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On This Day: May 08th

This is 128th day of the year and 237 days remain in the year.

in history
1794
Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.
1877
The first Westminister Dog Show was held.
1902
Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, destroying the town of St. Pierre, and killing 40,000 people.
1945
V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II.
1973
The 10-week Wounded Knee occupation ended when members of the American Indian Movement surrendered.
1978
David Berkowitz, a.k.a. the “Son of Sam,” plead guilty to killing six people in New York City.
1999
The Citadel in South Carolina graduated its first female cadet, Nancy Mace.
May 08 BirthdaysHarry S. Truman1884–1972, former U.S. president, born in Lamar, Missouri.
Peter Benchleynovelist
Joselitomatador
Jean Henri Dunantfounder of the International Red Cross
Edward Gibbonhistorian
Thomas Pynchonnovelist



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