May 8 in Pop Culture History
1840 – The first U.S. photographic patent (#1,582) was issued to Alexander S. Wolcott of New York City
1886 – Coca-Cola was first sold to the public at the soda fountain in Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.
1902 (Tornado) Goliad, Texas
1912 – Paramount Pictures was founded.
1933 – Mohandas Gandhi began a 21-day fast of self-purification and launched a one-year campaign to help the Harijan movement.
1945 – V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) was celebrated in America and Great Britain.
1958 – Dracula was released, starring Christopher Lee. It was the first horror movie from Hammer Films.
1961 – The first practical seawater conversion plant in the US was opened in Freeport, Texas.
1963 – Dr No, starring Sean Connery, opened in theaters.
1976 # 1 Hit May 8, 1976 – May 14, 1976: John Sebastian – Welcome Back
1976 – The New Revolution, the first steel roller coaster with a vertical loop, opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
1980 – The World Health Organization confirmed the eradication of smallpox.
1982 # 1 Hit May 8, 1982 – May 14, 1982: Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
1984 – The Soviet Union announced that they were boycotting the 1984 Olympics.
2010 – Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live, thanks to a push by fans on Facebook. She won an Emmy for her appearance.