Holidays Calendar for May 8, 2016

May 8 is Victory in Europe Day. This holiday is celebrated by most European countries and it is generally known as V Day.

The second Sunday in May is State Flag and State Emblem Day in Belarus. This holiday was established by the Presidential Decree on March 26, 1998.


World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration held on May 8. It commemorates the birthday of Henry Dunant, Swiss businessman and social activist who inspired the creation of International Committee of the Red Cross.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness campaign held on the second weekend in May. It is supported by the United Nations Environment Program as well as a number of international organizations.


National Mills Weekend is an annual festival in the United Kingdom that falls on the second weekend in May. It is held by the Wind and Watermills section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).


Veterans' Day is an official flag day in Norway, and it's annually observed on May 8. In 2011, this observance substituted Liberation Day.

On May 8, Mexicans celebrate Miguel Hidalgo's birthday. It is a civic holiday, which means it is observed nationwide, but employees are not entitled to a day off with regular pay.

Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation is a memorial day observed in Ukraine on May 8, the day before Victory Day. This remembrance day was officially established by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in March 2015.

May 8 is National Coconut Cream Pie Day. Celebrate this holiday with a big piece of a sweet coconut delight.

In November 2004, May 8– 9 were declared as a time of remembrance and reconciliation for those who lost their lives during the Second World War.

Parents' Day in South Korea is celebrated on May 8 each year. Unlike Children's Day, it is not a public holiday, but it is still widely observed throughout the country.

The second Sunday in May is usually Mother's Day in many European countries. But Romania celebrates Father's Day.


This Day in History

  • 1988 Died: Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction author who belongs to the "Big Three" of science fiction writers, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.
  • 1987 In the village of Loughgall, Northern Ireland, a unit of the Provisional Irish Republican Army attacked the village's Royal Ulster Constabulary base.
  • 1984 Died: Lila Bell Wallace, Canadian-born American magazine publisher best known for co-founding Reader's Digest with DeWitt Wallace.
  • 1980 The World Health Assembly officially announced the eradication of smallpox. It is one of two infectious diseases to have been eradicated, the other being rinderpest.
  • 1975 Born: Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer, songwriter, actor, model, and record producer. He is one of the best selling Latin artists ever.
  • 1972 Four terrorists hijacked Sabena Flight 571 from Vienna to Tel Aviv. The plane was recaptured the following day by Israeli Sayeret Matkal commandos.
  • 1972 Born: Darren Hayes, Australian singer-songwriter who rose to prominence in the 1990s as the lead vocalist of the pop duo Savage Garden.
  • 1970 Construction workers started a riot in Lowe Manhattan now known as the Hard Hat Riot. They attacked about 1,000 people who protested the Kent State shootings.
  • 1963 Nine Buddhists were killed in the city of Huế, South Vietnam, by the soldiers of the pro-Catholic government. This incident sparked the Buddhist crisis in South Vietnam.
  • 1947 Born: H. Robert Horvitz, American biologist who was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Sydney Brenner and John E. Sulston.
  • 1946 Estonian schoolgirls Ageeda Paavel and Aili Jõgi blew up a Soviet war memorial, the preceding monument to the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • 1943 Died: Mordechai Anielewicz, the leader of the Jewish Combat Organization during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. His body was never found.
  • 1940 Born: Peter Benchley, American author and screenwriter best known for his 1974 novel Jaws and its film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.
  • 1936 Died: Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher of history who is primarily known for his work is The Decline of the West.
  • 1926 Born: David Attenborough, English naturalist and broadcaster primarily known for writing and presenting the Life series of BBC natural history programs.
  • 1920 Born: Saul Bass, American graphic designer, title designer and filmmaker. He is best known for his design of film posters and title sequences.
  • 1906 Born: Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director, screenwriter and producer whose best known films include Rome, Open City and Germany, Year Zero.
  • 1903 Died: Paul Gauguin, French Post-Impressionist artist whose art became popular after his death. He was a painter, print-maker, ceramist, and sculptor.
  • 1903 Born: Fernandel (stage name of Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin), renowned French actor, comedian, singer, film director, and producer.
  • 1902 The Mount Pelée volcano in Martinique erupted, killing over 30,000 people and destroying the town of Saint-Pierre. Only handful of residents survived.
  • 1902 Born: André Michel Lwoff, French microbiologist who was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with François Jacob and Jacques Monod.
  • 1886 American pharmacist John Pemberton first sold Coca-Cola in a pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. The beverage was initially sold as a patent medicine.
  • 1884 Born: Harry S. Truman, American statesman who served as the 33rd President of the United States from 1945 to 1953. Under Truman, the Allies successfully concluded WWII.
  • 1880 Died: Gustave Flaubert, French novelist and playwright who is best known for his debut novel Madame Bovary which was published in 1856.
  • 1873 Died: John Stuart Mill, British philosopher and political economist who contributed to political theory, social theory, and political economy.
  • 1846 The first major Battle of Mexican-American War - the Battle of Palo Alto - was fought. Mexican troops led by General Mariano Arista were defeated by US troops led by General Zachary Taylor.
  • 1842 A train derailed and caught fire on the railway between Versailles and Paris. According to different sources, the accident caused between 52 and 200 deaths.
  • 1819 Died: Kamehameha I, the King of Hawaii. He conquered the islands in 1810, establishing the Kingdom of Hawaii and founding the Kamehameha Dynasty.
  • 1794 Died: Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist who made significant contributions to chemistry and biology. He is referred to as the "Father of Modern Chemistry".
  • 1785 Died: Pietro Longhi, Italian painter whose best known works include Clara the Rhinoceros, The Ridotto in Venice, The Dancing Lesson.