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May 8th History

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May 8th In Pop Culture History

1840 - The first U.S. photographic patent (#1,582) was issued to Alexander S. Wolcott of New York City

1886 - Coca-Cola was first sold to the public at the soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.

1902 (Tornado) Goliad, Texas

1912 - Paramount Pictures was founded.

1933 - Mohandas Gandhi began a 21-day fast of self-purification and launched a one-year campaign to help the Harijan movement.

1945 - V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) was celebrated in America and Great Britain.

1961 - The first practical seawater conversion plant in the US was opened in Freeport, Texas.

1963 - Dr No, starring Sean Connery, opened in theaters.

1976 # 1 Hit May 8, 1976 - May 14, 1976: John Sebastian - Welcome Back

1976 - The New Revolution, the first steel roller coaster with a vertical loop, opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

1980 - The World Health Organization confirmed the eradication of smallpox.

1982 # 1 Hit May 8, 1982 - May 14, 1982: Vangelis - Chariots of Fire

1984 - The Soviet Union announced that they were boycotting the 1984 Olympics.

1999 # 1 Hit May 8, 1999 - June 11, 1999: Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca

2010 - Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live, thanks to a push by fans on Facebook. She won an Emmy for her appearance.

May 8, 21** Birthday (fictional) Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games, Book/Film

May 8th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Melissa Gilbert (1964)
Gary Glitter (1944)
Enrique Iglesias (1975)
Robert Johnson (1911- 1938)
Harry S Truman (1884)
Fernandel 'Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin' (1903)
When you go into court you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people that weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
If you can't convince them, confuse them.
- Harry S. Truman


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