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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 French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.

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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.
  • 1794
    Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by revolutionists, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme Générale, is tried, convicted, and guillotined all on the same day in Paris.
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: The Battle of Palo Alto – Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is named the capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1924
    the Klaipėda Convention is signed formally incorporating Klaipėda Region (Memel Territory) into Lithuania.
  • 1963
    South Vietnamese soldiers of Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem open fire on Buddhists defying a ban on the flying of the Buddhist flag on Vesak, killing nine.
  • 1967
    The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
  • 1978
    First ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.
  • 1980
    The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization.
  • 1984
    Thames Barrier officially opened.

Who were born on May 8?

  • 1738
    Mikhail Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1809)
  • 1753
    Miguel Hidalgo Mexican revolutionary (d. 1811)
  • 1786
    Jean Vianney, French Catholic priest (d. 1859)
  • 1910
    Andrew E. Svenson, American children’s book author and publisher (d. 1975)
  • 1916
    Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist (d. 1993)
  • 1932
    Julieta Campos, Cuban-born Mexican writer (d. 2007)
  • 1932
    Phyllida Law, Scottish actress
  • 1951
    Philip Bailey, American singer (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • 1968
    Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • 1987
    Felix Jones, American football player

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