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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THIS DAY IN HISTORY 07/04


This Day in History 07/04 APRIL 7TH

95 – France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length.

1798 – Mississippi Territory organized

1902 – Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms

1906 – Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.

1934 – In India, Mahatma Gandhi suspended his campaign of civil disobedience

1940 – 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T. Washington)

1941 – British generals O’Connor & Neame captured in North Africa

1946 – Syria’s independence from France is officially recognised.

1948 – World Health Organization forms by UN

1953 – Dag Hammarskjoeld of Sweden elected 2nd UN general-secretary

1956 – Spain relinquishes her protectorate in Morocco

1963 – Yugoslavia proclaimed a Socialistic republic

1992 – Republika Srpska (aka the Bosnian Serb Republic) announces its independence.

2012 – Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1770 – William Wordsworth, England, poet laureate (Prelude)

1926 – Johannes Rood, Dutch immunologist (Eurotransplant)

1927 – Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (d. 2003) image

1954 – Jackie Chan, martial art actor (Rumble in the Bronx)

1964 – Russell Crowe, Wellington, New Zealand, Australian/New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator) image

FAMOUS DEATHS

1972 – Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered

1972 – Victor Wong, actor (Mission to Moscow, King Kong) dies at 65

FAMOUS WEDDING

1921 – French president Charles de Gaulle (30) weds Yvonne Vendroux (20)

2003 – Academy Award “Gladiator” actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia Adejokeiyabadan’s blogblog