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 - Peter Benchley
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1940: Author Peter Benchley, best known for his 1974 novel "Jaws," and for co-writing the screenplay for the summer blockbuster movie of the same name, is born in New York City. He died of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 65 on Feb. 11, 2006.


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