2021 May

May 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 8

May 8th celebrates World Donkey Day and No Socks Day.

Today marks the 128th day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 237 days left until the end of the year.

Those of you who were born on May 8th share the Taurus star sign.

There are so many fascinating events that happened on May 8th in history. Here we’re going to learn all about what things happened on this day that makes it so unique.

Did you know that on this day in 1912, Paramount Pictures was founded? It is the 5th oldest film studio in the world and 2nd oldest in the United States.

Keep reading for more facts about May 8th in history!

What Happened On May 8 In History?


Smallpox eradication is certified.

OTD in 1980: Smallpox eradication is certified.
Based on extensive verification by renowned scientists, their findings of the eradication of smallpox were officially endorsed by the World Health Assembly.

The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain was the world’s first modern roller coaster to include a vertical loop.

It was recognized by the American Coaster Enthusiasts for its accomplishment.

Jim “Catfish” Hunter of the Oakland Athletics pitched the ninth perfect game, defeating the Minnesota Twins (4-0).


Richard Nixon was harassed in Peru.

During a visit to Peru as Vice President, students at a San Marcos University spat and threw stones at Nixon. They yelled at him to leave the country and his talk at the University was canceled.

Mohandas Gandhi started a 21-day fast.

This fast was his third fast against anti-untouchability for the improvement of lower-caste citizens.

The film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures was founded.


The British runner, Henry Barrett, ran a world record marathon at 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 31 seconds in the Polytechnic Marathon in London.


Dr. John Pemberton sold the first Coca-Cola at Jacobs’ Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.


George Selden filed for the first patent for a gasoline-driven automobile.

OTD in 1879: George Selden filed for the first patent for a gasoline-driven automobile.

The first Westminster dog show took place.

The show continued taking place throughout the Great Depression and World War years, originating as a show for gun dogs. It was started by hunters who would meet regularly, with prizes at the early shows such as pearl-handled pistols.

Did you know that on this day, May 8th 1912, Paramount Pictures was founded?