Calendar for May 8th, 2013

V-E Day

Truman Day (Missouri)

No Socks Day

Born 1884: Harry S Truman (33rd U.S. president)

1886: Coca-Cola went on sale

Born 1905: Red Nichols (musician)

Born 1906: Roberto Rossellini (director)

1906: Bill Miner robbed train near Kamloops, British Columbia

Born 1920: Sloan Wilson (writer)

Born 1926: Sir David Attenborough (naturalist)

Born 1926: Don Rickles (comedian)

1936: First Catholic mass in an airship (Hindenburg) over ocean

Born 1940: Ricky Nelson (singer)

Born 1943: Toni Tennille (singer)

1945: The German High Command surrendered unconditionally to the Allies (WW II- VE Day)

Born 1952: Beth Henley (dramatist)

Born 1964: Melissa Gilbert (actress)

1970: The Beatles' album Let It Be, was released in the U.K.

Born 1975: Enrique Iglesias (singer)

Died 1991: Rudolf Serkin (pianist)

Died 1994: George Peppard (actor)

1999: Nancy Mace became the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college

Died 2004: Bandit, billed as the world's heaviest raccoon, died. He lived with his owner in Palmerton, PA. Bandit tipped the scales at nearly 75 pounds -- three times the average for his breed. Bandit was born with a bad thyroid gland. When he hit 52.5 pounds in 1999, his girth garnered him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records

2005: Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns was named MVP for the 2004-05 basketball season. He was the first Canadian to receive the honor

Died 2009: Dom DiMaggio (baseball player; holds the record for the longest consecutive game hitting streak in Boston Red Sox history)

Died 2012: Maurice Sendak (children's books author and illustrator)

Died 2013: Jeanne Cooper (actress)