Friday, May 8, 2015

Today in History: Friday, May 08, 2015

AP Highlight in History:
On May 8, 1884, Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, was born in Lamar, Mo.
 
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On this date in:
1541Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River.
1794Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France's Reign of Terror.
1846The first major battle of the Mexican War was fought at Palo Alto, Texas, resulting in victory for Gen. Zachary Taylor's forces.
1886Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for Coca-Cola.
1944The first "eye bank" was established, in New York City.
1945President Harry S. Truman announced in a radio address that World War II had ended in Europe.
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1958Vice President Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru.
1968Jim "Catfish" Hunter of the Oakland Athletics pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland.
1970Construction workers broke up an anti-war protest on New York City's Wall Street.
1970The album "Let It Be" by the Beatles was released.
1973Militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.
1978David Berkowitz pleaded guilty in Brooklyn to the "Son of Sam" killings.
1987Gary Hart, dogged by questions about his personal life, withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1999The Citadel, South Carolina's formerly all-male military school, graduated its first female cadet.
2012Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers became the 16th major league baseball player to hit four home runs in a game.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez turns 33 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
David AttenboroughEnvironmentalist89
Don RicklesComedian89
Dennis DeConciniFormer U.S. senator, D-Ariz.78
Toni TennilleSinger (The Captain and Tennille)75
Gary GlitterRock singer71
Keith JarrettJazz pianist70
Philip BaileyR&B singer (Earth, Wind and Fire)64
Chris FrantzRock musician (Talking Heads)64
Alex Van HalenRock musician (Van Halen)62
Bill CowherFootball coach, sportscaster58
Lovie SmithFootball coach57
Ronnie LottFootball Hall of Famer56
Melissa GilbertActress ("Little House on the Prairie")51
Enrique IglesiasSinger40
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