All About May 8th
Happy Birthday to all born on May 8th! If you are curious about the history of today, then scroll down the page to find out what historical events have happened, celebrity birthdays, #1 songs and movies and other fun facts about May 8th!
Everyday is full of holidays you’ve probably never even heard of. Check out the list for today and see if there’s anything you could celebrate today!
May 8th Holidays
- Free Trade Day
Free Trade Day aims to help teach people about the trading system and what the bigger picture is in regards to world markets.
- Iris Day
Every May 8th Belgium has an Iris Festival in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is a day off for Brussels officials. Iris Day is celebrated on May 8th because it takes place during the flowering period of the iris—also called flower of Lys, which is the symbol of the region and is pictured at its flag. It is the day of the victory against Nazi Germany during World War II. It is also one of the feasts of Saint Michael the Archangel, patron saint of Brussels. Part of the festivities of the day include free concerts, street entertainment and food trucks for the general public.
- National Coconut Cream Pie Day
Every May 8th we celebrate Coconut Cream Pie so here is a recipe for you for Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie.
- National Have a Coke Day
Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola. On May 8, 1886 Dr. John Pemberton sold the first glass of Coca-Cola for five cents at Jacobs’ Pharmacy in downtown Atlanta. He thought two C’s would look good together for a logo so penned a fancy Coca Cola label. Dr. Pemberton never realized how his newly created beverage was going to become so popular. He sold portions of his business to various partners and, just prior to his death in 1888, sold his remaining interest in Coca-Cola to Asa G. Candler. An Atlantan business, Mr. Candler proceeded to buy additional rights and acquire complete control.
Some fun facts about Coca-Cola:
* To raise awareness for the newly developed Coca-Cola, Candler had sales representatives handed out coupons good for a free serving.
* The original bottle was shaped like a cocoa bean.
* Canned Coca-Cola were originally developed so the company could send Coca-Cola to soldiers overseas.
* The reason coke is so good at McDonalds is because it is shipped in stainless steel containers, not the conventional plastic bags other suppliers use.
- National Student Nurses Day
On May 8th we recognize and honor student nurses as they pursue a career in medicine. The first person to try to establish a Nurses’ Day was Dorothy Sutherland in 1953. Although nothing because of the first request, the following year was declared National Nurse Week. Eventually The American Nurses Association established National Student Nurse Day to recognizes student nurses in 1998.
- No Socks Day
Another holiday created by husband and wife, Ruth and Thomas Roy, this day is a day to go out and let your feet be free! Enjoy a day feeling the warm earth under your feet!
- Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War is an annual international day of remembrance designated by Resolution 59/26 of the United Nations General Assembly on November 22, 2004. Learn more at https://www.un.org/en/observances/second-world-war-remembrance-days
- Victory in Europe Day
Victory in Europe Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe.
- World Ovarian Cancer Day
Established in 2013 by a group of leaders from ovarian cancer advocacy organizations around the world, May 8 – World Ovarian Cancer Day, is the one day of the year we globally raise our voices in solidarity in the fight against ovarian cancer.
- World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is celebrated on 8 May each year. This date is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, who was born on 8 May 1828.
May 8th Zodiac Sign is Taurus
Taurus is the second astrological sign in the present zodiac. The Sun is in the sign of Taurus.
Time period: April 20 – May 21
Ruling planet: Venus
Zodiac quality: Fixed
Birthstones: Emerald, Diamond, Sapphire, Garnet, Rose quartz
Famous Tauruses: Dwayne Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, Megan Fox, George Clooney, Adele, Mark Zuckerberg, Shakespeare, David Beckham, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
May 8th Trivia
- 1541 – Ferdinand de Soto discovers the Mississippi River.
- 1794 – U.S. Post Office is permanently established by Congress.
- 1884 – Harry S Truman, 33rd U.S. President was born in Lamar, MO.
- 1886 – Coca-Cola is invented by John S. Pemberton originally called it “Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage.”
- 1912 – First Airplane Take-Off from the Deck of a Moving Ship Lt. Samson from the HMS Hibernia.
- 1926- Don Rickles, American Emmy-winning comedian, was born in Queens, New York, NY.
- 1940 – Toni Tennille American singer, with Captain and Tennille was born.
- 1940 – Rick Nelson, American actor, singer, teen-idol. was born.
- 1941 – The #1 movie was, “Meet John Doe,” starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
- 1945 – VE Day British and Americans celebrate Germany’s unconditional surrender the previous day.
- 1953 – Alex Van Halen Dutch-born American drummer, Eddie’s older brother, was born.
- 1958 – Lovie Smith, Football coach was born in Gladewater, TX.
- 1962 -The #1 song on the Hot 100 Billboard was, “Soldier Boy,” by The Shirelles.
- 1964 – The #1 movie was, “The Carpetbaggers.”
- 1964 – Melissa Gilbert, American actress who played Laura Ingalls on the tv show, “Little House on the Prairie,” was born in Los Angeles, CA.
- 1969 – Actress Lana Turner marries for the 8th time to Ronald Dante.
- 1972 – The #1 song on the Adult Contemporary Billboard was, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” by Roberta Flack.
- 1974 – The #1 movie was, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.“
- 1975 – Enrique Iglesias, Singer-songwriter was born in Madrid, Spain.
- 1978 – Matthew Davis, American actor known for playing, Alaric Saltzman in Vampire Diaries, was born in Salt Lake City, UT.
- 1978 – Son of Sam David Berkowitz pleads guilty to killing six people in New York.
- 1980 – First disease eradicated by man, existing now only as laboratory specimens, smallpox is certified as obsolete.
- 1982 – The #1 song on the Hot 100 Billboard was, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
- 1983 – The #1 movie was, “Flashdance.”
- 1987 – Actor Tom Cruise weds actress Mimi Rogers.
- 1992 – Infertility doctor Cecil Jacobson, is sentenced to five years in prison for inseminating women with his sperm, and fooling others into believing they were pregnant.
- 1993 – The #1 movie was, “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.”
- 1996 – The #1 song on the Top 40 Billboard was, “Because You Loved Me,” by Celine Dion.
- 1999 – Dana Plato, who played Kimberly Drummond on TV: Diff’rent Strokes died of a drug overdose which was ruled a suicide.
- 2005 – Actress Renee Zellweger marries country-music singer Kenny Chesney on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- 2008 – The #1 movie was, “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey Jr..
- 2018 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces that under a zero-tolerance policy the U.S. will split up undocumented parents and children who cross the border illegally together.
- 2019 – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have introduced their newborn son to the world and revealed his name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.