On this day: May 8

Published On: May 07 2013 03:31:45 PM CDT   Updated On: May 08 2014 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 - 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, Calif. He's seen here signing autographs at the 1976 World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

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