Thursday, May 8, 2014

V-E Day, Smallpox, The Beatles, and Coca-Cola

1984 -- Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
1980 -- Eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization.
1973 -- Seven-day standoff between federal authorities and American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of militants.

1970 -- Beatles release last LP: Let it Be

1945 -- Combat in Europe ends in WWII: V-E Day. Germans agree to an unconditional surrender.

1942 -- Japanese sinks Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington during the first battle fought at sea without having visual observation of one another.

1933 -- Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.

1914 -- Paramount Pictures is formed.

1886 -- Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invents a carbonated beverage that would later be named Coca-Cola.

1861 -- Richmond, VA is named capital of the Confederate States of America.

1846 -- Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war.

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