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Andrews McMeel Almanac for May 08, 2024: Historic Events, Birthdays, and More

Today, May 8, 2024, marks the 129th day of the year and the 51st day of spring, offering a blend of historical milestones and notable birthdays.

In 1877, New York City hosted the inaugural Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Meanwhile, on this day in 1902, Mount Pelee’s eruption razed Saint-Pierre in Martinique, claiming around 30,000 lives. Additionally, in 1945, Victory in Europe Day was commemorated, symbolizing the Allies’ acceptance of Nazi Germany’s surrender, effectively ending World War II in Europe. Notably, today marks the birthdays of prominent figures such as former U.S. President Harry S. Truman, TV personality and environmentalist David Attenborough, and acclaimed author Thomas Pynchon, among others.

In the realm of sports history, May 8, 1978, witnessed a groundbreaking achievement as Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler became the first climbers to scale Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.

In a less somber historical note, pharmacist John Pemberton introduced the first Coca-Cola soft drink on this day in 1886.

Harry Truman, the 33rd U.S. President, once said, “Every political battle I have I fight with everything I’ve got, and when it’s over I get hold of my opponent and we have a bourbon and branch and say, ‘What can we do for the country?'”

To put historical context into perspective, the National WWII Museum records a total of 418,500 military and civilian deaths during World War II.

Lastly, the lunar phase today is between the new moon, which occurred on May 7, and the first quarter moon, expected on May 15.

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