What Happened on May 8


Historical Events

1942 – German summer offensive opens in Crimea
1950 – President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
1967 – The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental
1971 – Courtney, Courtney, and Link’s musical “Earl of Ruston” closes at Billy Rose Theater, NYC, after 5 performances
1993 – Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
2018 – President Trump pulls the US out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal

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Famous Birthdays

1839 – Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist (“O! Canada”), born in Saint-Placide, Quebec (d. 1920)
1927 – Ian Denholm, Scottish shipping CEO (Murray Investment Trust), born in Kilmacolm, Scotland (d. 2018)
1968 – Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
1969 – Akebono Taro, American born Japanese sumo wrestler (1st non Japanese to reach rank of Yokozuna), born in Waimānalo, Hawaii
1978 – Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer, rapper, and dancer (HOT; JTL), and actor, born in Daegu, South Korea
1987 – Felix Jones, American football player (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Famous Deaths

1278 – Emperor Duanzong of China (b. 1268)
1788 – Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born physician and naturalist (b. 1723)
1846 – Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, dies at 59
1864 – Leroy Augustus Stafford, Confederate American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies from injuries incurred 3 days earlier during the Battle of the Wilderness in northern Virginia, at 42
1957 – Jan Sluyters, Dutch painter (Moderne Kunstkring), dies at 75
1992 – Sergey Vladimirovich Obraztsov, Soviet puppet master, dies at 90

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