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 - 1984 Summer Olympics
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1984: After an American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, the Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The Soviet Union, which was eventually joined in its boycott by other Eastern Bloc countries and Cuba, cited security concerns and "chauvinistic sentiments and an anti-Soviet hysteria being whipped up in the United States" in its decision.


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