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Friday May 8, 2020

May 8: Day of the Week

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

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

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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)

  • 1788
    The French Parlement is suspended to be replaced by the creation of forty-seven new courts.
  • 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.
  • 1899
    The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens.
  • 1933
    Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.
  • 1946
    Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial which stood in front of the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • 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
    Corporal Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three and wounding 13. René Jalbert, sergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour.
  • 1984
    Thames Barrier officially opened.

Who were born on May 8?

  • 1622
    Claes Rålamb, Swedish statesman (d. 1698)
  • 1653
    Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshall of France (d. 1734)
  • 1884
    Harry S. Truman, President of the United States (d. 1972)
  • 1926
    Don Rickles, American comedian
  • 1932
    Sonny Liston, American boxer (d. 1970)
  • 1940
    Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • 1954
    Stephen Furst, American actor
  • 1963
    Sylvain Cossette, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • 1970
    Luis Enrique, Spanish football player
  • 1987
    Felix Jones, American football player

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