On This Day In History, 8 May

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World Events Today

  • Coca-Cola, the popular soft drink and one of the most recognized brands in the world, was introduced today in 1886
  • The German Instrument of Surrender, the legal document which ended Nazi Germany and World War II in Europe, was signed today in 1945
  • The infamous leaders of the East End crime gang “The Kray Twins”, Ronnie and Reggie, were arrested today in 1968, they were both later sentenced to life imprisonment

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American film studio, Paramount Pictures Corporation, which has produced many hit movies over the past 100 years, was founded today in 1912
  • The Soviet Union decided to boycott the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles today in 1984, it followed the United States boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow 4 years previously
  • After 26 years as the manager of the English football club Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season, today in 2013

Family Events Today

  • Harry S Truman, who took over from Franklin D Roosevelt as the 33rd President of the United States, was born today in 1884 in Missouri
  • The legendary English broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, presenter of Life on Earth and The Living Planet, was born today in 1926 in Middlesex
  • The American author and screenwriter Peter Benchley, who wrote Jaws and The Deep, was born today in 1940 in New York

Main Event Today

  • Today is Victory in Europe Day, or V E Day, it celebrates the end of World War II in Europe today in 1945

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Have A Coke Day

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