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5/8/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 8

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Today in History in 1541 Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi River; in 1933 Mohandas Gandhi began a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India; and in 2014 Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, died at 93.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1521 - Parliament of Worms installs edict against Martin Luther
  • 1541 - Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River
  • 1660 - English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England
  • 1858 - John Brown holds antislavery convention
  • 1899 - Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles)
  • 1907 - Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1933 - Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.
  • 1958 - US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1967 - Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1737 - Edward Gibbon, Putney, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire)
  • 1753 - Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.
  • 1884 - Harry Truman, Lamar Missouri, 33rd US President (D) (1945-1953), (d. 1972)
  • 1911 - Robert Johnson, blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singer)
  • 1926 - David Attenborough, Naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" Series), born in London, England
  • 1932 - Sonny Liston, Sand Slough Arkansas, American heavyweight boxer
  • 1940 - Peter Benchley, novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1940 - Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
  • 1964 - Melissa Gilbert, actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 - Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop (Bailamos, Hero), born in Madrid, Spain

Famous Weddings

  • 1783 - First American flag seamstress Betsy Ross (31) weds John Claypoole at Christ Church
  • 1910 - Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (27) weds first wife Blanche Lasky
  • 1959 - Actress Raquel Welch (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch
  • 1967 - "Bye Bye Birdie" actress Ann-Margret (26) weds actor and screenwriter Roger Smith (34)
  • 1978 - Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah
  • 1981 - Author John Grisham (26) weds Renee Jones
  • 1999 - "ER" actor Goran Visnjic (34) weds Croatian artist Ivana Vrdoljak
  • 2009 - Westlife singer Kian Egan (29) weds actress Jodi Albert (25) in Barbados

Famous Deaths

  • 1819 - Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819)
  • 1967 - Elmer Rice, NY playwright/director/novelist, dies at 74
  • 1973 - Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player (Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles), dies aged 100
  • 2008 - Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)
  • 2009 - Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 2012 - Maurice Sendak, American author/illustrator, dies at 83
  • 2013 - Brian Forbes, English director and actor, dies at 86
  • 2013 - Jeanne Cooper, American actress, dies at 84
  • 2014 - Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93

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