On this day: May 8

POSTED: 01:31 PM PDT May 07, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 07, 2014 

The first Westminster dog show takes place, Coca-Cola is sold for the first time, the Beatles release their final album, and the Soviet Union announces a boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics, all on this day.

OTD May 8 - Antoine Lavoisier
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1794: Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, is executed on the guillotine during France's Reign of Terror. Lavoisier named both oxygen and hydrogen and predicted silicon. He also helped construct the metric system, put together the first extensive list of elements, and helped to reform chemical nomenclature.

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