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Calendar day; May 8, 2015

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Friday, the 8th of May, 2015 is the 128th day in 2015 and in the 19th calendar week.
General Events:
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
May 8, 2015 in the World
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is observed on May 08, 2015. 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 the event?
V-E Day 2015
May 8, 2015 in the World
The 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day will be celebrated on the anniversary day, Friday 8 May, and the following weekend, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May 2015.
Victory in Europe Day is celebrated all over Europe, and in other places around the world, and is called VE Day in some places.  It is the day that commemorates the end of World War II, specifically in Europe.
World War II lasted from 1 September, 1939, to 8 May, 1945. This war engaged over 100-million people serving in the military. Casualties of the war rose to an estimate of 70-million people, with approximately 6-million perishing in Adolf Hitler’s holocaust.
On 8 May, 1945, just weeks after Hitler committed suicide, Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allied forces.
Where is V-E Day?
Veterans Day in Norway
May 8, 2015 in Norway
Veterans Day in Norway is observed on May 08, 2015. 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
Military Spouse Day
May 8, 2015 in the USA
Military Spouse Day takes place on May 08, 2015. Military Spouse Day or Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in the United States. Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces. Each year, the US President normally commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech and proclamation.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Furry Dance 2015
May 8, 2015 in Helston, Cornwall
Furry Dance takes place on May 08, 2015. 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 the event?
Nationwide Helston, Cornwall
Iris Day 2015
May 8, 2015 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! Learn how to grow Iris:http://www.gardenersnet.com/flower/iris.htm
Did you Know? 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 the event?
White Lotus Day
May 8, 2015 in the World
White Lotus Day is celebrated on May 08, 2015. 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 the event?
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
May 8, 2015 in the USA
May 8th is National Coconut Cream Pie Day. Coconut cream pies are filled with a coconut-flavored custard or pudding and topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and served cold.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 8th May:
1521 – Parliament of Worms installs edict against Martin Luther
1784 – Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough SC)
1821 – Greek War of Independence: the Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia
1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
1895 – China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1899 – Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles)
1901 – A British appointed commission estimates today that some 1,250,000 Indians have died after a severe drought, lasting since 1899
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
1936 – Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
1946 – Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn
1952 – Mad Magazine debuts
1960 – USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
1961 – 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
1963 – “Dr No” premieres in US
1980 – World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
1990 – Reindependence Day of Estonia
1993 – 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
1996 – South Africa’s Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
2005 – The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day

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