Dove & Brush News On This Day

Monday, May 8, 2000
      Edited by Peter Y. Chou

May 8, 1945— The New York Times:

Read the May 8, 1945 issue of New York Times

President Harry S Truman announced the end of war in Europe (V-E Day) over radio at 9 am, Tuesday, May 8, 1945. Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri, on May 8, 1884, so the good news came on his 61st birthday. Harry Truman was a 33-degree Mason and also the 33rd President of the United States. Here is my one page Bio-Sketch of Truman for students using the Internet. More links to Truman resources on the web.

May 8: Born on this day—
1737 Edward Gibbon, British historian
        (Decline & Fall of Roman Empire)
1753 Miguel Hidalgo, Father of Mexican Independence
1786 Thomas Hancock, Founder of British rubber industry
1828 Henri Dunant, Swiss humanitarian, founder of Red Cross,
          First Nobel Peace Laureate (1901)
1829 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, first internationally
          recognized U.S. pianist
1846 Oscar Hammerstein, German opera playwright
1869 James Rowland Angell, American psychologist, president of Yale
1884 Harry S Truman, Missouri, 33rd President of United States
1895 Edmund Wilson, NJ, American essayist & literary critic
1895 Fulton J. Sheen, American bishop (Life Is Worth Living)
1899 Friedrich von Hayek, Austrian-born British economist, Nobel 1974
1906 Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (Open City)
1914 Romain Gary, French novelist, war hero, diplomat
1919 Leon Festinger, psychologist, theories of cognitive dissonance
1926 Don Rickles, Queens, NY, comedian
1926 Richard Attenbrorough, environmentalist & zoologist (BBC)
1928 Theodore Sorenson, Presidential advisor to JFK, author
1930 Gary Snyder, San Francisco, CA, Beat poet
        (Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems)
1937 Thomas Pynchon, Glen Cove, NY, novelist (V, Crying of Lot 49)
1940 Peter Benchley, author (Jaws, The Deep)
1940 Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Poor Little Fool, Garden Party)
1942 Angel Cordero, Jr, jockey (Seattle Slew, 1978 Kentucky Derby)
1943 Toni Tennille, singer (Love Will Keep Us Together)
1953 Alex Van Halen, rock drummer
1957 Bill Cowher, NFL head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers) & sportscaster
1958 Lovie Smith, NFL head coach (Chicago Bears)
1959 Ronnie Lott, NFL defensive back (SF 49er)
1964 Melissa Gilbert, LA actress (Little House on the Prairie)
1975 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter (100 million records)
1982 Adrian Gonzalez, first baseman baseball player (Boston Red Sox)

Gary Snyder, born May 8, 1930
San Francisco, California

Poetry Pulitzer Prize
for Turtle Island in 1974.

"Riprap" by Gary Snyder

Lay down these words
Before your mind like rocks.
placed solid, by hands
In choice of place, set
Before the body of the mind
in space and time:
Solidity of bark, leaf or wall
riprap of things:
Cobble of milky way,
straying planets,
These poems, people,
lost ponies with
Dragging saddles—
and rocky sure-foot trails.
The worlds like an endless
Game of Go.
ants and pebbles
In the thin loam, each rock a word
a creek-washed stone
Granite: ingrained
with torment of fire and weight
Crystal and sediment linked hot
all change, in thoughts,
As well as things.

May 8: Events on this day—
1373 Julian of Norwich, British mystic, receives 16 revelations in a state of ecstasy
1429 British siege of Orléans broken by 17-year old French peasant Joan of Arc
1541 Hernando de Soto of Spain discovers Mississippi River
1790 Metric decimal system of measurement adopted by French National Assembly
1792 British Captain George Vancouver sights & names Mt. Rainier, Washington
1794 Antoine Lavoisier, father of chemistry, executed during French Reign of Terror
1840 Britain issues second postage stamp "Two-Penny Blue" showing Queen Victoria
1846 Zachary Taylor wins first battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas
1858 John Brown holds antislavery convention
1873 John Stuart Mill, British philosopher, dies at 66
1877 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show first held in New York
1886 Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invents Coca Cola
1891 Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Russian Theosophist, dies at 60
1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1902 Mt Pelée erupts, wipes out Saint Pierre, Martinique
1907 Jeff Pfeffer of Boston Red Sox no-hits Cincinnati Reds (6-0)
1919 First transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane
1926 First flight over North Pole by Bennett & Byrd (Video)
1929 Carl Hubbell of New York Giants no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates (11-0)
1935 Amelia Earhart makes solo non-stop flight from Mexico City to Newark, NJ
1937 War Admiral wins Kentucky Derby on his way to the Triple Crown
1939 James Joyce appears on cover of Time Magazine (May 8, 1939)
1942 Battle of Coral Sea ends
1944 First "eye bank" established in New York City by Dr. R. Townley Paton
1945 V-E Day, Germany signs unconditional surrender, WW II ends in Europe
1951 Dacron men's suits introduced
1956 The Platter's "You've Got the Magic Touch" tops music pop chart
1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army
1968 Jim Catfish Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Minnesota Twins (4-0)
1970 Beatles release album "Let It Be"
1970 New York Knicks beat LA Lakers 113-99 for their first NBA championship
1971 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali for boxing championship in Madison Square Garden
1973 Wounded Knee Standoff Ends at Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
1984 Soviets boycott Los Angeles Olympics
1988 Robert A. Heinlein, science fiction writer, dies at 80 of heart failure
1989 Paul McCartney releases "My Brave Face" & "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
2012 Maurice Sendak, writer & illustrator, dies at 83 (Where the Wild Things Are)

Quotes on this day:
Like a bird that wants to build its nest, I searched for a cranny and perched myself on the branches of an orange tree in a mean, abandoned peasant's garden. It may sound a bit strange to speak of sitting on the branch of an orange tree, but it is quite natural if you know that, when an orange tree is left to itself, it starts putting out branches above its roots which in time become real boughs. There I was soon lost in fancy, thinking about a plot for my Nausicaa, a dramatic condensation of the Odyssey. I think this can be done, provided one never loses sight of the difference between a drama and an epic.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Italian Journey, May 8, 1787
      (on the seashore below Taormina)

life is our inexhaustible treasure of language for thought... I learn immediately from any speaker how much he has really learned, through the poverty or the splendor of his speech. My garden is my dictionary. There are three degrees of proficiency in this lesson of life. The one class live to the utility of the symbol as the majority of men do, regarding health & wealth as the chief good. Another class live above this mark, to the beauty of the symbol; as the poet & artist, and the Sensual school in philosophy. A third class live above the beauty of the symbol, to the beauty of the thing signified; and these are wise men. The first class have common sense; the second, taste; and the third spiritual perfection... the perfect man— one to a millennium— if so many, traverses the whole scale & sees & enjoys the symbol solidly; then also has a clear eye for its beauty; & lastly wears it lightly as a robe which he can easily throw off, for he sees the reality & divine splendor of the inmost nature bursting through each chink & cranny.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal, May 8, 1837

Man is capable of the most diverse things... La Bruyère says: "It is an excess of confidence in parents to hope for everything from the good education of their children, it is a great mistake to expect nothing from it and to neglect it." I am completely of his opinion, and I add that education continues throughout our lives. I define it as the cultivation of our spirit and of our mind as a result of our own fostering and of outer circumstances. Intercourse with decent or bad people is the good or bad education which goes on throughout one's life. The mind lifts up upon contact with honest minds; it is the same with the spirit. We harden in the society of hard and cold people, and if it were possible for a man of merely ordinary virtue to live among scoundrels he must come finally to resemble them, however little he did so at the beginning... I am constantly meditating a work in the manner of Addison's Spectator; a short article, of three or four pages or even less, on the first subject that comes to mind. I will take the responsibility of thinking out as many as are demanded, for I have an inexhaustible quarry of them.

Eugene Delacroix, Journal, May 8, 1853

| Top of Page | Dates | Numbers | Birthday Covers |
| News | Quotes | References | A-Z Portals | Home |

© Peter Y. Chou,
P.O. Box 390707, Mountain View, CA 94039
email: (5-11-2000)