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Saturday May 8, 2021

May 8: Day of the Week

May 8, 2021 is the 128th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 237 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.

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

May 2021
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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)

  • 1450
    Jack Cade’s Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.
  • 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.
  • 1886
    Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine.
  • 1912
    Paramount Pictures is founded.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial which stood in front of the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization.
  • 1984
    Thames Barrier officially opened.
  • 1984
    The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

Who were born on May 8?

  • 1828
    Jean Henri Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross; Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1903
    Fernandel, French actor (d. 1971)
  • 1916
    Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist (d. 1993)
  • 1940
    Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • 1946
    Jonathan Dancy, British philosopher
  • 1964
    Melissa Gilbert, American actress
  • 1970
    Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist
  • 1975
    Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • 1985
    Mashio Miyazaki, Japanese actress
  • 1991
    Ethan Gage, Canadian soccer player

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