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May 8 – this day in history

Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees to celebrate the Victory Day France on May 8
Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees to celebrate the Victory Day France; Image credit

While we may be celebrating Mother’s Day on May 8, the French are celebrating La Fête De La Victoire – WWII Victory Day to celebrate the end of World War II and the French people’s freedom. It is also known as Victory Day France. Charles de Gaulle and ringing church bells announced the end of a war and the Nazi oppression in France that lasted six years. Also, the United States and Great Britain celebrated Victory in Europe Day after German troops laid down their arms in Copenhagen, Oslo, Prague, Karlshorst and elsewhere.

In 1794, the United States Post Office was established.

On May 8 in 1963, fans of James Bond first set sights on a relatively unknown Sean Connery through the barrel of a pistol when Dr No released.

Other years when May 8 was significant were:

Jorasanko Thakur Bari where Rabindra Bharati University, a state university established in 1962, is located; Image credit
Jorasanko Thakur Bari where Rabindra Bharati University, a state university established in 1962, is located; Image credit

1794 – US Post Office was established.
1847 – Robert W. Thompson patented the rubber tyre.
1886 – Pharmacist Dr John Styth Pemberton invented ‘Coca Cola’.
1912 – Paramount Pictures was established.
1919 – The first transatlantic flight took-off by a Navy seaplane.
1962 – The Rabindra Bharati University was founded in West Bengal, India.
1980 – The World Health Organization announced that smallpox is eradicated.
1984 – USSR pulls out of Olympics, blaming commercialisation of the games and a lack of security measures.

Birthdays today:
• 1884 – Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States
• 1906 – Roberto Rossellini, Italian director.
• 1913 – Charles Scorsese, American actor and father of Martin Scorsese
• 1926 – David Attenborough, English environmentalist and television host
• 1929 – Girija Devi, Indian classical singer

 

Text by Aarti Kapur Singh

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