About May 8

May 8, 2023 is the 128th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 237 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Taurus is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 278 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 8

  • 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.
  • 1541
    Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo.
  • 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.
  • 1898
    The first games of the Italian football league system are played.
  • 1902
    In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast.
  • 1919
    Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day. In the United States it was called Armistice Day and is now Veterans Day.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    The German Luftwaffe launch a bombing raid on Nottingham and Derby
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Japanese Imperial Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
  • 1945
    End of the Prague uprising, today celebrated as a national holiday in the Czech Republic.
  • 1945
    Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre.
  • 1945
    World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Thames Barrier officially opened.
  • 1984
    The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1987
    The Loughgall Ambush: The SAS kills eight Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a civilian during an ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.

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