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This Day in History for May 8 – First Westminster Dog Show Opens and More

Pekingese Malachy won 2012 Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1877 – The first Westminster Dog Show is held (More info)

1902 – On the Caribbean island of Martinique, Mount Pelee erupts, destroying the town of St. Pierre and killing nearly 40,000 people (More info)

1945 – V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II (More info)

1980 – The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization (More info)

1999 – Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel in South Carolina (More info)

 

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