8 May


May 22, 2022

May 8 is the 128th day of the year (the 129th in leap years). There are 237 days remaining until the end of the year. May 8, 1945 is the date of Norway's liberation from Germany. The day is also celebrated as Veterans Day from 2011. It is also the International Day of the Red Cross.

Name day

Åge, Åke


549 - The Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe is consecrated in Ravenna, Italy. 1429 - The siege of Orléans ends with a decisive French victory. This was Jeanne d’Arc’s first major military victory. 1660 - The English Parliament proclaims that Charles II had been the legal monarch since the execution of Charles I on January 30, 1649. 1781 - Spain recaptures the British province of West Florida at the Battle of Pensacola. 1794 - "The father of modern chemistry", Antoine Lavoisier, is brought to justice, charged with treason. He is found guilty and executed with guillotine the same day. 1852 - The London Protocol establishes the integrity of the Danish state "as a European necessity and standing principle" and stipulates that the duchies of Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg should be in a staff union with the Danish king. 1861 - Richmond, Virginia becomes the capital of the American Confederation. 1886 - Coca-Cola is first served in Atlanta, USA. Invented by pharmacist John S. Pemberton. 1914 - Paramount Pictures is founded. 1921 - The Romanian Communist Party is formed. 1933 - Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest of British oppression in India. 1942 - The four-day battle of the Coral Sea ends. It is the first battle where aircraft carriers came into conflict with each other. 1978 - Peter Habeler and Reinhold Messner climb Mount Everest without additional oxygen. 1984 - The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. 2013 - Alex Ferguson resigns from his managerial job at Manchester United after 26 years at the age of 71.

Norsk historie

1599 - City fire in Trondheim. Among other things, Our Lady's Church is burning down. 1900 - The Tuberculosis Act is passed by the Storting. 1903 - The Norwegian football club Sarpsborg Football Club (SFC) is founded. 1916 - Guldbergs Akademiske Kor is founded. 1929 - Norway annexes Jan Mayen. 1945 - World War II: The German forces in Norway capitulate unconditionally. Josef Terboven commits suicide in his bunker at Skaugum. 1960 - May 8 becomes public flag day in Norway. 1972 - The Ministry of the Environment is established with Olav Gjærevoll as Minister of State. 1988 - The Commonwealth is established. 1996 - The supporter club of the Haugesund Football Club, Maakeberget, is established.


See more who were born May 8 in Category: Births May 8. 1828 - Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901 (d. 1910) 1852 - Makonnen Woldemikael Gudessa, Ethiopian nobleman (d. 1906) 1876 ​​- Ludvig Karsten, Norwegian painter (d. 1926) 1884 - Harry S. Truman, President of the United States (d. 1972) 1901 - Ingrid Bjerkås, first female priest in the Church of Norway (d. 1980) 1907 - Sigvald Bernhard Refsum, Norwegian doctor (d. 1991) 1909 - Robert Johnson, influential American blues musician (d. 1938) 1915 - Arvid Fladmoe, Norwegian musician and conductor (d. 1993) 1916 - João Havelange, Brazilian swimmer, water polo player, IOC member and president of FIFA (d. 2016) 1920 - Tom of Finland, Finnish artist (d. 1991) 1922 - Bernardin Gantin, Benin cardinal (d. 2008) 1922 - Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, South Korean cardinal (d. 2009) 1925 - Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Tanzanian politician and president 1927 - László Paskai, Hungarian cardinal (d. 2015) 1932 - Arnulf Baring, German historian (d. 2019) 1932 - Astrid Murberg Martinsen, Norwegian politician (d. 1991) 1935 - Princess Elisabeth of Denmark (d. 2018) 1938 - Lucie Paus Falck, Norwegian politician 1939 - Tore A. Liltved, Norwegian politician (d. 2004) 1940 - Rick Nelson, American singer (d. 1985) 1940 - Karl Erik Harr, Norwegian painter and illustrator 1940