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Notable Historical Events for May 8th

1541Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River

1994"Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 perfs

1858John Brown holds antislavery convention

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

1967Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

1948Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours

1994Laura Davies wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

1960Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open

1988Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in NYC

1973Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

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Notable Birthdays on May 8th

1968Omar Camporese, Bologna Italy, tennis star

1932Sonny Liston, Sand Slough Arkansas, American heavyweight boxer

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)

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

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

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

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

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

1957Bill Cowher, Crafton Pennsylvania, American football coach

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Notable Weddings on May 8th

1981Author John Grisham (26) weds Renee Jones

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

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

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

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Notable Deaths on May 8th

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

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

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