08 May 2012

Timeline May 8 & 9

May 8
1541  Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River.
1794  Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France's Reign of Terror.
1886  Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.
1945  World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender.

May 9
1657  William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony died. (b. 1590)
1874  Howard Carter, the British archaeologist who discovered the Egyptian tomb of King Tutankhamen, was born.
1909  Don Messer, Canadian country musician, was born.
1994  South Africa's newly-elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president.

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