
May 8th, 1794 (May 08 1794)EventBranded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by revolutionists, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme Generale, is tried, convicted, and guillotined all on one day in Paris.
May 8th, 1541 (May 08 1541)EventHernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Rio de Espiritu Santo.
May 8th, 1450 (May 08 1450)EventJack Cade s Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
May 8th, 0589 (May 08 0589)EventReccared summons the Third Council of Toledo

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