May 8 in Pop Culture History

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 SebastianWelcome 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: VangelisChariots of Fire 1984 – The Soviet Union announced that they were boycotting the 1984 Olympics. 1999 # 1 Hit May 8, 1999 – June 11, 1999: Ricky MartinLivin’ La Vida Loca 2010 – Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live, thanks to a push by fans on Facebook. She won an Emmy for her appearance.

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