On this day

Isabelle with mum Jo Carnell-Holdaway. She reported to be the first patient to receive a genetically modified phage treatment to treat drug-resistant infections. Image: Mirror/Jo Carnell-Holdaway

On This Day: What happened on 08 May?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

Isabelle with mum Jo Carnell-Holdaway. She reported to be the first patient to receive a genetically modified phage treatment to treat drug-resistant infections. Image: Mirror/Jo Carnell-Holdaway

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 08 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 08 MAY

1996 | South Africa’s Constitutional Assembly passed a permanent post-apartheid constitution

2019 | A British teenager, Isabelle Holdaway, 17, was reported to be the first patient to receive a genetically modified phage treatment to treat drug-resistant infections on this day.

1997 | China Southern Airlines flight number 3456 crashed near Bao’an International Airport, at least 35 people were killed.

1987 | The SAS killed eight Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a civilian during an ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.

1984 | Corporal Denis Lortie entered the Quebec National Assembly and opened fire, three people were killed and 13 were wounded. René Jalbert, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Assembly, succeeded in calming him. 

1984 | The Thames Barrier was officially opened and prevented the floodplain of most of Greater London from being flooded except under extreme circumstances.

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BIRTHDAYS

1964 | Finnish javelin thrower, Päivi Alafrantti.

1958 | American-English businessman and politician, Lord of the Treasury, Brooks Newmark.

1974 | Estonian swimmer, Marge Kõrkjas.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2014 | American businessman, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Norway, R. Douglas Stuart Jr., 98.

2016 | American analytic number theorist, Tom M. Apostol, 93.

2019 | President of Nauru from 2011 to 2013, Sprent Dabwido, 47.

2013 | American philosopher and theorist, Hugh J. Silverman, 68.

2014 | American scientist, and co-inventor of the GPS, Roger L. Easton, 93.

SPORTS

2002 | On this day, Arsenal secured the Premier League title at Old Trafford after Sylvain Wiltord’s goal.

ENTERTAINMENT

2019 | American comedy film “Wine Country” directed by Amy Poehler was released in theaters on this day.

AFRICA FACT

The world’s largest species of sea turtle, the leatherback that can grow up to 7 feet (2.1m) in length, is found in Gabon.