Famous People Who Died on May 8th in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

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What Happened on this Day in History?
1846 ‘” Mexican-American War: The Battle of Palo Alto ‘” Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the

1912 ‘” Paramount Pictures is founded

1927 ‘” Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli disappeared after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane

1933 ‘” Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in Indiana

1942 ‘” World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Japanese Imperial Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships

1997 ‘” A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 crashes on approach into Bao’an International Airport, killing 35 people


1743-1794 ‘” Antoine Lavoisier was the “father of modern chemistry”, was a French nobleman prominent in the histories of chemistry and biology. He found and termed both oxygen (1778) and hydrogen (1783), helped construct the metric system, put together the first extensive list of elements, and helped to reform chemical nomenclature. He was also the first to establish that sulfur was an element (1777) rather than a compound. He discovered that, although matter may change its form or shape, its mass always remains the same.

1900-1945 ‘” Wilhelm Rediess, SS and Police leader of Nazi-occupied Norway, he committed suicide by shooting himself

1883-1945 ‘” Bernhard Rust, Nazi education minister, he committed suicide after Germany surrendered

1898-1945 ‘” Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of Nazi-occupied Norway, committed suicide

1858-1947 ‘” Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder of the British Department store Selfridges

1879-1952 ‘” William Fox was a pioneering American motion picture executive who founded the Fox Film Corporation in 1915 and the Fox West Coast Theatres chain in the 1920s. Although Fox sold his interest in these companies in a 1936 bankruptcy settlement, his name lives on as the namesake of the Fox Television Network and the 20th Century Fox film studio.

1911-1967 ‘” LaVerne Andrews, American singer of The Andrews Sisters

1890-1984 ‘” Lila Bell Wallace, American magazine publisher (Reader’s Digest)

1897-1985 ‘” Karl Marx, German composer, conductor and educator

1933-1992 ‘” Joyce Ricketts was a right fielder who played from 1953 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame

1912-1998 ‘” Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure

1938-2006 ‘” Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer

1918-2008 ‘” Eddy Arnold, country music star

1917-2009 ‘” Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and brother of Joe DiMaggio

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing,