Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/May 8

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This is a list of selected May 8 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article, featured list or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Victory in Europe Day; refimprove section
453 BC – The house of Zhao defeated the house of Zhi, ending the Battle of Jinyang, a military conflict between the elite families of the State of Jin during the Spring and Autumn period of China. refimprove section
1429 – French troops led by Joan of Arc lifted the English siege of Orléans and turned the tide of the Hundred Years' War. unreferenced section, needs more footnotes
1541 – Spanish conquistadors led by Hernando de Soto became the first documented Europeans to cross the Mississippi River. accuracy disputed
1794 – The Reign of Terror: Branded a traitor, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, a former royal tax collector with the Ferme générale, was tried, convicted, and guillotined on the same day. refimprove section
1846 – The first major battle in the Mexican–American War was fought at the Battle of Palo Alto near present-day Brownsville, Texas. unreferenced section
1886 – In Atlanta, American pharmacist John Pemberton first sold his carbonated beverage Coca-Cola as a patent medicine, claiming that it cured a number of diseases. too many images, refimprove section
1902 – The volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée destroyed the town of Saint-Pierre, Martinique, killing over 30,000 people. unreferenced section, refimprove section
1945 – In the presence of Allied commanders the representatives of Oberkommando der Wehrmacht signed the German Instrument of Surrender, ending World War II in Europe. refimprove section
1984 – The Soviet Union announced the boycott of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, citing security concerns and stated that "chauvinistic sentiments and an anti-Soviet hysteria [were] being whipped up in the United States". refimprove section
Friedrich Hayek (b. 1899) · refimprove section



May 8: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day; Yom HaZikaron in Israel (2019); Miguel Hidalgo's Birthday in Mexico; Parents' Day in South Korea

Sketch of the Versailles rail accident
Sketch of the Versailles rail accident

Edward Foxe (d. 1538) · Jacques Heim (b. 1899) · Ethel D. Allen (b. 1929)

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