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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)

  • 413
    Emperor Honorius signs an edict providing tax relief for the Italian provinces Tuscia, Campania, Picenum, Samnium, Apulia, Lucania and Calabria, who are plundered by the Visigoths.
  • 1788
    The French Parlement is suspended to be replaced by the creation of forty-seven new courts.
  • 1821
    Greek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks at the Battle of Gravia.
  • 1886
    Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine.
  • 1899
    The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
  • 1912
    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. In the United States it was called Armistice Day and is now Veterans Day.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Japanese Imperial Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
  • 1945
    Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre.
  • 1978
    First ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.

Who were born on May 8?

  • 1460
    Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (d. 1536)
  • 1895
    Edmund Wilson, American writer (d. 1972)
  • 1919
    Lex Barker, American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1941
    Bill Lockyer, American politician
  • 1958
    Lovie Smith, American professional football coach
  • 1968
    Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • 1973
    Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese artist
  • 1981
    Yasuko Tajima, Japanese swimmer
  • 1985
    Mashio Miyazaki, Japanese actress
  • 1989
    Lars Eller, Danish ice hockey player

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