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Notable Historical Events for May 8th

1993Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1994Laura Davies wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

1933Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.

1989Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans

1984Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

1907Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

1947A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

1994President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

1958"Dracula", starring Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, debuts

1834Charles Darwin's expedition returns to the Beagle

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Notable Birthdays on May 8th

1926David Attenborough, London UK, Naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" Series)

1932Sonny Liston, Sand Slough Arkansas, American heavyweight boxer

1940Peter Benchley, NYC, novelist (Jaws, The Deep), (d. 2006)

1975Enrique Iglesias, Madrid, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop (Bailamos, Hero)

1968Omar Camporese, Bologna Italy, tennis star

1753Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.

1911Robert Johnson, blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singer)

1884Harry Truman, Lamar Missouri, 33rd US President (D) (1945-1953), (d. 1972)

1957Bill Cowher, Crafton Pennsylvania, American football coach

1737Edward Gibbon, Putney, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire)

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Notable Weddings on May 8th

1910Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (27) weds first wife Blanche Lasky

1959Actress Raquel Welch (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch

1981Author John Grisham (26) weds Renee Jones

1783First American flag seamstress Betsy Ross (31) weds John Claypoole at Christ Church

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Notable Deaths on May 8th

1819Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819)

1873John Stuart Mill, great Empiricist philosopher, dies at 66

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