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What Happened on May 8

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Moscow announces that the USSR will not take part in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles
Several other countries, such as Cuba, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Vietnam joined the boycott. 4 years earlier, the United States had not sent any athletes to the Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler climb Mount Everest without oxygen supply
Prior to the Italian and Austrian mountaineers’ ascent, it was thought to be impossible to conquer the world’s highest mountain without supplemental oxygen.

The Beatles release the album Let It Be
The recording was the last studio album ever released by the legendary English rock band.

Coca-Cola is invented
According to legend, Dr. John Styth Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, produced the syrup in a brass pot in his backyard. It was first intended as a patent medicine. Today, Coca-Cola is one of the world’s most popular soft drinks and one of the most recognized trademarks.

  • 1970 Naomi Klein
    Canadian author, activist
  • 1945 Keith Jarrett
    American pianist, composer
  • 1926 David Attenborough
    English television host
  • 1911 Robert Johnson
    American singer-songwriter, guitarist
  • 1884 Harry S. Truman
    American colonel, politician, 33rd President of the United States
  • 1990 Luigi Nono
    Italian composer
  • 1988 Robert A. Heinlein
    American writer
  • 1903 Paul Gauguin
    French painter
  • 1891 Helena Blavatsky
    Russian scholar, theosophist
  • 1873 John Stuart Mill
    English economist, civil servant, philosopher
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