What happened today in history?
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May 8

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
2000  The funeral Mass for Cardinal John O'Connor in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral attracts thousands of mourners, including US president Bill Clinton.
1996South Africa approves its constitution granting equal rights for blacks and whites.
1987Democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart withdraws from the nomination battle because of questions about his relationship with model Donna Rice.
1978David R. Berkowitz pleads guilty to the Son of Sam murders in New York.
1968Jim Hunter pitches a perfect game as the Oakland A's beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0.
1962A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring Zero Mostel, opens on Broadway. It would run for 964 performances.
1945Germany surrenders during WWII (V- E Day).
1944The first eye bank is established in New York City.
1902Mt. Pelee erupts, killing 30,000 people on the island of Martinique.
1886  Atlanta pharmacist John Stith Pemberton invents the flavored syrup for Coca-Cola®.
1846American General Zachary Taylor's forces win the first major battle of the Mexican War at Palo Alto, TX.
1819Hawaiian King Kamehameha dies.
1541Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River in what is now the southeastern US.

Born today:

1985  Julia Whelan - actress

1975  Enrique Iglesias - singer

1972  Darren Hayes - singer (Savage Garden)

1964  Melissa Gilbert - actress

1964  Dave Rowntree - rock drummer (Blur)

1959  Ronnie Lott - football player

1955  Alex Van Halen - rock drummer (Van Halen)

1954  David Keith - actor

1951  Philip Bailey - singer (Earth, Wind and Fire)

1951  Chris Frantz - drummer (Talking Heads)

1948  Billy Burnette - singer

1944  Gary Glitter - rock singer

1943  Toni Tennille - singer (The Captain & Tennille)

1941  James Mitchum - actor

1940  Ricky Nelson - actor, singer

1940  Peter Benchley - author

1937  Mike Cuellar - baseball pitcher (Cy Young Award, 1969)

1932  Sonny Liston - heavyweight boxing champ (1962, 1963)

1926  Don Rickles - comedian, actor

1926  David Attenborough - naturalist

1919  Lex Barker - actor

1911  Robert Johnson - blues singer, guitarist

1895  Bishop Fulton Sheen - televangelist

1884  Harry S. Truman - 33rd US president

1847  Oscar Hammerstein - playwright

1828  Jean Henri Dunant - Red Cross Society founder



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