THIS DAY IN HISTORY 08/05


This Day in History 08/05

MAY 8TH

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1541 – Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River

1792 – British Capt George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Wash

1847 – Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre

1858 – John Brown holds antislavery convention

1895 – China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki

1912 – Film and television production/distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded

1919 – Edward 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

1933 – Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.

1980 – World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated

1996 – South Africa’s Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution

2013 – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi receives a four year prison sentence for fraud

2013 – Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United’s manager at the end of the season

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1753 – Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.

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1786 – Thomas Hancock, founded British rubber industry

1884 – Harry Truman, Lamar Missouri, 33rd US President (D) (1945-1953), (d. 1972)

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1911 – Robert Johnson, blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singer)

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1940 – Peter Benchley, NYC, novelist (Jaws, The Deep), (d. 2006)

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1975 – Enrique Iglesias, Madrid, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop (Bailamos, Hero)

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FAMOUS DEATHS

1819 – Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819

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873 – John Stuart Mill, great Empiricist philosopher, dies at 66

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1985 – Karl Marx, German composer/conductor, dies at 87

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