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This Day In History: May 8

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Today is the 129th day of 2008 and the 50th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1886, prohibition in Atlanta, GA spurred the sale of the first "Coca-Cola" soft drink. In 1945, the Allies celebrated World War II V-E (Victory in Europe) day. In 1973, a 10-week standoff in Wounded Knee, SD, between federal authorities and American Indian Movement activists ended. In 1999, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, graduated its first female student.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. president; Don Rickles (1926- ), comedian/actor, is 82; Sonny Liston (1932-1970), boxer; Thomas Pynchon (1937- ), novelist, is 71; Keith Jarrette (1945- ), jazz musician, is 63; Enrique Iglesias (1975- ), singer, is 33.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1984, the Soviet Union announced that it would boycott that year's Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it." - Harry S. Truman

TODAY'S FACT: The U.S. captured 173 medals--including a record 83 gold medals--at the Soviet-boycotted 1984 Summer Olympics.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 14 - women in The Citadel's 2007 graduating class, out of 436 cadets.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (May 5) and first quarter (May 11).


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