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Today is Sunday, May 8, the 128th day of 2022. There are 237 days left in the year. It’s Mother’s Day.

Today’s moment

On May 8, 1996South Africa has taken another step from apartheid to democracy by adopting a constitution that guarantees equal rights for black and white people.

On this date

У 1541Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River.

У 1846, the first major battle of the Mexican-American War took place in Pala Alta, Texas; American forces led by General Zachary Taylor were able to repel Mexican forces.

У 1915Regret became the first mare to win the Kentucky derby.

У [1945[1945годPresident Harry S. Truman announced on the radio that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered and that “flags of freedom were flying throughout Europe.”

У 1972President Richard Nixon has announced that he ordered the mining of Haiphong Harbor during the Vietnam War.

У 1973the militant American Indians, who for 10 weeks held the village of Wund-Ni in South Dakota, surrendered.

У 1978, David R. Berkowitz pleaded guilty in the Brooklyn courtroom to murder, attempted murder and assault in connection with the shootings in “Sam’s Son” that claimed six lives and frightened New Yorkers. (Berkovich was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences.)

У 1984The Soviet Union has announced a boycott of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

У 1993the Muslim-led government of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the rebellious Bosnian Serbs signed a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

У 2003The Senate unanimously supported the accession of seven former communist countries to Bulgaria: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

У 2018, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from a nuclear deal with Iran and resumed tough sanctions; Trump has been a serious critic of the Obama administration’s deal in which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program.

У 2020, the unemployment rate rose to 14.7%, the level last seen when the country was on fire in the Great Depression; the government said 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April amid the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

У 2021Colonial Pipeline, the operator of a major pipeline system transporting fuel across the east coast, said it had fallen victim to an attack by ransomware and had stopped all pipeline operations to combat the threat. A car bombing in the Afghan capital has killed more than 90 people, many of them students leaving a girls’ school.


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