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Theosophists celebrate the Life of

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

on the anniversary of her death

on May 8th 1891 and this is known as

White Lotus Day.


Here is an outline of events that have taken

place on some of the May 8ths of the past



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Events on May 8th



NATO officials admit the overnight bombing of Yugoslavia had mistakenly damaged the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade - killing 4 and injuring another 20.



The official opening of the Thames Barrier in London. The barrier is designed to be raised when exceptionally high tides on the River Thames threaten to flood parts of London.



'Let It Be', he final album of British group The Beatles, is released in Britain.



An end of an era: trolley buses run for the last time in Central London.



Former British diplomat George Blake, is jailed for 42 years after being found guilty of spying for Russia. In 1966 he successfully escapes from Wormwood Scrubs prison in London.



First performance of John Osborne's controversial play 'Look Back In Anger' at London's Royal Court Theatre.



American Douglas MacArthur is appointed commander of the United Nations forces in Korea.


1945: VE Day in Europe.

After five years, eight months, and five days of massive devastation, the end of the European phase of World War II is celebrated on May 8,


1945. Victory in Europe was commemorated with celebrations all around the world in recognition of the unconditional surrender of all German forces signed in Reims, France, the day before. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told war-weary Londoners, This is your victory, while U.S. President Harry Truman reminded Americans that until Japan's defeat, Victory is but half-won. On August 14, Japan agreed to surrender to the Allies after a momentous eight days that saw two U.S. atomic bombs dropped on Japan and a declaration of war by the Soviets. On September 2, World War II officially ended with the signing of Japan's surrender on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.



In the United States of America, the first execution in a gas chamber is carried out in Nevada.



In London, the Piccadilly Circus lights are lit by electricity for the first time.



US Congress decides to allow Alaska to elect a delegate to Congress



Eruption of Mount Pelee on the island of Martinique killing an estimated 30,000 people.



John Pemberton of Atlanta in Georgia (USA) patents the drink Coca-Cola.



English pirate Captain Kidd goes on trial at the Old Bailey in London. After being found guilty of piracy he's hanged on May 23rd, 1701.



Charles II is proclaimed King of England. Restoration of the monarchy after the English Civil War and the reign of Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector.



Queen Elizabeth I of England signs the Act of Uniformity which standardized the practices of the Church of England


Born on May 8th



Novelist Peter Benchley born in New York - author of 'Jaws'.



American heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston.



US President Harry S Truman.



Jean Henri Dunant, the founder of the International Red Cross, is born in Geneva.


Died on May 8th



American actor George Peppard aged 65.



British Labour Party politician Manny Shinwell aged 101.



Canadian motor racing driver Gilles Villeneuve.



Avery Brundage, head of the International Olympic Committee 1952-1972.



Legendary Blues Guitarist Robert Johnson



Post-impressionist painter Paul Gaugin.





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