Today in History: May 8

Today in History: May 8

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1450

Jack Cade's Rebellion--Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI.

1541

Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River which he calls Rio de Espiritu Santo.

1559

An act of supremacy defines Queen Elizabeth I as the supreme governor of the church of England.

1794

The United States Post Office is established.

1846

The first major battle of the Mexican War is fought at Palo Alto, Texas.

1862

General 'Stonewall' Jackson repulses the Federals at the Battle of McDowell, in the Shenendoah Valley.

1864

Union troops arrive at Spotsylvania Court House to find the Confederates waiting for them.

1886

Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invents Coca Cola.

1895

China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki.

1904

U.S. Marines land in Tangier, North Africa, to protect the Belgian legation.

1919

The first transatlantic flight by a navy seaplane takes-off.

1933

Mahatma Gandhi—actual name Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—begins a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.

1940

German commandos in Dutch uniforms cross the Dutch border to hold bridges for the advancing German army.

1942

The Battle of the Coral Sea between the Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy ends.

1945

The final surrender of German forces is celebrated as VE (Victory Europe) day.

1952

Allied fighter-bombers stage the largest raid of the war on North Korea.

1958

President Dwight Eisenhower orders the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green becomes the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.

1967

Boxer Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army.

1984

The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los Angeles.

1995

Jacques Chirac is elected president of France.