Monday, May 08, 2017
History for May 8 - On-This-Day.com:
Jean Henri Dunant 1828, Oscar Hammerstein 1847, Harry S. Truman (U.S.) 1884 - 33rd president of the United States
Don Rickles 1926 - Comedian, Sonny Liston 1932, Ricky Nelson (Eric Hilliard Nelson) 1940 - Musician
1541 - Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River. He called it Rio de Espiritu Santo.
1794 - Antoine Lavoisier was executed by guillotine. He was the French chemist that discovered oxygen.
1886 - Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called "Coca-Cola."
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.
1956 - Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of "Mad Magazine" for the first time.
1959 - Mike and Marian Ilitch founded "Little Caesars Pizza Treat".
1985 - "New Coke" was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola.