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Wednesday May 8, 2019

May 8: Day of the Week

May 8, 2019 is the 128th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 237 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is 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)

  • 589
    Reccared summons the Third Council of Toledo.
  • 1450
    Jack Cade’s Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
  • 1821
    Greek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks at the Battle of Gravia.
  • 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.
  • 1933
    Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
  • 1972
    Four Black September terrorists hijack Sabena Flight 571. Israeli Sayeret Matkal commandos recapture the plane the following day.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 8?

  • 1521
    Petrus Canisius, Dutch Jesuit (d. 1597)
  • 1839
    Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist (d. 1920)
  • 1906
    Roberto Rossellini, Italian director (d. 1977)
  • 1925
    Ali Hassan Mwinyi, President of Tanzania
  • 1926
    Don Rickles, American comedian
  • 1928
    Theodore Sorensen, American lawyer and special counsel to John F. Kennedy (d. 2010)
  • 1945
    Keith Jarrett, American musician
  • 1951
    Philip Bailey, American singer (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • 1958
    Lovie Smith, American professional football coach
  • 1981
    Yasuko Tajima, Japanese swimmer

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