The Only Things That Happened On This Day in History

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1541 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River.

1794 Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France’s Reign of Terror.

1886 Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for Coca-Cola.

1945 President Harry S. Truman announced in a radio address that World War II had ended in Europe.

1978 David Berkowitz pleaded guilty in Brooklyn to the “Son of Sam” killings.

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~ by thehalobender on May 8, 2009.

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