Daily Archives: May 8, 2012

Nixon seals off North Vietnamese ports 40 years ago this hour (1972)


Video: May 8, 1972

(Monday, May 8, 1972, 9 p.m. EDT, during the Easter Offensive, part of the Vietnam War) — In a nationally televised address tonight, President Richard Nixon announced that the United States would lay mines in North Vietnam’s harbors in order to stop further supply of weapons and material. Continue reading Nixon seals off North Vietnamese ports 40 years ago this hour (1972)

‘The Beatles Movie Medley’ peaks at #12 and ‘Reel Music’ album peaks at #19 in USA 30 years ago today (1982)

(Saturday, May 8, 1982)The Beatles Movie Medley, a compilation of snippets from various Beatles songs, peaked on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart at #12.

The single was lifted from the album Reel Music, a compilation album featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles that were featured in their films, which also happen to peak on today’s Billboard 200 top albums chart at #19.

Japanese repulsed as Battle of the Coral Sea ends 70 years ago today (1942)


Video: May 8, 1942 (at 3:06)

(Friday, May 8, 1942, part of the Pacific War of World War II) — The Battle of Coral Sea, a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the United States and Australia, ended today with the loss of the carrier USS Lexington and the Japanese carrier Shoho. Continue reading Japanese repulsed as Battle of the Coral Sea ends 70 years ago today (1942)