Lost and Found – May 8th Edition

What to remember about May 8th…

  • 1541  Expedition led by Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River near modern-day Memphis
  • 1792  Congress passes the second portion of the Militia Act; requires every free able-bodied white male citizen be enrolled in the militia
  • 1846  Future President Zachary Taylor leads small force in victory over numerically superior Mexican force in Battle of Palo Alto
  • 1884  Future 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman is born in Lamar, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1886  Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton sells carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine
  • 1945  German troops throughout Europe lay down their weapons;  United States and Great Britain celebrate V-E Day
  • 1973  71-day standoff ends at Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota when between militant members of American Indian Movement surrender to federal authorities
  • 1984  Soviets announce they will not participate in the Los Angeles Olympics; boycott is response to U.S. absence from 1980 Moscow games
  • 2007  Archaeologist Ehud Netzer announces discovery of tomb of Herod the Great at Herodium outside Jerusalem

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