On this day: May 8

POSTED: 01:31 PM PDT May 07, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 07, 2016 

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 - Robert Heinlein
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1988: Science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein, known for novels such as "Starship Troopers," "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress," dies of emphysema and heart failure at age 80 in Carmel, California. He's seen here signing autographs at the 1976 World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.


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