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This Day in History for May 8

This Day In History1792 – US establishes the military draft.

1847 – Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre.

1861 – Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy.

1879 – George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile.

1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)

1919 – 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane.

1942 – Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea.

1951 – Dacron men’s suits introduced.

1958 – US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas.

1958 – US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru.

1961 – 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas.

1961 – Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington.

1963 – JFK offers Israel assistance against aggression.

1968 – Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs. Twins (4-0)

1980 – World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated.

1987 – Gary Hart quits US democratic presidential race due to affair with Donna Rice.

1994 – President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people.

1999 – Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.

2010 – Last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process.

2018 – President Trump pulls the US out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal.

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