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MAY 8

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World Red Cross Day
(Observed annually on the birth date of founder Jean Henri Dunant: May 8, 1828)
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1828 Jean Henri Dunant (Swiss Philanthropist and Founder of the Red Cross) Jean Henri Dunant The Red Cross
Sports Figures
1893 Francis DeSales Ouimet (Massachusetts-born Father of Modern Golf) Massachusetts Sports Figures Golf Merriam-Webster
1895 Joselito (Spanish Bullfighter) Spanish Sports Figures
1901 Norman Thomas "Turkey" Stearnes (Tennessee-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Tennessee Sports Figures African American Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African American Registry
1932 Charles "Sonny" Liston (Arkansas-born African-American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion) Arkansas Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Biography.com African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1848 Massachusetts Approves Funds for First School for the Mentally Retarded Massachusetts Education Education Special Needs Education Historic Firsts Intellihealth
1902 Martinique's Mount Pelee Erupts, Killing 29,000 and Destroying the City of St. Pierre Martinique Volcanoes Death University of North Dakota
1944 First Eye-Bank Created in New York City New York City Sight Blindness Organ Transplants Historic Firsts New York Times
1950 14 Inches of Rain Causes Flash Flooding That Kills 23 People in Nebraska Nebraska Flooding Death History Channel
1954 More Than 100 Groups Attend Indiana's First Statewide Alcoholics Anonymous Conference at the Hotel Lincoln in Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana Substance Abuse Historic Firsts Alcoholics Anonymous Indiana Historical Society
1959 Little Caesars, Michigan's First Pizza Chain, Opens Its First Store in Garden City Michigan Business Historic Firsts Little Caesars Historical Society of Michigan
1973 Carolyn King of Ypsilanti, Michigan Is the First Girl to Play in the Little League Ypsilanti, Michigan Female American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Little League Baseball Historical Society of Michigan
1974 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 30 People, Injures 82, and Destroys 121 Homes in Japan Japan Earthquakes Death USGS
1984 Soviets Announce Boycott of 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Soviet Union Los Angeles The Olympic Games History Channel BBC

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