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  • Lamar, Missouri, U.S.
    Thursday May 8, 1884

    Harry S. Truman

    Birth

    Lamar, Missouri, U.S.
    Thursday May 8, 1884

    Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri, on May 8, 1884.




  • India
    Monday May 8, 1933

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

    21-day fast of self-purification

    India
    Monday May 8, 1933

    In 1932, Gandhi began a new campaign to improve the lives of the untouchables, whom he started referring to as Harijans or "the children of god". On 8 May 1933, Gandhi began a 21-day fast of self-purification and launched a one-year campaign to help the Harijan movement. This new campaign was not universally embraced within the Dalit community. Ambedkar and his allies felt Gandhi was being paternalistic and was undermining Dalit political rights.




  • Algeria
    Tuesday May 8, 1945

    Algerian War

    The Sétif Massacre

    Algeria
    Tuesday May 8, 1945

    At first, and despite the Sétif massacre of May 8, 1945, and the pro-Independence struggle before World War II, most Algerians were in favor of a relative status-quo. While Messali Hadj had radicalized by forming the FLN, Ferhat Abbas maintained a more moderate, electoral strategy.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 8, 1945

    Buckingham Palace

    Victory in Europe Day

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 8, 1945

    On VE Day—8 May 1945—the palace was the centre of British celebrations. The King, the Queen, Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen), and Princess Margaret appeared on the balcony, with the palace's blacked-out windows behind them, to cheers from a vast crowd in The Mall. The damaged Palace was carefully restored after the war by John Mowlem & Co. It was designated a Grade I listed building in 1970.




  • Jerusalem, Israel
    Tuesday May 8, 1962

    Oskar Schindler (Schindler's List)

    the Avenue of the Righteous

    Jerusalem, Israel
    Tuesday May 8, 1962

    8 May 1962, Yad Vashem invited Schindler to a ceremony in which a carob tree was planted in his honor on the Avenue of the Righteous.




  • U.S.
    Friday May 8, 1970

    The Beatles

    The Beatle's Last

    U.S.
    Friday May 8, 1970

    On 8 May, the Spector-produced Let It Be was released. Its accompanying single, "The Long and Winding Road", was the Beatles' last; it was released in the United States, but not in the UK.




  • Serbia
    Monday May 8, 1989

    Kosovo War

    Milošević became President of the Presidency of Serbia

    Serbia
    Monday May 8, 1989

    On 8 May 1989, Milošević became President of the Presidency of Serbia, which was confirmed on 6 December.


  • Serbia
    Monday May 8, 1989

    Slobodan Milošević

    The President of The Presidency of The Socialist Republic of Serbia

    Serbia
    Monday May 8, 1989

    On 8 May 1989, Milošević became The 7th President of the Presidency of the Socialist Republic of Serbia.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 8, 1998

    James Bond

    The Facts of Death was published

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 8, 1998

    The Facts of Death, first published in 1998, was the third novel by Raymond Benson featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond (including Benson's novelization of Tomorrow Never Dies).


  • California, U.S.
    Monday May 8, 2000

    Java (programming language)

    J2SE 1.3

    California, U.S.
    Monday May 8, 2000

    On May 8, 2000, Sun Microsystems released J2SE 1.3.


  • Camberley, England
    Sunday May 8, 2005

    Prince Harry

    Entering The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

    Camberley, England
    Sunday May 8, 2005

    Harry entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 8 May 2005, where he was known as Officer Cadet Wales, and joined the Alamein Company.


  • U.S.
    Sunday May 8, 2005

    DC Comics

    A New logo (dubbed the "DC spin")

    U.S.
    Sunday May 8, 2005

    On May 8, 2005, a new logo (dubbed the "DC spin") was unveiled, debuting on DC titles in June 2005 with DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1 and the rest of the titles the following week. In addition to comics, it was designed for DC properties in other media, which was used for movies since Batman Begins, with Superman Returns showing the logo's normal variant, and the TV series Smallville, the animated series Justice League Unlimited and others, as well as for collectibles and other merchandise. The logo was designed by Josh Beatman of Brainchild Studios


  • U.S.
    Tuesday May 8, 2007

    Java (programming language)

    JVM Finished

    U.S.
    Tuesday May 8, 2007

    On 8 May 2007, Sun finished the process of Java virtual machine, making all of its core code available under free software/open-source distribution terms, aside from a small portion of code to which Sun did not hold the copyright.


  • Argentina
    Tuesday May 8, 2007

    Diego Maradona

    Quit drinking and had not used drugs

    Argentina
    Tuesday May 8, 2007

    On 8 May 2007, Maradona appeared on Argentine television and stated that he had quit drinking and had not used drugs in two and a half years.


  • Moscow, Russia
    Thursday May 8, 2008

    Vladimir Putin

    Second premiership

    Moscow, Russia
    Thursday May 8, 2008

    Putin was barred from a third consecutive term by the Constitution. First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was elected his successor. In a power-switching operation on 8 May 2008, only a day after handing the presidency to Medvedev, Putin was appointed Prime Minister of Russia, maintaining his political dominance.


  • The Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia
    Friday May 8, 2015

    Prince Harry

    Harry's attachment Ending

    The Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia
    Friday May 8, 2015

    Harry's attachment with the ADF ended on 8 May 2015.


  • Norway
    Tuesday May 8, 2018

    Harald V

    The King's Constitutional Status as Holy was dissolved

    Norway
    Tuesday May 8, 2018

    On 8 May 2018, the King's constitutional status as holy was dissolved, while leaving his sovereign immunity intact.


  • Spain
    Friday May 8, 2020

    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    Spain state on May 8

    Spain
    Friday May 8, 2020

    As of 8 May 2020, there have been 222,857 confirmed cases and 26,299 deaths while there have been 131,148 recoveries. The actual number of cases, however, is likely to be much higher, as many people with only mild or no symptoms are unlikely to have been tested. The number of deaths is also believed to be an underestimate due to lack of testing and reporting, perhaps by as much as 10,000 according to excess mortality analysis.


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