History Of 8 May
1921 – Sweden abolished capital punishment.
1933 – Gandhi began a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
1939 – Clay Puett’s electric starting gate was used for the first time.
1943 – The Germans suppressed a revolt by Polish Jews and destroyed the Warsaw Ghetto.
1945 – U.S. President Harry Truman announced that World War II had ended in Europe.
1954 – Parry O’Brien became the first to toss a shot put over 60 feet. O’Brien achieved a distance of 60 feet 5 1/4 inches.
1956 – Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of “Mad Magazine” for the first time.
1958 – U.S. President Eisenhower ordered the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green became the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.
1959 – Mike and Marian Ilitch founded “Little Caesars Pizza Treat”.
1960 – Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Soviet Union resumed.
1961 – New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose the Mets.
1970 – Construction workers broke up an anti-war protest on New York City’s Wall Street.
1973 – Militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.
1984 – The Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles.
1984 – Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on ABC-TV’s “Happy Days.”
1985 – “New Coke” was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola.
1986 – Reporters were told that 84,000 people had been evacuated from areas near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Soviet Ukraine.
1997 – Larry King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998 – A pipe burst leaving a million residents without water in Malaysia’s capital area. This added to four days of shortages that 2 million already faced.
1999 – The first female cadet graduated from The Citadel military college.
2019 – The 2019 South African general election is held.