Thursday, the 8th of May, 2014 is the 128th day in 2014 and in the 19th calendar week.
General Events:
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
May 8, 2014 in the World
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is observed on May 08, 2014. World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The date is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant (born 8 May 1828), the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement with approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide which was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering.
The movement consists of several distinct organizations that are legally independent from each other, but are united within the movement through common basic principles, objectives, symbols, statutes and governing organisations.
Where is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day?
Victory in Europe Day
May 8, 2014 in the World
Victory in Europe Day, also known as V-E Day or VE Day, is a public holiday observed in commonwealth countries and some European countries. The holiday commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies which marked the end of Adolf Hitler’s regime as well as the end of war in Europe.
Victory in Europe was celebrated across North America on 8 May 1945 after Germany’s unconditional surrender.
The dates of VE Day observance in European countries are varied, but it is usually observed in May, the month when Nazi surrendered. Many countries observe Victory Day on 8 May, some others celebrate the day on 9 May, while the rest observe it on 5 May every year.
Where is V-E Day?
Veterans Day in Norway
May 8, 2014 in Norway
Veterans Day in Norway is observed on May 08, 2014. Veterans Day in Norway was instituted in 2000 by Norway’s Cabinet and falls on Victory in Europe Day. The choice of day has been criticized by Bjørnar Moxnes, leader of political party Rødt, saying one must differentiate between a defensive fight against an occupation force and offensive military operations outside Norway.
Where is Veterans Day in Norway?
Nationwide Norway
White Lotus Day
May 8, 2014 in the World
White Lotus Day is celebrated on May 08, 2014. White Lotus Day is a celebration of Theosophists. It is celebrated 8th May, the anniversary of the death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society. Though there are several theosophical organisations, this is one celebration they have in common. White Lotus Day is a celebration that encourages meditation about the metaphor of the lotus.
Where is White Lotus Day?
Furry Dance 2014
May 8, 2014 in Helston, Cornwall
Furry Dance takes place on May 08, 2014. The Furry Dance (pronounced to rhyme with “hurry”), also known as The Flora (or incorrectly as the Floral Dance or the Cornish Floral Dance), takes place in Helston, Cornwall, and is one of the oldest British customs still practised today. The dance is very well attended every year and people travel from all over the world to see it: Helston Town Band play all the music for the dances. The Furry Dance takes place every year on May 8 or the Saturday before if May 8 falls on a Sunday or Monday.
Where is Furry Dance?
Nationwide Helston, Cornwall
Truman Day 2014
May 8, 2014 in the USA
Truman Day is celebrated on May 08, 2014. Truman Day is a commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. It is celebrated in Missouri as a state holiday, according to Missouri Revised Statutes Section 9-035 Public Holidays and nationally by the United States Democratic Party. Since Truman was the only president to come from Missouri, this day is special for this state. However, after the financial crisis of 2008-2010, there were unsuccessful moves by the state government to abolish the holiday. For Missouri state employees, this is a paid holiday.
Where is Truman Day?
Nationwide USA
Iris Day 2014
May 8, 2014 in the World
Iris Day celebrates these beautiful and attractive late spring bloomers. With or without a beard, Iris are very popular among homeowners and gardeners. With a little luck, you have Iris blooming in your flower beds today.
Celebrate Iris Day by enjoying these great, easy to grow bloomers. If you don’t have any in your yard, get some and plant them today. You can also enjoy this day by going to a floral shop to buy some Iris to put into your favorite vase.
Today is also a great opportunity to learn more abut how to grow and care for Iris. It’s really easy!
**Iris flowers have spiritual  importance in Japan. It wards off evil spirits. On Iris Day in Japan, people put Iris leaves in their baths. It’s believed to prevent illness. They also drink juice from the plant in their Sake to ensure longevity.
Where is Iris Day?
No Socks Day 2014
May 8, 2014 in the World
No Socks Day takes place on May 08, 2014. The day is a chance to free your feets from socks and stockings and to give your toes a breath of fresh air. In addition to the liberating feeling of the day it has the advantage that it reduces your laundry load, which is environmentally friendly.
Barefoot is the state of not wearing any footwear. Many people do not wear footwear in their home. There are many sports that people play barefoot, including running, water skiing, beach volleyball, gymnastics, and martial arts. In modern language, someone who prefers not to wear shoes in public is known as a barefooter.
Where is No Socks Day?
Historical Events:
1360 – Treaty of Brétigny signed by English & French
1450 – Jack Cade’s Rebellion-Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI
1624 – Hung king Bethlen Gabor & emperor Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Vienna
1784 – Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC)
1821 – Greek War of Independence: The Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia.
1840 – Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process
1847 – Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre
1879 – George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
1902 – Mt Pelee erupts, wipes out St Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
1919 – Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day.
1921 – Sweden abolished capital punishment
1926 – A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
1945 – V-E Day; Germany signs unconditional surrender, WW II ends in Europe
1949 – West German constitution approved
1952 – Mad Magazine debuts
1963 – “Dr No” premieres in US
1980 – World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
1993 – 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
2005 – The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.