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On this day: May 8

Published On: May 07 2013 03:31:45 PM CDT   Updated On: May 08 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Westminster Kennel Club
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Westminster Kennel Club

1877: At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens. The show, initiated by a group of hunters and originally for bird dogs, drew more than 1,200 dogs and proved so popular that its originally scheduled three days became four. The show is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States behind only the Kentucky Derby, which was first held in 1875.

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