Today in History - May 8

1541 – Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River

1639 – William Coddington founds Newport RI

1660 – English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England

1792 – US establishes the military draft

1794 – US Post Office established

1821 – Greek War of Independence: Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia

1834 – Prussia, Austria & Russia sign classified accord about Belgium

1840 – Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process

1847 – Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber Tyre

1879 – George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile

1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells first Coca-Cola

1898 – The first games of the Italian Football League are played

1899 – Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of Alpha and Beta Particles

1912 – Film and television production/distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded

1919 – 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane

1933 – Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India

1945 – V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II

1958 – US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru

1962 – London trolley buses go out of service

1963 – “Dr No” premieres in US

1970 – Beatles release “Let it Be” album

1976 – The first steel coaster with a vertical flip, open at Six Flags Magic Mountain

1980 – World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated

1984 – The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los                     Angeles

1984 – Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed

1999 – Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from the Citadel military college

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