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Wednesday May 8, 2019

May 8: Day of the Week

May 8, 2019 was the 128th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 237 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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May 8 Historical Event(s)

  • 1899
    The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
  • 1941
    The German Luftwaffe launch a bombing raid on Nottingham and Derby
  • 1942
    World War II: Gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebel in the Cocos Islands Mutiny. Their mutiny is crushed and three of them are executed, the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War.
  • 1945
    End of the Prague uprising, today celebrated as a national holiday in the Czech Republic.
  • 1945
    Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre.
  • 1945
    World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender.
  • 1946
    Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial which stood in front of the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announces his order to place mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation.
  • 1973
    A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.
  • 1984
    Thames Barrier officially opened.

Who were born on May 8?

  • 1853
    Dan Brouthers, baseball player (d. 1932)
  • 1893
    Francis Ouimet, American golfer and businessman (d. 1967)
  • 1901
    Turkey Stearnes, American baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1914
    Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • 1915
    Milton Meltzer, American writer (d. 2009)
  • 1927
    Chumy Chúmez, Spanish film director (d. 2003)
  • 1940
    Emilio Delgado, American actor
  • 1946
    André Boulerice, French-Canadian politician
  • 1953
    Alex Van Halen, Dutch-born American drummer (Van Halen)
  • 1968
    Jamie Summers, American porn star

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