May 8th

2012
Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers became the 16th major league baseball player to hit four home runs in a game.
Josh Hamilton
2007
A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister.
First Minister and deputy First Minister
1999
The Citadel, South Carolina's formerly all-male military school, graduated its first female cadet.
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
1987
Gary Hart, dogged by questions about his personal life, withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Gary Hart
1984
Moscow announces that the USSR will not take part in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Several other countries, such as Cuba, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Eastern Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Vietnam joined the boycott. 4 years earlier, the United States had not sent any athletes to the Summer Olympics in Moscow.
1984 Summer Olympics boycott
1980
World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated.
Eradication of infectious diseases
1978
Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler climb Mount Everest without oxygen supply. Prior to the Italian and Austrian mountaineers' ascent, it was thought to be impossible to conquer the world's highest mountain without supplemental oxygen.
Reinhold Messner
1973
Militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.
Wounded Knee incident
1970
The Beatles release the album Let It Be. The recording was the last studio album ever released by the legendary English rock band.
Let It Be
1968
Jim 'Catfish' Hunter of the Oakland Athletics pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland.
History of the Oakland Athletics
1958
Vice President Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru.
1945
President Harry S. Truman announced in a radio address that World War II had ended in Europe.
Victory over Japan Day
1944
The first 'eye bank' was established, in New York City.
Eye bank
1927
The White Bird and its crew mysteriously disappear. French aviators, Charles Nungesser and François Coli, had taken off from Paris in their Levasseur PL.8 biplane in an attempt to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight. Their disappearance remains a mystery. Charles Lindbergh succeeded two weeks later.
L'Oiseau Blanc
1902
Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, destroying the town of St. Pierre, and killing 40,000 people.
Mount Pelée
1895
China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki.
Treaty of Shimonoseki (1895)
1886
Coca-Cola is invented. According to legend, Dr. John Styth Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, produced the syrup in a brass pot in his backyard. It was first intended as a patent medicine. Today, Coca-Cola is one of the world's most popular soft drinks and one of the most recognized trademarks.
Coca-Cola
1877
The first Westminister Dog Show was held.
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
1846
The first major battle of the Mexican War was fought at Palo Alto, Texas, resulting in victory for Gen. Zachary Taylor's forces.
Battle of Palo Alto
1835
1st installment of Hans Christian Andersen "Fairy Tales" published by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Fairy Tales Told for Children. First Collection.
1794
Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France's Reign of Terror.
Antoine Lavoisier
1660
English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England.
Charles II of England
1541
Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River.
Hernando de Soto