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Tuesday 8 May 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which Mother's Day can fall, while May 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Sunday of May. (United States and others)
  • Emancipation Day (Columbus, Mississippi)
  • White Lotus Day (Theosophy)

Events

  • 1978 – The first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.
  • 1976 – The rollercoaster The New Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  • 1973 – A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
  • 1927 – Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and François Coli disappear after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane.
  • 1912 – Paramount Pictures is founded.
  • 1899 – The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin produced its first play.
  • 1898 – The first games of the Italian football league system are played.
  • 1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.
  • 1877 – At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is named the capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1846 – Mexican–American War: The Battle of Palo Alto: Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war.

Births

  • 1992 – Kevin Hayes, American ice hockey player
  • 1990 – Kemba Walker, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Felix Jones, American football player
  • 1986 – Galen Rupp, American runner
  • 1986 – Marvell Wynne, American soccer player
  • 1985 – Tommaso Ciampa, American wrestler
  • 1985 – Usama Young, American football player
  • 1983 – Bershawn Jackson, American hurdler
  • 1983 – Lawrence Vickers, American football player
  • 1982 – Adrian Gonzalez, American baseball player
  • 1981 – John Maine, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Manny Gamburyan, Armenian-American mixed martial artist
  • 1980 – Keyon Dooling, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Joe Bonamassa, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1976 – Gonçalo Abecasis, Portuguese-American biochemist and academic
  • 1976 – Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1975 – Enrique Iglesias, Spanish-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1974 – Korey Stringer, American football player (d. 2001)
  • 1971 – Candice Night, American singer-songwriter
  • 1971 – Chuck Huber, American voice actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Akebono Tarō, American-Japanese sumo wrestler, the 64th Yokozuna
  • 1964 – Bobby Labonte, American race car driver
  • 1964 – Melissa Gilbert, American actress and director
  • 1963 – Rick Zombo, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1961 – Bill de Blasio, American politician, 109th Mayor of New York City
  • 1961 – David Winning, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Eric Brittingham, American bass player
  • 1959 – Ronnie Lott, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Brooks Newmark, American-English businessman and politician, Lord of the Treasury
  • 1958 – Lovie Smith, American football player and coach
  • 1957 – Bill Cowher, American football player and coach
  • 1955 – Stephen Furst, American actor and director
  • 1954 – David Keith, American actor and director
  • 1954 – John Michael Talbot, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – Pam Arciero, American puppeteer and voice actress
  • 1953 – Alex Van Halen, Dutch-American drummer
  • 1953 – Billy Burnette, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1951 – Chris Frantz, American drummer and producer
  • 1951 – Mike D'Antoni, American basketball player and coach
  • 1951 – Philip Bailey, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor
  • 1950 – Robert Mugge, American director and producer
  • 1948 – Stephen Stohn, American-Canadian lawyer and producer
  • 1948 – Steve Braun, American baseball player and coach
  • 1947 – H. Robert Horvitz, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1945 – Keith Jarrett, American pianist and composer
  • 1945 – Mike German, Baron German, Welsh educator and politician, Deputy First Minister for Wales
  • 1943 – Danny Whitten, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972)
  • 1941 – Bill Lockyer, American academic and politician, 30th Attorney General of California
  • 1941 – James Traficant, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1941 – John Fred, American singer-songwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1940 – Peter Benchley, American author and screenwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1940 – Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 1985)
  • 1940 – Toni Tennille, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1939 – Paul Drayton, American sprinter (d. 2010)
  • 1937 – Mike Cuellar, Cuban-American baseball player (d. 2010)
  • 1937 – Thomas Pynchon, American novelist
  • 1930 – Doug Atkins, American football player (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Gary Snyder, American poet, essayist, and translator
  • 1929 – Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • 1928 – Robert Conley, American journalist (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Ted Sorensen, American lawyer, 8th White House Counsel (d. 2010)
  • 1926 – Don Rickles, American comedian and actor (d. 2017)
  • 1922 – Mary Q. Steele, American naturalist and author (d. 1992)
  • 1920 – Saul Bass, American graphic designer and director (d. 1996)
  • 1920 – Sloan Wilson, American author and poet (d. 2003)
  • 1919 – Lex Barker, American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1917 – John Anderson, Jr., American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Kansas (d. 2014)
  • 1915 – Milton Meltzer, American historian and author (d. 2009)
  • 1913 – Bob Clampett, American animator, director, and producer (d. 1984)
  • 1911 – Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1938)
  • 1910 – Andrew E. Svenson, American author and publisher (d. 1975)
  • 1910 – Mary Lou Williams, American pianist and composer (d. 1981)
  • 1905 – Red Nichols, American cornet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1965)
  • 1901 – Turkey Stearnes, American baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1899 – Arthur Q. Bryan, American actor, voice actor, comedian and radio personality (d. 1959)
  • 1895 – Edmund Wilson, American critic, essayist, and editor (d. 1972)
  • 1895 – Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop (d. 1979)
  • 1895 – James H. Kindelberger, American businessman (d. 1962)
  • 1893 – Edd Roush, American baseball player and coach (d. 1988)
  • 1893 – Francis Ouimet, American golfer (d. 1967)
  • 1884 – Harry S. Truman, American colonel and politician, 33rd President of the United States (d. 1972)
  • 1879 – Wesley Coe, American shot putter, discus thrower, and tug of war competitor (d. 1926)
  • 1853 – Dan Brouthers, American baseball player and manager (d. 1932)
  • 1850 – Ross Barnes, American baseball player and manager (d. 1915)
  • 1846 – Oscar Hammerstein I, American businessman and composer (d. 1919)
  • 1829 – Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer (d. 1869)
  • 1828 – Henry Dunant, Swiss businessman and activist, co-founded the Red Cross, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1824 – William Walker, American physician, lawyer, journalist and mercenary (d. 1860)
  • 1821 – William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1885)
  • 1815 – Edward Tompkins, American lawyer and politician (d. 1872)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Tom M. Apostol, American analytic number theorist (b. 1923)
  • 2016 – William Schallert, American actor; president (1979–81) of the Screen Actors Guild (b. 1922)
  • 2014 – Joseph P. Teasdale, American lawyer and politician, 48th Governor of Missouri (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Nancy Malone, American actress, director, and producer (b. 1935)
  • 2014 – R. Douglas Stuart Jr., American businessman and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Norway (b. 1916)
  • 2014 – Roger L. Easton, American scientist, co-invented the GPS (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Hugh J. Silverman, American philosopher and theorist (b. 1945)
  • 2013 – Jeanne Cooper, American actress (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Everett Lilly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Jerry McMorris, American businessman (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Roman Totenberg, Polish-American violinist and educator (b. 1911)
  • 2012 – Stacy Robinson, American football player (b. 1962)
  • 2009 – Bud Shrake, American journalist and author (b. 1931)
  • 2009 – Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 2008 – Eddy Arnold, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Carson Whitsett, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (b. 1945)
  • 2007 – Philip R. Craig, American author and poet (b. 1933)
  • 2000 – Henry Nicols, American activist (b. 1973)
  • 1999 – Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1964)
  • 1999 – Ed Gilbert, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 1998 – Charles Rebozo, American banker and businessman (b. 1912)
  • 1996 – Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
  • 1996 – Larry Levis, American poet, author, and critic (b. 1946)
  • 1994 – George Peppard, American actor and producer (b. 1928)
  • 1993 – Avram Davidson, American soldier and author (b. 1923)
  • 1992 – Joyce Ricketts, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 1988 – Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer and screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 1985 – Dolph Sweet, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1985 – Theodore Sturgeon, American author and critic (b. 1918)
  • 1984 – Lila Bell Wallace, American publisher, co-founded Reader's Digest (b. 1890)
  • 1983 – John Fante, American author and acreenwriter (b. 1909)
  • 1982 – Neil Bogart, American record producer, co-founded Casablanca Records (b. 1943)
  • 1975 – Avery Brundage, American businessman and art collector (b. 1887)
  • 1969 – Remington Kellogg, American zoologist and paleontologist (b. 1892)
  • 1952 – William Fox, Austrian businessman, founded Fox Theatres (b. 1879)
  • 1947 – Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-English businessman, founded Selfridges (b. 1858)
  • 1907 – Edmund G. Ross, American soldier and politician, 13th Governor of New Mexico Territory (b. 1826)
  • 1822 – John Stark, American general (b. 1728)
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