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Friday May 8, 2020

May 8: Day of the Week

May 8, 2020 was the 129th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 237 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

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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)

  • 1886
    Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine.
  • 1898
    The first games of the Italian football league system are played.
  • 1924
    the Klaipėda Convention is signed formally incorporating Klaipėda Region (Memel Territory) into Lithuania.
  • 1927
    Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli disappeared after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane.
  • 1945
    End of the Prague uprising, today celebrated as a national holiday in the Czech Republic.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization.
  • 1984
    The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1997
    A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 crashes on approach into Bao'an International Airport, killing 35 people.

Who were born on May 8?

  • 1842
    Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist (d. 1909)
  • 1847
    Oscar Hammerstein I, American theater producer and impresario (d. 1919)
  • 1850
    Ross Barnes, baseball player (d. 1915)
  • 1853
    Dan Brouthers, baseball player (d. 1932)
  • 1919
    Lex Barker, American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1920
    Sloan Wilson, American author (d. 2003)
  • 1968
    Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • 1975
    Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Ian Watkins, Welsh singer and actor (Steps)
  • 1981
    Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer

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