On May 8…

1541 – Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River, south of present-day Memphis, TN.


1847 – Robert W. Thomson of England patented the rubber tire on this day.

1848 – Playwright Oscar Hammerstein I was born in Sceczin, Germany.


1879 – George Selden of Rochester, NY applied for the first automobile patent, or what he called a “road engine.”

1884 – Harry S. Truman, the 33rd U.S. President, was born in Lamar, MO.


1945 – Great Britain and the U.S. celebrate Victory in Europe, or V-E Day.  The Allied Forces had achieved victory in Europe with the unconditional surrender of Germany.


1973 – The American Indian Movement (AIM) ended its 71-day siege of Wounded Knee, site of the infamous 1890 massacre of 300 Sioux by the U.S. Army, and surrendered to federal authorities.


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