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On this day: important events in history on May 8; from the end of World War II in Europe to the origins of Coca-Cola

On this day: Today is a special day in world history; these events span different regions and time periods and highlight key moments that shaped the course of world history.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Monday: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is celebrated on May 8 every year. The idea for this day emerged after World War I during the 14th International Conference of the Red Cross, where they discussed the need for an annual event that could contribute to peace worldwide. Ultimately, May was chosen because it marks the birthday of Henry Dunant, the man who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross. May 8, 1948 was celebrated as the first “International Red Cross Day”, as it was once called. Over time, the official name of the day was changed and in 1984 it was renamed World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

The Second World War in Europe ended: World War II in Europe ended on May 8, 1945, when German troops surrendered unconditionally, marking the end of the war in Europe. This day is celebrated as Victory in Europe Day (VE Day).

Mahatma Gandhi’s 21 Day Fast: In 1933, Mahatma Gandhi began his 21-day fast on May 8, marking his third anti-untouchability fast for the betterment of conditions of Harijans.

Origin of Coca-Cola: Coca-Coal was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. It was this day when Dr. John Pemberton brought his perfected syrup to Jacobs’ Pharmacy in downtown Atlanta, where the first glass of Coca-Cola was poured. The company mentions that it was “tasted, pronounced “excellent” and could be purchased for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink. In the first year, there were about nine drinks per day.

The Beatles’ final studio album: The Beatles’ final studio album, “Let It Be”, was released on May 8, 1970. Although it was the last album released by the band, “Abbey Road” was the last album the band recorded.

Harry Truman’s Birthday: Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was born on May 8, 1884. He served as President from April 12, 1945 to January 20, 1953.

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