On this day: May 8

Published: May 07 2013 04:31:45 PM EDT   Updated On: May 08 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Maurice Sendak
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2012: Children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, best known for the 1963 book "Where the Wild Things Are," dies from complications of a stroke at the age of 83 in Danbury, Conn.

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